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Jack Steele (1944 - 2013)

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Steele, Jack Jack Steele, 68, died at home in Marstons Mills on March 8 with his wife Karen at his side. Born on June 1, 1944 in Dallas, Texas, he was the son of the late Jack Steele Sr. and the late Mary Catherine Steele (Castle). Jack was raised in Corsicana, Texas and graduated from Corsicana High School. He received his B.A. and Masters degrees from the University of Texas. Jack's lifelong passion was literature. An award-winning writer, teacher, bookseller, and constant reader, his life revolved around books. His writing was often inspired by his travels to places such as Europe, Thailand, Japan, and especially Mexico, to which he was particularly drawn. He often stayed with local families there in order to have a more authentic experience and to further develop his Spanish language skills. In 2004, Jack traced the Mexican route taken by Graham Greene in 1938, documented in his book "The Lawless Roads." Jack wrote of his own experience in "Other Sides: A Journey Without Maps." Jack taught at both Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant for fiction writing, and his work was published in many literary journals. Jack and Karen met in Denver, Colorado and were married and spent many years living in Texas before relocating to Cape Cod. In recent years they spent winters in Santa Barbara, California. Jack is survived by his wife of 32 years, Karen Steele (Bean) of Marstons Mills, Massachusetts; daughter Katherine Dantin and her husband Thomas of Manhattan Beach, California; son Jack C. Steele of San Antonio, Texas; brother Gregg Steele and his wife Cathy of San Rafael, California; brother Steve Steele of Las Vegas, Nevada; grandchildren Calloway and Thomas; the Bean family of Cape Cod and Florida; many nieces and nephews and their children; and some good friends around the world. There will be a private family memorial at Jack's final resting place in Santa Barbara. Jack's favorite charity is Doctors Without Borders, and tribute donations may be made in his name. Personal messages for Jack's family may be left online at www.johnlawrencefuneralhome.com.



Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 10, 2013
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