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John R. (Jack) Reid Obituary
JOHN R. (JACK) REID Jack was born in Chicago, Illinois September 6, 1925 and passed away at Desert Hills Memory Care Center in Hemet, CA on March 23, 2013. He attended Harper High School in Chicago and upon graduation enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1943 until after the end of World War II in 1946. After the war Jack moved to Phoenix, Arizona where his parents had moved and purchased a citrus grove. He helped his parents manage their ranch while attending Arizona State University. He graduated in 1951 with a degree in Biological Science. In Phoenix Jack met his future wife, Mary, and they were married in 1950. Their first home was in Claremont, CA. where Mary was finishing her degree at Pomona College. Subsequent moves took them to Beaumont and then to Hemet in 1957, where Jack was appointed District Conservationist with the Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service. He worked as a conservationist for 28 years. Jack was an avid sports fan. As a youngster in Chicago his father had taken him to Chicago Cubs Baseball games, Chicago Bears football games and Chicago Blackhawk ice hockey games. They were always his favorite teams. Golf became Jack's favorite game to play in later years. He served as president of the Gilman Springs Men's Golf Club in the 1960's. He became an early member of Soboba Springs Country Club when it opened and served on the Men's Club Board in various positions, including president. Jack served as president of the Hemet-San Jacinto Jaycees and was a member of the Noon Exchange Club for many years. Besides his wife, Mary, Jack is survived by daughters Karen Wiesen, Marjorie (Scott) Douthett, and Charlene (Michael) Booth. Other survivors are grandchildren Christina Wiesen, Laurian, Jenny and Nelson Douthett, and Mary and Reid Booth. Also one great-grandson, Dylan. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 6, 11am at Hemet Valley Mortuary, 403 San Jacinto Ave., in Hemet. The service will be followed by a reception at the Reid home. Matthew McWane, Director

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Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 31, 2013
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