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Jack S. McClain


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Jack S. McClain Obituary
November 18, 1924 - March 17, 2016 Early St. Patrick's Day morning, Jack McClain passed away peacefully at age 91. As a young man from the Kansas prairie, he traveled the world to finally settle in Hermosa Beach with his dear wife of 64 years, June Westervelt, deceased in 2008. They met just as WWII would take him as a radio operator in the US Navy to the European war theater, as well as the invasion of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. Jack began his career as an educator in Chandler, Arizona, and by 1955, the lure of creative opportunities took them to California, where they found employment at Redondo Union High School; Jack an art teacher, June a school secretary. During these years, Jack became involved in writing and visual art, authoring television scripts, including one for the series Bonanza in the 1960s. He also flourished as a visual artist. As he became more widely recognized in the world of art, Jack contributed to many group shows, including seventeen one-man shows in New York, Arizona, California, and the Midwest. During the 1960's and 70's, under Jack's direction, his students assisted in projects that grace the campus to this day, including an iconic sculpture of a Sea Hawk in flight over its campus, and "Remember to Remember," a seascape at the entrance to the RUHS auditorium. In 1982, Jack received the very first BRAVO Award for Excellence as an art teacher. He remained an engaged and inspiring teacher until his retirement in 1985. Jack and June's presence, efforts, and legacy left an indelible imprint on whatever or whomever they touched in life. As an alumn recently stated: "Jack is now busy making Heaven a more beautiful place." Jack is survived by his brother, Galen; sister Shirley; many nieces and nephews, friends, neighbors, colleagues and students. A Sea Hawks Family Tribute to Jack McClain will be held on the RUHS Campus/base of the great Sea Hawk, Noble Plaza on Saturday, 4/2 at 1pm, which will include a walking tour of Jack's large pieces on campus. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Jack and June McClain Memorial Scholarship. Make checks payable to RUHS Scholarship Trust. Mail to: Terry Martinez, 604 El Redondo, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 31, 2016
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