Jack Dempsey Hines, 93, passed away on June 12, 2014. Jack was born in Danville, Illinois on September 7, 1920 to Irena and Grover Hines. Jack had many fond memories of being raised in rural Illinois with his brother and two sisters. His long life spanned extraordinary times. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at age 15 during the Great Depression. At 18 he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join his older brother at the University of New Mexico. It was there he met the love of his life, Marjorie Fife, who survives him as his wife of * years, who he married before he went off to war. After two years at UNM, his National Guard Unit was activated at the beginning of World War II. He narrowly missed the Bataan Death March, which his unit endured, when he was selected to attend Officer's Training School. He served in the Pacific theater and then later as a training officer. After the war, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, attaining his BBA, while remaining a member of the National Guard. His career of service to others began with a position at the Lighthouse of the Blind, then to the Houston Bank of Cooperatives, then to becoming the gin manager at Lamesa Co-operative Cotton Gin, from which he retired. During his career he also served as one of the founders and first president of the West Texas Cooperative Cotton Oil Mill in Pecos, Texas. Jack was devoted to his children, Kathe Hines Knight (Bill), Stephen A. Hines, and Daniel Justin Hines, all of whom survive him. While serving as president of the Lamesa Babe Ruth Baseball League, he had his gin employees renovate the baseball stadium. After retiring in 19* from the gin, and as a Lt. Col. in the Army National Guard, he and Marjorie moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where Jack was active in the American Legion, serving a term as its president, and in several local charities. Jack and Marge split time between San Miguel and El Paso so they could be closer to their grandchildren. Jack, known throughout his life for his sense of humor, kindness, and generosity, is revered by his grandchildren, who were inspired to academic excellence by him. As well as his loving wife, Marjorie, and his children, Jack is survived by grandchildren Kurt D. Hines (U. Minnesota, B.S. summa cum laude, Wharton's School of Business, M.B.A.), Andrew Uriah Hines (Harvard, B.A. magna cum laude, and Harvard, M.D.), Stefi Porter, (Stanford, B.A. cum laude and U. of Pittsburgh, J.D.), and Justin P. Hines (Columbia, B.S.) as well as six great grandchildren. He will be missed and long remembered.
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Published in El Paso Times from June 23 to June 30, 2014