Jack Clentis Wilkinson, Jr., 73, of St. Augustine, Fla., passed away peacefully on Feb.2, 2014, at the Bailey Family Center of Caring. Jack was born in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 25, 1940, to the late Jack and Althea Wilkinson. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lynn; his son, Clent Wilkinson (Kim) of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter, Erin Saunders (Glenn) of Nashville, Tenn.; his brother, Paul Wilkinson (Denise) of Austin, Texas; and two granddaughters, Kadance and Camber Wilkinson of Jacksonville, Fla. Jack was a man of faith, a former deacon and member of Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine. He was a devout patriot and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 12 years, earning two Purple Hearts and serving in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and South Vietnam. Jokingly called "Pappy" during his second tour in Vietnam, Jack loved and served his country faithfully. He was also a member of the Marine Corps league, St. Augustine, Fla. After being medically discharged from the Marines, Jack became a radiologic technologist, serving a number of years at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.
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In showing his kind heart, Jack was a lover of animals, most recently his beloved golden retriever, Bear. Jack also enjoyed reading, learning about history, jazz music, Florida State football (Go Noles!) and a good conversation. Jack's family extends their sincere gratitude to the physicians, Dr. Mason Long, Dr. Kishwar Husain, and Dr. Mirna Barakat for their loving support and superb care.
A memorial service celebrating Jack's life and legacy will be held at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 32 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, FL, 32084 on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. A visitation is planned following the celebration of his life. Friends and family are invited to attend and join in the honoring of Jack.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Memorial Presbyterian Church (memorialpcusa.org; 32 Sevilla St., St. Augustine, FL 32084) or the Semper Fi Fund (semperfifund.org, 825 College Blvd, Suite 102 PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057) helping wounded veterans.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park (www.craigfuneralhome.com) is in charge of arrangements.
Craig Funeral Home Memorial Park
1475 Old Dixie Highway
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Published in St. Augustine Record from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7, 2014