John D. (Jack) Webster was born in Taylorsville Utah October 17th, 1912 to George and Elsie Webster. He attended schools in Utah and California where he was active in sports, glee and drama clubs. He also served as Class President, where he finished off his high school years at Delano High School in 1932.
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He was employed as a field laborer, delivery driver, and assisted in the building of the Hoover Dam amongst many other jobs. He started and ran several grocery stores, which specifically included the Southern California Edison community of Big Creek. At that time, he began a career with Southern Pacific Railroad when he was drafted for World War II and served in the 436th troop carrier group, 82nd airborne squadron, glider outfit. While serving, he saw action throughout the European theater with several veterans who later became lifelong friends such as Leon Tisdale and Clyde Holland. He returned after an honorable discharge in 1945 and re-assumed his employment with Southern Pacific Railroad.
In 1946, he met his future wife-to -be Victoria Maricevich in Delano. They met at a dance as blind dates. Three years later, in October 1949, they were married and relocated to Lindsay. In February 1952, Jack's oldest daughter, JoAnn was born. They quickly out grew the small house and purchased property on the outskirts of Lindsay and began farming on the side. After several years, he was able to fully retire from the railroad and continued farming to support his family. In October 1953, Elsie was born, Jack's second and final child.
Over the next several years, Jack and Vicki purchased several additional properties which included pomegranates, oranges, olives and tangerines. In 1967, they built a second house on the property they owned along Highway 65. At which time, Jack ran a fruit stand which the grandparents would continue to run throughout their lives. This family business would bring loyal customers from around the globe for nearly a half century. Jack was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and attended the Lindsay Ward with his wife and family. This great patriarch will be missed by his wife Victoria of 63 years; daughters JoAnn (Rogers) and Elsie (Marrott). JoAnn's children include Charley, Timothy and Bradley. Elsie's children include Christina, Jason and Susanne.
Services will be at 10 am, Saturday, July 6, 2013 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Lindsay. Interment will be at 10 am, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Lindsay-Strathmore Cemetery. Arrangements are by Peers Lorentzen Funeral Service in Tulare.
Peers-Lorentzen Funeral Service
132 W Kern Ave Tulare, CA 93274
Published in The Porterville Recorder on July 4, 2013