Jack Eli Bariteau, Sr.|
May 25, 1923 - April 26, 2013
Lifetime Resident of San Jose
89 years, 11 months and 1 day. A life full of accomplishment, Depression and World War times lived through. Family raising and all that goes with it. Married to the love of his life, Clara Bernice Hasen, for 60 years. Born to Eli Bariteau and Honora Doyle Bariteau. Raised in his parents' home along with his younger sister, Betty and little brother, Eli, Jr. located at 92 Ayer Avenue just off North First Street and near downtown San Jose. Jack attended Hester Elementary School, Peter Burnett Middle School, and then San Jose High School graduating at the age of 16.
A eager learner of the game of golf with a natural smooth swing, Jack shot his lifetime lowest round in 1939, a sterling 62 at his home course, San Jose Country Club. He attended San Jose State College where he majored in chemistry and intercollegiate golf. He was extremely proud of his Spartan heritage and played exemplary golf having been taught by the legendary San Jose Country Club pro, Eddie Duino, and his Father, Eli. He met Clarie while in college and would announce their engagement in 1943. They would be married on his 21st birthday, May 25, 1944, while on leave from his naval duties. These were the middle of the Second World War years and Jack, with his college degree, entered the US Navy and was schooled first at UCLA and then Columbia University in New York in the Navy way, earning his rank as a Lieutenant and shipping off for Pearl Harbor in mid 1944. He was assigned to command a landing craft and went on the see action in the brutal naval landings and ensuing battles for the islands of Pelieu, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
At war's end and in 1946, he retuned to San Jose with his bride in hand and went to work for his Father in the family business, Consolidated Laundry, located on East San Fernando Street in downtown San Jose. At the same time, he and Clarie built their first home high up on the hills on Alum Rock Avenue and began to raise their family. The first born was Lynn in 1947; followed by brothers Jack (1949); Robert (1953) and James in (1955) As the family grew, their house on Alum Rock became too small and Jack and Clarie eventually bought a lot that was part of the Dr. William Cureton estate further down the hill, within easy walking distance of the San Jose Country Club. They built their new home and moved in 1960. The family still calls this home today and was where both Jack and Clarie passed away peacefully with Clarie leaving us first in 2004 after celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary at the age of 81.
Jack was one of the most formidable amateur players of his day and he collected over 33 championship trophies and titles including five Santa Clara County Championships 1947, 1948, 1954, 1958 and 1960) and nine San Jose Country Club Championship titles (1943, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1955,1957, 1965, 1972 and 1983). He qualified and played in the US Amateur Championship in 1947 at Pebble Beach. He played exceedingly well and lost in the quarter finals of match play to the eventual champion that year, Skee Riegel. He played in the California State Amateur Championship for over twenty years making it to the semifinals several times losing in 1958 to his brother Eli, who went on to win his second State Amateur title 10 years after his first victory in 1948. Jack was Medalist in 1966 in this event along with Cesar Sanudo and Bob Eastwood. Jack also became a fixture in the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Invitational Tournament and played in event 11 times, tying for 3rd place with his team mate, Mac Hunter, in 1970. They shot an incredible 61 best ball in the final and fourth round to finish just 3 shots back of pro-am winners, Bob Rosburg and John Brodie. His finely tuned game took he and Clarie far and wide and Jack had the distinction of playing in the British Amateur at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland in 1970. Even in his 60th year, Jack showed his triple threat ability by winning the championship of the Seniors of Northern California Championship, the Spyglass Hill Founder's Stroke Play Championship and the San Jose Country Club title for his ninth and final time.
Jack worked hard and long having acquired, along with his younger brother, the Consolidated Laundry from his parents in the early 1950's. He and Eli expanded the business into Santa Cruz buying the Kerrick Laundry in 1955 just before the San Lorenzo River inundated the downtown in the famous flood of 1955. They moved to a new facility on Water Street that they constructed and eventually renamed the business as Bariteau's Laundry and Cleaners. In the mid 1960's, they moved the San Jose operation to North 13th Street after purchasing American Laundry and Dry Cleaners.
Jack and his brother operated both locations until they sold the business to Eli's sons, Barry and Lee in 1990. They also purchased a small specialty playground equipment manufacturer, Patterson Williams, in 1971 which was sold prior to his retirement.
Jack was a lifelong member of the San Jose Country Club and Spyglass Hill Golf Club. He was President of the Board of Directors of San Jose CC in 1963. He also served with distinction on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Golf Association from 1963 to 1971, and was involved from the beginning in the planning and organization of Spyglass Hill which was the home course of the NCGA from opening for play in 1966 until the opening of Poppy Hills GC in 1986.
Jack also served as a Trustee of the East Side Union High School District from 1965 to 1973 during the district's growth from three high schools to the current ten. He was also a strong member of San Jose Rotary. He was inducted as part of the inaugural class into the Northern California Golf Association's Hall of Fame in 2011 in the distinguished company of Ken Venturi, Grant Spaeth and Sandy Tatum. In 2011 he was honored by the City of San Jose City Council with a proclamation from Mayor Chuck Reed.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Lynn, and three sons, Jack (Mindy), Robert( Carol) and James (Peggy); his grandchildren Brian Bariteau, Tenaya Fihe, Tyler Fihe, Kathryn Bariteau, Lucy Phillips, Ashley Bariteau, Marcus Bariteau; nephews Barry Bariteau, Lee Bariteau and Patrick Bariteau; nieces Kathy Rilliet, Jill (Tom) McEnery, Diane (Roger) Sexton, Gail (Ivor) Highberg and his brother in law, John Hasen.
A private interment service will be held at the Los Gatos Cemetery. An afternoon to remember Jack will take place, Friday, May 24th at 4:00PM at the San Jose Country Club, 15571 Alum Rock Road. All friends of Dad and his family and those who knew Jack are invited to attend to celebrate Jack's remarkable life. Donations can be made in Jack's memory to the Tyler Fihe Special Needs Trust, care of Jack Bariteau, Jr. Trustee, P. O. Box 84, Sun Valley, Idaho 83353. For information, please contact Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times from May 8 to May 9, 2013