04/22/1947 ~ 11/17/2015
Our treasured husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, colleague, and mentor has left us. He left this world sooner than any of us would have liked, but he did so on his own terms. He lived in this world as the true master of many things and had valued relationships in each and every walk of his life. If you were in Jack's world, know that you are exceptional. He recognized in you something that he valued and respected. He was not one for small talk or weak excuses, but he always truly valued knowing about his peoples' lives.
If there was one thing to remember about Jack, it was that there was no other person more knowledgeable or talented when it came to cars (or antiques, or casting, or pottery, or fishing for that matter). Not only would he be the first to tell you, but he would also be the first to thoroughly demonstrate his proficiencies. Whether it was meticulously polishing his fishing reels, agonizing over the perfect door gap on a classic Porsche, or appreciating the exquisite creaks emitted from an original antique rocker, Jack had an ear and an eye for things that most would miss.
Jack (Dad, El Jefe, Crampa, Hack) left us so very many life lessons. If you choose to, you are welcome to embrace these lessons with us. We have learned that if you are going to do something, you do it well, with hard work and with passion. Also that true talent is a rare thing, and we should always appreciate it. Skills can be taught, steps can be followed, but talent cannot be replicated. We have learned that believing in people and helping them rise to their potential is a measure of success and of a life well lived. We learned that one's favorite car should always be the car one is driving (vintage little Volvo, mom wagon, truck that hauls your canoe, or frighteningly awesome German machine)...the moment and gratitude are the keys. Remember that generosity without recognition is essential for the soul. And perhaps above all, we have learned that wealth is defined by relationships cultivated. In the end, kindness, authenticity, generosity, honesty, humor...and just doing the right thing because it is right...will be the legacy we treasure from him.
We can all say to Jack that it was "better than good to have known and loved you," and he would have replied, "It was good to be known and loved."
There will be a celebration for Jack on Sunday 11/22 at Publik Coffee Roasters, 975 S West Temple, SLC, UT. There will be a sharing service from 1-2pm and then festivities from 2-4pm.
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, 2015.