Born in Great Falls, Montana, Jack’s life was centered around his love for people and commitment to his family, friends and church. He spent time in ‘awe’ of whatever he was experiencing in the ‘Present Moment’ always thanking God for his beautiful life!
From a young age, Jack embraced life with vigor, honing skills of discipline, perseverance and gratitude all during the lean years of the depression. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, in service to our country. His next step was the University of Montana, in Missoula and soon after college Jack began his family of five welcoming Colleen, Susan, Garry, Randall and Thomas.
During his early years of hard work he was able to establish himself as a respected business man in the masonry and industrial supply industries within the central and eastern divisions of Montana then in 1964 an opportunity came his way bringing the family to Portland. In 1970 he co-founded JEF Supply Inc., a venture that became a testament to his to his work ethic and integrity. He shared his success generously with employees, mentored others, and supported multiple charitable causes. Jack’s love for golf and others brought like-minded characters together to establish ‘The Construction Golf League’ which is enjoying success today! Jack met life’s challenges head-on, whether building a business or navigating personal hardships. His dedication to forgiveness, avoiding conflicts and strength of character earned him admiration and respect among his peers.
In 1990 Jack found lasting love with Rhonda Lee, his “ little flower” embarking on a vibrant romance that brought joy, companionship and a welcome heart for her two adult sons, Christopher and Kevin. His 1996 retirement allowed them to enjoy travel along with winters in the Palm Desert area golfing, entertaining family, friends and dedication to their church. Summers were spent in Vancouver, Wa. embracing Jack’s now growing family with many grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he loved dearly. When his golfing days came to an end he took a suggestion to heart and became a volunteer for the OGA.
Jack will be deeply missed but remembered for his kindnesses, his wisdom, along with a multitude of stories shared from his 91 years of celebrating life! He leaves a legacy of love for those who had the privilege of knowing him.
No, he was not perfect and will not be up for sainthood but almost everyone loved Jack!.
Services will be held November 30, 2023 at the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 3123 NE 24th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97212 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Alliance for Youth PO Box 2982, Great Falls, MT 59403 www.allianceforyouth.org (406) 952-0018