Giovanni "John" Crespi was born on 10 December 1881 Bernate Ticini, a commune in Milan, in the Lombardy region of Italy. He immigrated to the US on 24 February 1901 from Havre, France to New York City on the ship, La Gascogne. He married Rosie Zappa in Montecito on 15 March 1908. John began working on a lemon ranch in Ventura c.1910, but soon moved to Santa Barbara to work as a gardner on a private estate. Giovanni passed away on 15 July 1968 in Santa Barbara.