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John "Jack" Power


1922 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
John "Jack" Power Obituary
January 2, 1922 - March 5, 2017 Southern California pioneer surfer, Jack Power, was featured in Don James' book Surfing San Onofre to Point Dume 1936-1942 and in an August 12,1998 USA Today cover story. The article concluded: "...whatever happened to Jack Power, the prototypical Golden Boy? One day he walked down the beach and was never seen or heard from again." Well, Jack was walking toward his destiny. He married his Santa Monica High School sweetheart, Elaine (d. 2014), to whom he was devoted for 72 years. He attended UCLA and finished his degree in engineering at USC. He served our country in the Army Air Corps. After WWII, he traded his surf board for a volleyball and earned All-American honors playing both beach and indoor volleyball. He was still playing into his 80s at his beloved Beach Club in Santa Monica where he served a term as president of the board. He was also a fine tennis and paddle tennis player. Professionally, after beginning his career at Standard Oil, he became vice president of Swanson Engineering & Manufacturing Co. in Inglewood, CA. He died peacefully in Huntington Beach surrounded by family who were everything to him. He is survived by 3 daughters, Lynne (Tim) Deakers, Gayle (Chris) Christensen and Laurie (Terry) McKenzie, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and his brother Frank Power. A private family celebration of his life is planned.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 18 to Mar. 19, 2017
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