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Jack Elliott was born in Oklahoma City on April 25, 1921, to Edwin and Wilda Elliott, and passed away peacefully at home in Yuba City on October 10, 2015, one minute after receiving a kiss from his beloved wife of 68 years, Maxine, always his cherished bride.

Jack grew up in Independence, MO. During World War II he served as a signalman in the U.S. Navy. Following the war, he met the love of his life, Maxine Mayes, at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and married her. Their five Baby Boomer children followed all through the 50's. In the early 50's, Jack was City Manager of Hot Springs, SD, until his innate sense of equality for all people (in this case the local Native American population) collided with the local Good ol' Boy mind-set. For his entire life, Jack treated everyone as an equal, no matter their race, culture or background. He was part Osage; his mother had been raised on the Osage reservation in Oklahoma and was mostly shunned by his father's family, a disdain extended to Jack and his siblings.

In 1958, Jack moved his family from Kansas City to Torrance, CA and a few years later began what was to become the largest family-run tax practice in Southern California, based in Culver City. In the 60's/70's, he and Maxine were leaders of their church youth group, and their home in Redondo Beach was an inspirational "clubhouse" for teenagers for many years. Retiring from taxes in 1982, he relocated to Aptos, CA, and achieved a doctorate in Psychology, creating a program of therapeutic weekend workshops. He lived with his wife for a few years in Henderson, NV and then settled in Yuba City in 2003 for the remainder of his life.

Jack is survived by his devoted wife, Maxine, and his five children John, James, Aurora (and husband Doug), Lisa and Victoria; his granddaughters, Sonja, Anna-Lisa, Lianna, Marisa, and Anastasia; his niece Francine; his caregiver, Peggy, and many now-middle-aged Baby Boomers who called him "Dad". And the many people whose lives he impacted in an always positive way. He is predeceased by his parents, and his siblings, Geraldine, Edith, and Frank. He was a great man, always a cheerful character who always had something to say. He will be missed immensely.

"Autumn comes to us all. Blessed is he who has a long and full life - his autumn is truly golden. And blessed is he, who having passed into his winter, can be looked at and called a good man."

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2015
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