Jack F. Andrews 84, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. He was born on July 13, 1928 in Brownwood, Texas. Jack excelled at sports at Brownwood High School and was offered a full track and football scholarship to Southern Methodist University. Instead, he accepted a track scholarship to Texas A&M University
. Jack was a distinguished military student, a Regimental Executive Officer in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and the first Commander, after World War II, of the highly selective Ross Volunteers, the official Honor Guard for the Governor of Texas. He and his mother helped design the distinctive white uniforms and officers' red sashes still worn by the Ross Volunteers. Jack graduated Texas A&M as a commissioned Army officer and was deployed to Korea, where he applied his military leadership skills on the front during the Korean War
. A decorated soldier, he was honorably discharged in 1953. In 1960, Jack married his good friend from high school, Hazel Jean Scott, and acquired an instant family. He became a loving and selfless father to Hazel's four children from a previous marriage, and to one more of their own. The family settled in Austin, TX. In 1991, after 27 years of dedicated service, Jack retired from the Texas State Department of Health. He was past president of the Austin Civitan Club, past president of the Austin Golf Association, and an contributing member of The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Austin. Jack and Hazel moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1999 and embraced an active retirement life and new friends in the Saddlebrooke community. Always an avid golfer, Jack finally was able to play to his heart's content. He first shot his age at 66, and he achieved that goal every year thereafter until health problems forced him to give up his beloved game at age 80. Jack is survived by stepdaughter, Mary Jane Henley and husband, David of Tucson, AZ; stepdaughters, Jenny Lang and Julie Harlan of Austin, TX; son, Scott Andrews and wife, Kristy of Murphy, TX; brother, Jerry Andrews and wife, Lanette of Dallas, TX; brother-in-law, Conner Scott and wife, Mary of Arlington, TX; beloved grandchildren, Isaac and Luke Henley, Emily and Zach Settles, Joe Harlan and Corey Hall; cherished nieces and nephews and several generations of cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel; his stepson, John Hargrove and his parents, Urban and Esther Andrews. The family thanks doctor, Tenney Kentro and the exceptionally professional and compassionate staffs at Northwest Medical Center and Santa Catalina Villas in Tucson for their kind and attentive care. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Jack's life will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2200 Justin Lane, Austin, TX. His ashes will be inurned in the Columbarium at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Tucson, AZ. Those wanting to remember Jack may consider giving to the ministry that brought Jack and Hazel so much friendship and support during their last years: The Altar Guild of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 65840, Tucson, AZ 85718. Arrangements by DESERT ROSE.