Hon. John F. (Jack) Quirk III, 86, passed away in Bakersfield, CA, on February 19, 2014. Jack was born in Oakland, California, on June 22, 1927, to his parents Loretta Josephine Bowen Quirk and John Francis Quirk ll. Jack graduated from Salinas high school in 1945. He then attended San Mateo Junior College. While attending San Jose State College, Jack met his wife, Ann Virginia Page. They were married in 1952 and enjoyed 61 years of marriage together.
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Jack was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War, served at Far East Command Headquarters and reported directly to NATO commanders Gen. John Hull and Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor.
Upon discharge from the army, Jack resumed his education at Santa Clara University, earning his J.D. in 1959.
He and his family moved to Porterville, CA, in October of 1959, where he went to work in the Tulare County District Attorneys office under his mentor and friend Hon. Jaye Ballentine. He then transferred to the Public Defenders office.
In 1961, Jack went into private practice and also served as the city attorney for Porterville for 17 years. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. George Deukmejian in June of 1984.
Jack was predeceased by his wife Ann in September of 2013.
He is survived by his brother, James Patrick Quirk, his son John Quirk and wife Donna, daughter Diane Varner and husband Bob, daughter Erin Buell and husband Gary, and daughter Kelley Rockfellow and Keith Fullerton. He is further survived by grandchildren Shannon Knop and husband Carl, Katie Quirk, Grant Rockfellow, Mason Rockfellow, Connor Buell, and one great granddaughter, Clayton Knop.
There will be a memorial mass in Porterville at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Anne's Catholic church on Friday, February 28, 2014. Following the mass, there will be a celebration of life luncheon at the Porterville Elks Lodge on Main St.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Macular Degeneration Foundation or a
Published in The Porterville Recorder on Feb. 26, 2014