Marion Lee Jack, 78, of Talent, Ore., died March 6, 2013, in Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore.
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Marion was born Aug. 11, 1934, in Fremont, Neb., to Raymond Jack and Helen Samson.
He graduated from Henley High School in Klamath Falls, Ore., in 1952 and served in Germany with the U.S. Army 18th Infantry Division from 1953 to 1955, obtaining the rank of specialist.
Marion returned to Ashland, Ore., and obtained a bachelor's degree in secondary education in 1958 from Southern Oregon College of Education, later earning a master's degree in 1963.
He taught science at McLaughlin Junior High School from 1959 to 1990 and for two years taught social studies at Medford Mid High School. He was considered an outstanding educator in the Medford School District.
During his teaching career, Marion earned awards for outstanding contributions to science education and also served the education community as an assistant coach in football and head coach in wrestling.
From 1962 to 1985, he worked summers as a U.S. Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park, eventually serving as seasonal law enforcement supervisor.
Marion was active in the Jackson County community, serving as commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Grizzly Post No. 353 in Ashland as well as the American Legion, where he received awards for his services. In addition, he volunteered as a patient advocate and member of Mended Hearts for Rogue Valley Medical Center, assisting cardiac patients with their recovery.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife Betty Jack; son Jesse (Patti) Jack of Boulder City, Nev.; daughter Jonel (John) Todd of Talent; granddaughters Brittiany (Chris) Petetit of Talent, Army Specialist Nicole Todd of Ft. Lewis, Wash., Kathryn Jack and Jennifer Jack of Boulder City, and Mary Jack of California, Pa.; and sister Darlene Craney, Logan, Utah.
Marion will be missed by his family and the community he served.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday in Medford Neighborhood Church, 1819 W. Stewart Ave. in Medford.
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Published in Herald And News on Mar. 9, 2013