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October 26, 2014
Many thanks to everyone who took the time to write a message honoring my dad's memory. On behalf of my family, we have really enjoyed reading your memories and appreciate you sharing them with us. Many of you were right on in your description of him: intelligent, unassuming, generous to a fault, great wit ... As yesterday was the 2nd year anniversary of my father's passing I thought I'd briefly share a few fun memories which I often recall -
- The terrifying moment he had me stall the plane, a V tailed Bonanza with the Sutter Buttes in the background when I was 15
- In the 1970's laughing hysterically with tears in our eyes, during Cheech and Chongs Up in Smoke, at an empty movie theater in Incline Village, NV
- washing the airplane with him then going for cheese burgers
- his insistence at a music store that I buy and learn the saxophone instead of a clarinet or flute (that the band director recommended "for girls")
- the crazy, first driving lesson he gave me on the way home from buying the saxophone when I was going 80 miles an hour because he told me to "floor it" ....then listening to Dave Brubeck's Take Five after we got home
- landing in Mulege, Baja CA and walking into a Casablanca type bar next to the runaway only to hear an old drinking buddy shout out his name...
- turning beautiful figure eights over Lake Tahoe

Thank you Dad for giving us an interesting, eventful life of both security and adventure. I am so very grateful.....

November 03, 2013
November 03, 2013
My late mother, Margaret Bowley (at that time Margaret Davenport) worked for Jack in the 1970's and early 1980's as his personal secretary when he was a lobbyist and shared an office on L Street with Judge Garibaldi.
Those were some of the happiest days of her life because of the work environment he created and the wonderful boss that he was. As a single mother who struggled to make ends meet he allowed her to do extra work for other lobbyists during her regular working hours and I think he provided those opportunities through his business contacts. Not a common thing for an employer to do. He also paid her a pension in addition to her salary which was and still is unheard of for a private individual employer to do. But that was Jack, generous to a fault.
He was incredibly intelligent and knowledgeable in so many areas yet a most unassuming man. Never boastful or having to be the center of attention although clearly he had plenty to boast of. When I was a child I found him to be a very serious person at all times. But that can't be completely right because I also remember the crowd that gathered at lunch time in his office's conference room to watch "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" during those years that it was on T.V. They all thought that was the most hysterical thing they had ever seen.
It was an exciting, fun place for my mother to work and he and Nadine always treated her as their equal, not as a subordinate. My whole family has always had tons of respect for Jack Crose. He was a very impressive and respectable man. I feel honored to have known him.

I send my sincere condolences to you Nadine, for losing your partner that you shared such a great and varied life with. I only wish I'd sent them sooner. And my condolences to you Jana, though it's been many years since I've seen you.

Megan, my heart goes out to you. I'm so sorry. You must be devastated by his passing because I know how close you were to him. I know you adored your father and shared a special bond with him throughout most of your life. His passing must leave a huge hole in your heart. I hope that time will eventually help soften the pain. I can't think of anything else to say to make you feel better. I love you and think about you all the time.

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October 29, 2013
I Have been friends with Yana and her family since 1964.
I have so many fond memories of Jack. He took us flying to the Nut Tree and and we would have lunch and shop. He would drive us up to Lake Tahoe and put up with all the girl talk and laughter.Jack loved looking through his telescope at night and would eagerly share his knowledge about the constellations with us.He also loved cats and often had one on his lap while relaxing at home with his wife Nadine.He had a dry sense of humor that was often appreciated a few delayed moments after he spoke.Jack had many talents and interests.He was
dearly loved by his family.He was a good man and he will be missed.
Erin McDonald
October 29, 2013
My son and i will remember Jack all our lives ,the fun we had saturday mornings first washing the flying the plane to dry it off. all the aircraft knowledge he happily shared with us. The hours working on something or other in the hanger. He was a great man and a very good friend and is very missed by us.
October 20, 2013
I got to know Jack Crose in his later years, in that short time I found him to be one of the most caring and generous individuals I had ever met. I will miss him dearly.
September 30, 2013
I had borrowed some money off of jack years ago to purchase a car. When I made my final payment to him, I tried giving him a little more than I owed for interest. He got mad as hell at me, saying that was not part of the deal. Jack took my son and I flying once. It was a lot of fun. He was really a great guy. One of those types of people that the world was a better place because he was in it. He will be greatly missed
November 09, 2012
Nadine ...Roberta and I extend our deepest sympathies. the extended time period that Jack and I worked in the same process gave me a rewarding chance to know both of you. Thanks to you both.
November 05, 2012
It was my privilege to know Jack in connection with my activities with the California Mortgage Bankers Assn. He was a real asset to CMBA and I enjoyed my contacts with him. He was truly one of a kind and he gave valuable service to CMBA.
November 04, 2012
A grateful nation mourns its loss. Rest in peace, Sir.
November 04, 2012
So sad to hear of his passing. I remember peeking over the back fence to see what you were up to, Megan. My thoughts are with you and your family. Take care.
Eileen Cooper
November 03, 2012
Desr Nadine,
Jack was an early mentor to me when I worked at the legislature. In addition to a great sense of humor, he was gifted in so many areas. My condolences to you and your family.
November 03, 2012
Dear Yana and Family- What a wonderful tribute to an amazing man. He was a WW11 veteran! What an interesting and accomplished man. He represented vendors and candy industry. In the 60's my father went to Sacramento to represent blind concessionairs who had snack bars in county buildings and allowing them to make as much profit as they could. Wonder if they ever crossed paths. You never know. My hearts go out to all of you. This amazing man had quite a legacy and was fortunate to have a loving family also.
November 02, 2012
Yana my heart goes out to you and your family. He sounds like an amazing man and a wonderful person to have for a father. What a big hole he must leave. Wishing you only happy memories to begin filling that hole. XOXOXO
November 02, 2012
Crose family... What a wonderfully rich story! I love you Nadine and I will never forget the one time I talked with Jack (in the shoe department of Nordstrom nonetheless) he said he was going to get me elected to political office. I've dreamed of being the President of California ever since.
November 02, 2012
Nadine, Yana and Megan,
Life just isn't long enough to do all a person wants to do if one is interested and interesting. Some people may squander the time they have, but not Jack Crose! He would have made good use of much more time had he been given it. I always thought my dad, Don Morrison, and Jack would really have enjoyed each other. Politics, flying, the love of a challenge: I like thinking of them together, but it never happened in this life. We think of you as family, and we grieve with you and happily listen to and share your stories. His memory will live on.
November 02, 2012
nadine, jana and megan...

don't know if you remember me, but i sure remember your family. games of kick-the-can, learning to ride bikes, and hours of playing with troll dolls and drinking hawiian punch.. i remember you girls and dear gloria, next door. what a great group of neighbors we had on oakridge way. babysitting you girls was always a pleasure... and rootbeer such a sweet kitty.

so sorry to hear of jack's passing; he always seemed to have such an exciting life...flying, working with politicians... and with such a beautiful family! they just don't make neighbors like the croses' and the kennedys' anymore...

we're all grown up, now... my three older sisters and i dearly cherish our memories of, what i like to think of as, the "eichler years"... loved the houses, loved the families and, most of all, the memories.

hope you are all doing well, and know you will get through this with the love you had for jack and for eachother. take care, and know that you are in our thoughts.
November 02, 2012
Nadine, You and Jack were blessed. I truly enjoyed the years spent with Jack in the corner office. Much love to you. Lin Silva
November 02, 2012
Jack was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed. Indeed, I will have a good lunch a lift a glass to him! My thoughts are with the family.
November 02, 2012
Megan, you and your family are in our thoughts and hearts .
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