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Jack "J.B." was born to Andrew Jackson Edwards and Edna Francis Allison in Rainier, Oregon.
He died peacefully at home in his sleep of age-related causes while attended to by his family.
Jack graduated from high school in Shelton, Washington, in 1940. He worked as a logger until he enlisted in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in San Diego. It was there he met his wife, Delores Marie Daigle. They were married on December 24, 1945.
Upon discharge from the Navy, he, Delores and son David returned to the great Northwest woods where he worked as a high climber, rigger and foreman for Schaefer Brothers, Simpson, Bloedel and other logging companies. In 1949, a daughter, Philomena, was born while the family lived in Montesano, Washington.
Jack's brother, Billy Howard, brought him to Forks. He bought his first log truck and hauled logs to the ports of Aberdeen and Port Angeles for export. After 1951, he partnered with Don Rhyne, forming Edwards and Rhyne Logging Company. In 1966, he liquidated his assets, and Jack and Delores moved to Port Angeles in 1968.
He was retired for a few years and then started his own company, Edwards Logging Company. This company remains today, owned and operated by his son, David. Jack thought of himself as a professor of logging. For many years, he attended logging congresses in Victoria.
In 1996, he was Clallam County Logger of the Year, jointly with Don Rhyne.
Jack was a licensed instrument and rotary wing pilot. For years, he owned an airplane. He and Delores and others traveled extensively with his airplane to Alaska, California and all over the West. Jack and Delores also owned a pleasure craft and enjoyed fishing for salmon at Clallam Bay and Port Angeles. Jack was an avid sportsman and a champion trap shooter. He enjoyed hunting for elk and deer in the Forks area. Jack belonged to the Elks and Port Angeles Gun Club for years.
Jack was preceded in death by his loving wife, Delores, who died 12 years ago.
He is survived by his sister, Vernona Sandmire, and brother, Warren Edwards; son David and spouse Darnel Edwards; granddaughter Staci and spouse John Jahn and great-granddaughter Stella; daughter Philomena and spouse Steven Brown, grandson Dylan and spouse Cerena Brown, and great-grandchildren Kody, Silas, Brooke and Savannah; and grandson Luke and spouse Erin Brown, and great-grandchildren Amelia and Alice.
Jack was a loved husband, son, brother, dad, uncle, grandfather, partner and friend. He will be missed.
His family will gather for the interment of Jack's ashes at Ocean View Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Meals on Wheels or your
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Dec. 30, 2011