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Jack Hendrickson was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on July 19, 1926. He was the second son and fourth child of Charles Hendrickson and Mary Anna (Williams) Hendrickson. He was the youngest of four children, with sisters Eleanor and Margaret, and brother Robert.
After graduating from Hinsdale High School in 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the light cruiser Vicksburg till 1946.
Waiting to enter Lawrence College, Jack worked as a logger (chokerman) in Pacific County, Washington. During the 1947-1948 school year at Lawrence in Appleton, Wisconsin, Jack was continually reminded of the Western Washington forest. He entered the University of Washington College of Forestry in the fall of 1948.
Following graduation in 1952, he served as a logging engineer and forester for Weyerhaeuser, West Tacoma Newsprint, Rayonier as Northwest timber chief forester before becoming a consultant in 1978. As a consultant, his clients included Olympic National Park, Crown Zellerbach, Rayonier, and Merrill & Ring, Japanese log exporters, private loggers and timber land owners. He participated in the founding of Green Crow Timber Company.
Jack was an active member of forest management organizations, including the Society of American Foresters, Washington Forest Protection Association, Western Forestry Association and North Olympic Timber Action Council.
Jack enjoyed fishing, boating and watching the UW Huskies play!
Jack and Carla Cummins were married in 1950. They had two children, Eric Hendrickson of Seattle and Lynn Hendrickson (Florence) of Washington, New Hampshire. They divorced in 1971.
Jack and Loris Watson Roberts were married in November of 1972. When Jack became a consultant, Loris became a full-time partner in the business. She took care of the office, including business contacts and records, and at times participated in field work.
They also traveled extensively in the U.S. and in the world, going to Africa four times. They hiked extensively in the Olympics — just for fun.
Jack was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Kiwanis-Juan de Fuca and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his three stepsons, eight stepgrandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild.
Jack always did the right thing — even when no one was looking!
In lieu of flowers, plant a tree for Jack.
A graveside inurnment will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Mount Angeles Memorial Park, 45 South Monroe Road, Port Angeles. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at First Presbyterian Church, 139 West Eighth Street, Port Angeles.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Apr. 12, 2013