CROSE, Jack C.
Age 88, a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and excellent man of wit, intelligence, and integrity, passed away in Sacramento on October 25, 2012.
Jack was a former Chief Assistant to Speaker of the Assembly, the late Jesse M. Unruh; an attorney and longtime state lobbyist; as well as an avid pilot.
He began his life on April 15, 1924, in Crain, Missouri. From the age of five Jack was raised in Tulare, California, where he excelled academically and was student body president at Tulare Union High School.
It was through his parent's hobby shop and his participation in model airplane contests that Jack's love of flying began and during his life he would go on to own 10 different airplanes.
Jack served in WWII navigating B17's and B29's in the Pacific conflict, and served as a Weather Reconnaissance Navigator at the Bikini Island Atomic Test.
After the war he returned to finish college as a journalism major at Fresno State where he met the love of his life, Nadine Stephenson, a talented artist and elementary school teacher, whom he married in 1950. The couple moved to Modesto where Jack worked as a reporter for 12 years at the Modesto Bee and owned and operated Crose Aviation, a flight instruction and plane rental business.
1961 brought Jack to Sacramento where he entered the political arena as a legislative assistant under the late Speaker, Ralph M. Brown, and went on to serve as Chief Assistant to the late Speaker, Jesse M. Unruh. In 1968 Jack was accompanying Robert F. Kennedy when he was assassinated. He also served as a delegate at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. He graduated 2nd in his law school class from McGeorge College of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 1966. From 1969 to 1993 he had a private law practice specializing in lobbying. Some of his many former clients include Teneco, the City of Long Beach, Delta Wetlands, as well as numerous associations dealing with the securities and bond industries, mortgage banking, opticians, candy manufacturers, vendors, and distilled spirits. Jack was a founding member and past president of The Institute of Governmental Advocates as well as an active member of the Sheriff's Aero Squadron in Sacramento for many years.
After retirement Jack spent most of his days flying and working on his airplane at Sacramento Executive Airport until he was 80 years old.
In addition to flying airplanes and gliders, some of his many passions include Formula One Racing, astronomy, modern jazz music, photographing birds, visiting his home at Lake Tahoe, and traveling the world with his wife.
Jack is survived by his wife Nadine of Sacramento; daughters Yana Kennedy, attorney, of Huntington Beach, and Megan Crose, of Sacramento; and granddaughter Danica Kennedy, of West Hollywood; and 'Buddy,' the last one of many Siamese cats who happily occupied his lap. We will all miss his kind and gentle heart.
At Jack's request there will be no memorial service and in lieu of flowers, Jack would like his many wonderful friends to take themselves out to lunch.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Nov. 4, 2012