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Jack Fly Sampson Obituary
Jack Fly Sampson December 18, 1918 - May 13, 2012 Jack Fly Sampson, born December 18, 1918 to Jonnie Fly and Arthur Sampson in San Antonio, TX, went home to be with his Lord on May 13, 2012. Jack spent his early years in Texas before moving to California, where he lived with his aunt and uncle while finishing high school. After graduation, Jack headed back to Texas and joined the Texas National Guard in 1940, leading to a call to active military duty on May 19, 1942 at the age of 23. Jack's military service cannot be understated. He fought in the battles along the French coast - the third wave at Omaha Beach, northern France and the Rhineland. In 1944, Jack was allowed to return home after being wounded in Belgium as part of the Big Red1 - 1st Infantry Division. His military awards include the American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze battle stars. First Lieutenant Jack Sampson was honorably discharged on October 25, 1945. After serving his country, Jack returned to San Antonio. He soon met Monta Lucille (Dude) Bates, a friend of his sister Evelyn's. They married in 1947 and moved to Bakersfield, CA. On April 8, 1948, the pair welcomed Jeffery Arthur Sampson into their family. To support his new family, Jack owned a potato business that supplied local restaurants. He later parleyed his experience into a position as an agricultural inspector for Kern County where he worked for 25 years until retirement in Jan, 1984. In 1963, Jack and Monta divorced. One year later, in 1964, Jack met Marion Potter, a former social worker in Harlem. However, the pair's wedded bliss was short lived. Marion died in 1968 after a brief battle with cancer. In the midst of ten years of emotional upheaval, Jack found comfort in a close friend, Daisy, who had walked with Jack and Marion through those final months. Daisy (Gerarda) Mueller married Jack on April 12, 1969. They were married for 42 years. Jack's interests were wide and varied. He took up beekeeping with his friend Gene Truax, a vocation his son Jeff would later take on. In 1950, Jack helped to create the Bakersfield Pigeon Race Club. For over 50 years, Jack raced pigeons up and down California as well as several other places in the U.S. He was also an involved member of the local Masonic Lodge, High Twelve Club and the Shriners, plus the American Legion. Music, "good music" as Jack would say, was another passion. His heart loved the melodies created by the amazing talents of the Big Band Era. Jack could sing any number of classic tunes from memory. He recalled live performances of greats such as the Glenn Miller Band, Count Basie's Orchestra, and ole' Satchmo. According to Jack, recordings never did their talent justice. However, first and foremost, Jack Sampson loved to travel. One summer, he took Marion and Jeff on a camping trip across the United States. Later, Jack and Daisy would crisscross North America in a fifth wheel, visiting Alaska and Mexico and many points in-between. He also ventured back across the Atlantic to visit France, Germany, the Netherlands and look once more on the battlegrounds where he had served his country so faithfully. Years later in his 80s, Jack experienced some significant health problems. When his condition did not improve, his son Jeff, daughter in law, Cathy, and their pastor, Steve, prayed with Jack and served him communion. Jack gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ that very night and his health was miraculously restored. From that point on, he served the Lord, his life forever changed. Jack became very active at St. Paul's Anglican Parish where he and Daisy were faithful parishioners. Jack lived a very full life. He always had a story or a joke to tell, a big band song to sing, and a twinkle in his eye. His family will always wonder if, when he met God, he greeted Him with a trademarked phrase: "How's your como se llama?" Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Daisy, and his son Jeff. He is survived by his daughter in law, Cathy, grandsons Joseph (Rakel'), Nathan (Joy), and Benjamin, granddaughters Abigail Walker (Chris) and Susannah Martin (Alex) and seven great grandchildren. Services at St. Paul's Anglican Parish, 2216 17th Street, Bakersfield on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at 2:00 pm. At a later date, he will be interned at the Bakersfield National Cemetery. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on May 21, 2012
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