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John Joseph "Jack" Kabateck

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John Joseph "Jack" Kabateck Obituary

John Joseph "Jack" Kabateck - beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to those fortunate enough to share a precious moment with him - left us broken hearted when he peacefully went home to be with the Lord on August 15th. He blessed us with many valuable lessons from his wonderful life, but the most important have been "love and take care of each other" and "enjoy what we've enjoyed" which were among his last whispered words.
Jack's story started on a September day many years ago in Los Angeles when he was born to Edith and Stephen. He grew up in West LA and attended University High. One of his first forays into public service was to our country, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army, ultimately serving as Sergeant of the Guard to General Douglas MacArthur and staff in Seoul, Korea.
Jack returned to LA and later graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications at the dawn of the Golden Age of Television. While at USC, he helped start the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and years later saved the chapter when it fell into a state of disarray. His service was recognized when he received the Order of Merit, the highest honor given to a member.
In addition to public service, Jack taught us the importance of a devoted work ethic. He applied for a job at KABC-TV (Channel 7) in 1952, and while in the personnel office met the one and only love of his life, Glady. Their attraction was so immediate that the HR director admonished the two to stop talking or she would fire them before they got hired. Jack went on to produce early TV shows, including "Criswell Predicts" - featured years later in the film "Ed Wood". He then left TV production to sell air time on radio, which would become his business and career for the next sixty years. He spent more than twenty years with Westinghouse Broadcasting as the West Coast sales manager before starting his own company, Western Regional Broadcast Sales, representing radio stations up and down the coast right up until he passed away. He never wanted to stop.
Jack taught us about giving back and selflessness. Glady and Jack moved to Glendale in 1960, where the two of them would make serving their children and community their highest priorities. Over the next 54 years, Jack tirelessly worked to make his town a better place. He was active with the Verdugo Woodlands Dad's Club, performing in and running the Father's Follies for many years. Jack also spent more than twenty years on the Glendale Symphony Board and worked tirelessly on the local Red Cross and Boy Scouts Boards for over 25 years, as well. Jack loved his weekly camaraderie and service with the Glendale Rotary Club, dedicated to serving the needs of children and the less fortunate. It comes as no surprise that his full spectrum of service earned him the Glendale Man of Achievement in 1999, The Glendale Chamber of Commerce Golden Service award in 1998 and the Paul Harris award from Rotary.
Jack also taught us the importance of serving God. He was a longtime member of La Canada Presbyterian Church, where he served two terms as a Deacon and helped with many other activities throughout the church. He was a humble man who didn't need to wear his faith on his sleeve; others knew God's light shone through Jack by his simple daily actions and words.
Jack taught us to experience life and have fun. Weekend trips to his beloved cabin in Big Bear with family and many friends, Oakmont Country Club, and other magical journeys with Glady, family and friends. He had a huge circle of friends, loved people and was genuinely more concerned about others' well-being than his own. Without even trying, Jack accumulated an enormous fan club. If you knew him, then you would understand the joke that if he was standing with the Pope, people would ask who the guy was in the white robe next to Jack Kabateck. He loved chardonnay with ice and vanilla ice cream with real hot fudge.
But most of all, Jack taught us love. He had a 62-year love affair with Glady and they were married for 55 years. They were inseparable best friends, only spending a few nights apart in all those years. Glady has lost her best friend. He was immensely proud of his two boys, Brian (Roxanne Hampton) and John (Maggie Uhey) and their two grandchildren, Lily and Simon, and simply beamed when cuddling his beloved Pomeranian, Hollie, on his lap.
Jack, may your strength give us strength, may your faith give us faith, and may your hope give us hope and may your love give us love.
We are so grateful for all that you taught us and all that you were - a loving, sweet gentle man who cared most about doing good things so that others would find peace.

The family will hold a private burial. A public "celebration of life" memorial service will be held on September 13 at 11:00 am at La Canada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., La
Canada, Flintridge. If you wish to, please make a contribution in Jack's name to the .
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 24, 2014
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