Jack A. SUMMERS

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SUMMERS, Jack A. Jack passed away peacefully on July 29, 2013. He was born in Seattle, WA and passed away in Spokane, WA after living a very long and full life. We describe him as man who had the gift of gab and loved to talk to anyone, friend or stranger, about anything. He had a keen sense of humor and loved to assign nicknames to family members, friends and clients. He had a repertoire of anecdotes for any occasion. Jack loved auto racing and started his flagman/starter career at an early age in the Spokane area and then in Southern California. There he earned the moniker Jumpin' Jack and worked at many tracks including Riverside, Gardena and Ascot. He loved watching the Speed Channel and attending racing reunions in both Spokane and in the Los Angeles area. He was the featured guest of honor at the California Jalopy Association reunion in 2011. After returning to the Spokane area from California in the 1970's, Jack turned from auto racing to the auction business. He became a professional auctioneer and operated the Deer Park Auction for many years until he retired in the mid 1990's. Retirement did not mean sitting still to Jack. He continued haunting estate sales and auctions for years and loved conducting storage and farm auctions and frequently had yard sales. He volunteered his time as an auctioneer for benefits for organizations like Cancer Patient Care and The Spokane Human Society as well as school auctions at his grandchildren's school. He only had to hear the words benefit auction and his eyes would light up. He was a 'collector' and claimed to have two of everything, which was not a lie. He loved trade and barter, buy and sell or whatever it took to seal the deal. Jack served in the US Navy as a Seabee and always maintained the highest regard for others who served our country. Jack spent the last few years living in Morgan Acres close to Hillyard neighborhood where he spent many of his formative years. He was a husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa and a wonderful friend to many. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. Jack is survived by his wife, Elaine Forster, whom he affectionately referred to as his Warden, children Tammy Summers , Shawn Summers (Marylou), Michelle Trent (Chad), Alvin Finch (Anne), Beth McRae (Lon) and grandchildren Danyelle Dodd, Ryley Nelson, Dalton Summers, twins Nick and Gabby Trent, Kate and Alexandra Finch, Dillon and Natalie McRae, his sister Sharon Horey and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Special thanks are extended to the staff of Holy Family Hospital, NIACH, Life Care Solutions, Assured Home Health, Dr. Susan Laing aka Dr. Notorious. We have met some amazing medical professionals in the last few months who have helped us navigate the sunset of Jack's life. Please join us for a memorial celebrating Jack's life on Saturday, August 10 at Northeast Community Center, 4001 N. Cook St, Spokane, WA 99207 at 2:00 PM. Jack was a plain and simple man, so don't dress up too much for him! As Jack would say, "Turn out the lights, the party's over!"

Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 4, 2013
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