John (Jack) Melvin Klacking
February 12, 1922
July 3, 2014
John (Jack) Klacking, 92, was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 12, 1922, and
passed away on July 3, 2014, at the home of his daughter, Carol Klacking, in Tomball, Texas after losing his battle with renal cancer.
Jack, a member of the Greatest Generation, served as a Lieutenant in the Marines where he received a Golden Glove Award on the USMC boxing team. During World War II
he saw action and is a recipient of a Purple Heart
for injuries received in the battle at Sai Pan.
After the war, he returned to Michigan where he got a degree in Math and Physics from Western Michigan University. While there he played baseball for the college team and excelled as a pitcher.
On a whim, he chose to help move a cousin to California and decided to stay. It was then he met and married his wife of 61 yrs., Betty and raised 3 children.
He extended his education in Engineering at the University of California and started a long career as an Aeronautical Engineer at Aerojet-General Corp. During that time he was the principal engineer in developing the "Klacking Engine"; a propulsion engine that was later used by the United States Navy
He continued his career and education in Nuclear Engineering with Bechtel Corp. in Power plant design and quality assurance. He was a co-chairman with the Atomic Energy Commission and participated in a National Symposium on Maintainability. He managed the quality assurance program plan for Three Mile Island Unit 2 Decontamination and Recovery Project and the Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation project as well as the program for the Susquehanna project.
Throughout his life he traveled the world for business and pleasure. However, despite his career and accomplishments, he was most proud of his wife, Betty and their marriage of 61 yrs. and their 3 children, Peter, Carol and John.
Never meeting a soul he could not make laugh, Jack had a great sense of humor, and a loving caring heart. He met people as strangers but left them as friends. Through his life, he continued to love sports, having participated in baseball and boxing, but also enjoyed fishing, golfing, boating, camping and exploring with his family. Jack was also a member of the Masonic Temple.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty, grandsons Nicholas C. Courson and John S. Klacking. He is survived by his sons Peter J. Klacking, John C. Klacking ( Kerri), daughter Carol A. Klacking, and 4 grandchildren; Scott H. Klacking, David M. Klacking, Alise N. Courson and Emma E. Klacking.
A private service will be held in Reno, Nevada with close friends and family.