Joseph "Wayne" White
Joseph Wayne White, 82, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, at home from heart complications. Wayne is now reunited with his beloved wife, Janie K. White and son, Wes.
Wayne was the oldest of two sons born to parents, Orville White and Gladys Kay Gowin, in Kansas City, MO. He moved to California when he was nine and graduated from Salinas High School in 1948. Wayne attended Hartnell Junior College and took an interest in carpentry. He attended trade school and started his own company JW White Construction in 1958. He went from working out of his car to having a team of more than 35 men building hundreds of custom homes throughout Salinas and Monterey County.
Wayne had a passion for flying and became a licensed pilot, with instrument rating, in 1963. He bought his first Bonanza Beechcraft airplane and began flying his family to vacations, fishing and hunting trips, while working in construction. A good friend said "Wayne wore his plane like an old pair of boots. He was an excellent pilot, one of the best, and used his plane like a car, both for business and personal recreation."
He was hired to build the California Fat City Cattle Company in Gonzales; when offered what Wayne called the "chance of a lifetime" to build the same complex in Australia. This brought the first cattle feed lots to Australia. He took flight and set out 8,000 miles away to fulfill his life's dreams. He brought Janie Cook, his lifetime companion, to marry and lived together in the land down under from 1972 to 1974. They plotted and mapped out plans for the rest of their lives. Wayne's life long passion for flying, fishing, hunting, houseboating and the outdoors brought them to Redding. This would become their home base where they brought many friends and family to live. In 1975, Wayne built a beautiful home on the Sacramento River. He bought PT. McCloud Marina, a fleet of 32 houseboats and 95 jet skis on Lake Shasta and owned the Packer's Bay Marina for five years.
In 1973, he and Janie began their "bucket list." They fulfilled every travel and dream listed on that list! One of his friends, Harry Eckelman, said it best "His bucket overflowed!"
Wayne and Janie were together 24/7 and had their bags packed all the time as they went from one travel adventure to another. Together they logged over 4,000 hours of airtime in that Bonanza. They traveled up and down California, down to Mexico, across the country to Washington D.C., Florida and New Orleans. They went on to travel throughout Europe and Asia and spent every Valentine's Day for 36 years in Hawaii. Wayne was larger than life. Janie called him her "Personal Superhero" as everything he set out to do, he accomplished. He was strong, determined yet loving and a dear friend and business partner to many. They brought joy and laughter in the lives of so many and leave us with fond memories too many to count. It is impossible to think of Wayne and not think of the Frank Sinatra Song…I did it my way!
Wayne is survived by his children, Steve White (Millie), Mark White (Sherry), Wes White (deceased) (LuAnn) and Heidi White Park (Steve) and daughters of the Heart, Carin Cook Piini (Tom) and Stacey Cook Swartz (Charlie); grandchildren, Bart White (Heidi), Ian White, Allison White, Katie White Montanez (Dan), Spencer Park (Kayla), Emma White, Andrew White; grandsons of the Heart, Stuart Park (Alicia), Dustin Schnaible (Noel), Sam Schnaible, Eric and Michael Ponder; great-grandchildren, Wesley White and Gracie Park; his great-grandchildren of the Heart, Taylor Park and Kalista Schnaible; his brother, Charles White (Ellen); nephew, Jeff White; niece, Kim Patton (Joe); and uncle, Kenneth Gowin.
Services will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 1825 East Street, Redding, CA.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Wayne's honor to Visiting Angels of Redding, Interim Hospice of Redding, Shasta Regional Medical Center-Cardiovascular Services and the SPCA.