Jack D. Davelaar, Sr. Feb 9th, 1923 - July 5th 2014 Jack Davelaar was born in Sumner, Iowa on February 9, 1923. The family moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1924, where he received his formal schooling, graduating from High School in 1940. He was a sheet worker and ship fitter at Todd Shipbuilding in Tacoma until 1943, when he went in the Navy, followed by his two brothers who also enlisted in the Navy. Jack served in the South Pacific and the Philippines and was discharged in 1946. Returning home, he enlisted in the USNR (inactive) in 1947, and a call to active duty during the Korean Conflict was deferred in light of his employment; receiving his discharge while attending the FBI Academy. Jack was accepted in the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in October, 1948, received the rank as Detective in 1952 and was the first officer to attend the FBI, national Academy later that year. Attaining the rank of Captain of Detectives and Chief criminal Deputy, a position held until 1963, when he accepted the position as Chief Deputy for the Pierce County Coroner's Office. In 1967 he was appointed Coroner, a position he held until retirement in July, 1982. In 1973, he received an invitation by the S.A.C. (Seattle) to attend a one week refresher course in Quantico, VA, the new FBI Training Center. In 1952, during his studies, Quantico was used for Firearm training, with all other studies at the Bureau in Washington, D.C. Married in 1942 to his High School sweetheart Dorothy Sheridan, they were blessed with two children, Jack Jr. and Linda Sue. They have three grandsons, one granddaughter, ten great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and Ray and his beloved Kay. His retirement time was spent with family, enjoying recreational property in Mazama, WA. Photography, painting, fishing and fly tying seems to fill in any free time. For many years, he was active in his Elks Lodge and served as one of the Directors of the Tacoma Athletic Commission. Graveside service to be held Monday, July 14 at 2:30pm at Mountain View Memorial Park, followed by a reception in the Oak Room at Mountain View. Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home. Remembrances may be shared at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on July 11, 2014