Jack William Drake
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September 17, 1924 - December 12, 2013
On December 12th, after a short illness, Jack, 89, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the VA Hospital.
Jack was born September 17, 1924, in Green River, Utah to Ruby and Albert Drake. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gerald, Alvin and Ray; sister, Louise; his beloved aunt, Margaret Johnston, and his friend and father-in-law, Frank Johnson.
After schooling in Green River, Jack joined the Navy in 1943. He served with the 116th Naval Construction Battalion in the Asiatic Pacific theatre. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he located in Grand Junction where he married and raised a family.
Jack Drake was proud of being a husband, father, Elk, Navy Seabee, and being of service to his community.
He met Frances Johnson November 1st, 1946. They married March 30, 1947, and spent the next 66 years laughing, dancing, raising children and enjoying each other's company.
Jack is survived by his wife, Frances, and three children, Catherine, Steven (Loretta), and Edwin, and a grandson, Blake.
Jack joined Grand Junction Elks Lodge in 1946 (67years). Three times he was Elk of the Year. He enjoyed volunteering at the Veterans Hospital helping fellow vets. He was also a member of the Eagles Lodge #595 and a Boy Scout mentor.
Jack was a lifetime master carpenter. He enjoyed traveling the US with Frances to attend Seabee reunions, and visiting with his many, many friends. Jack's acquaintances often became good friends because of his generosity, witty humor and willingness to offer a helping hand.
Jack's wishes are that there be no memorial service but would like you to reflect on your fond memories of him and remember others who need service and assistance, then give it.
Our family would like to thank the many people who cared for him at the Grand Junction VA Medical Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the VA CLC/Hospice Fund at Customer Relations Department, 2121 North Avenue.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Dec. 19, 2013