Jack Edward Plumb
1947 - 2015
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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.

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22, 2015.
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November 13, 2020
When it came to Porsches, Jack would say he matched the maker. He was first class and left is way too soon. R.I.P. jack.
Your friend
March 15, 2018
Suzanne, I missed Jack's services and found out from Lane a month after he passed. My heart goes out for you. I saw Jack just a few months before, after he purchased a black Porsche 356SC and wanted to show me. He gave me a big hug when I left, which was the last time I saw him. Jack did so much for me through the years and I am so grateful to have been in his life. He was a true master and such an incredible individual. I hope you and your family are well, Mark
Mark Breinholt
February 17, 2016
My wife and I knew him as our wonderful neighbor that would visit from time to time on Bainbridge Island. We are sad to know he is gone but happy that we had a chance to share a small slice of time him and his family. He is a great guy and will be missed. Our blessings to his family.
Jim McDonough
December 17, 2015
God I'm going to miss him. He was such a great guy and made many memories for my Father and I. You will deeply be missed by me and I will never forget about you.

Rowan Henneman
November 30, 2015
I will always treasure my friendship with Jack. He was a most wonderful man who knew what he wanted and worked hard to achieve it. My sympathy goes out to his family for their loss.
Linda Killpack
November 24, 2015
Josh and Sarah Latta
November 24, 2015
sorry to here about Jack.
what a cool guy.
Jim Stoddard
November 24, 2015
Sorry to Hear about Jack. He was a Good Man. I have only known him for a few years. I met him in Wanship Ut. and did some work for him there on a building he bought. My Deepest Condolences go out to his Family at this Time.. May God Bless!
Dann Scow
November 23, 2015

A true friend and special man has been taken from us for a season. We will miss him and the joy he has brought to our lives over many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Suzanne and Jenny and their family and friends. Barry and Marilyn Fowler.
November 23, 2015
Vanessa Sabala Payne
November 23, 2015
Kathy Kaditz
November 22, 2015
I did not know Jack nearly as well as I know Suzanne and her family, but I do know that kindness and generosity was a value that was instilled in every single member of his beautiful sweet dear family. Job well done, I'm certain you will be missed dearly.
Kenneth Lee
Kenneth Lee
November 22, 2015
Suzanne and Family,
I spent many hours in your home babysitting your sweet kids on Military as a teenager. When I think of Jack...I can't think about him without Suzanne and how kind, generous and loving your family has been to so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss.
Susan Hansen Porter and the Hansen Family
November 21, 2015
Jack was such an iconic, special person. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. Although I didn't know him well, I knew that he was someone who was very special.
November 21, 2015
Emigration Canyon is and will be a better place because Jack was the man he was.
Mark C. Tracy
November 21, 2015
When I was a young teenager, my sister's husband Jack gave me a ride in his "car with wings"!. It was awesome! We zoomed up Emigration and down Parleys canyon. Fascinated by his connection to and confidence in the experience, I can see this was one early example of how he lived his life: utmost attention to detail and sharing what he loved with others.

Another fond memory was reading a story Jack wrote (yet to be published ) about his mountain hike experience one afternoon with two family pets: Kastle, Andy's dog and Katie, Sams dog. The story's premise was based on his intangible, out of the ordinary, spiritual experience. It touched my soul.
Kathleen Nelson
November 20, 2015
Dear Suzanne and family, We know y your loss is deep. We feel the pain also. Jack was one of a kind. A self made man. Generous and funny with his sarcastic wit. An unforgettable man. We were lucky to know him. The world is a colder place with him gone. RIP Jack.
Ballou Family. Bainbridge Island, Wa
November 20, 2015
Jack, I knew you only a little bit and I regret I didn't take the time to stop by the shop more often to chat with you.

I missed out on becoming a friend, condolences to your family.

RIP Jack
You are a true artisan

Dave Teal
November 20, 2015
Dear Suzanne and all the Plumb Family. My family is so very sorry to hear about the passing of Jack. We have such fun memories of our time together growing up in Canyon Rim and beyond. He and all the Plumb's are truly one-of-a-kind and yet they all share the same charm, kindness, warmth, humor and amazing generosity. When I read the beautiful obituary, the word generosity came through in such a powerful way for me. Even though I've not seen Jack in a long time, it gave me the opportunity to get to know him since we were young. What a wonderful person, husband, father, uncle and friend he was. I recently took my care into Alpine for repair and asked about Jack. Prior to going in I Googled Jack's name and read that great newspaper article about his casting award, 50 years after his first one in Chicago. Lane and I had a fun chat about Jack and I was so sorry to hear he was ill. What a terrible loss for all of you and his thousands of friends around the world, which is evident from the comments on this site. The Rogers send our love to you, Suzanne, and all of you. RIP dear Jack.
Jane Rogers
November 20, 2015
Suzanne, My heart breaks for you. I am so sorry. I miss you.
sheri rosenblatt
November 20, 2015
Oh what a loss to so many. I'm sorry to have heard this news.
Take care my friend.

November 20, 2015
Sue and family,
so sorry to hear about jack, just a fine and gentle man and I'm sure you will miss him greatly. All my condolences. robyn carter keller
robyn carter keller
November 20, 2015
I didn't know Jack, never met him, but he must have been one helluva guy. His obituary was one of the most beautiful and touching tributes to a special man that I have read in a long, long time. At the conclusion, I had tears in my eyes.

Condolences to the family, and may you have a wonderful celebration of Jack's life on Sunday. He clearly will be greatly missed by many.
Paul Beyer
November 20, 2015
Suzanne, so very sorry for your loss. What a guy. We will miss him.
Robyn Rudy
November 20, 2015
Dear Sue and family,

Jack has been my brother in law's partner at Alpine Body Shop for many years. He always had a warm hug or a handshake when we saw him at the shop. The kids and I will never forget the wonderful Celebration of Life Parties Jack and Lane hosted every year! Best parties ever and of course Jack was always there to greet us like we were family. He has touched many hearts and will be truly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you,

Tom and Cindi Hart
November 20, 2015
Wanted to wish everyone the best with the loss of Jack a truly wonderful person. We agree with all the great things being said and would like to add what a great since of humor he had and very generous.

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IVAN Hodges
November 20, 2015
A master at making your car look like it was meant to look and a gentleman to just sit back and have a good conversation with. I know you will be missed by all who knew you. RIP Jack.
Dick Chapa
November 20, 2015
Sincere condolences to you and your family, Suzanne.

Karen Bryan
November 20, 2015
Love ya, and like ya, Uncle Jack! We'll see you soon and continue our chats. - Ashlie
November 20, 2015
One cannot have lived in Emigration Canyon without knowing Jack Plumb and his wonderful family. It was my honor to teach both his son and his grandson, and to know his wife and daughter well.
Jack's son, Andy, went to heaven many years ago. I keep thinking of the remarkable reunion that Jack is having with Andy, as they embrace each other, once again.
Thank you, Jack, for your gift to those of us who were blessed by your kindness, your caring, your appreciation, your friendship, and the twinkle in your eye.
How greatly you will be missed, our friend!
Terri Jensen
November 19, 2015
,Bill & Cydney Wood
November 19, 2015
I was saddened to hear that Jack passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I too will miss Jack. Know that I'm here for all of you.Love you,Cori Coleman
Cori Coleman
November 19, 2015
All my Love
Nana Peg
November 19, 2015
Suzanne - I am so very sorry that you have lost Jack. Your friends that are left can never replace your best friend and the love of your life. We can rally to you, support you and help you heal. Reach out and let us do that.

Again, my deepest sympathies

Kristine Welcker-Ciupek
November 19, 2015
Vertraute Seelen werden sich im Jenseits wiederfinden ! Du warst du selbst, absolut authentisch!
Du bist nur voraus gegangen und "peilst die Lage dort"! Ich freue mich auf ein Wiedersehen, wenn die Zeit gekommen ist!
Angelika Safavi und Familie!
November 19, 2015
All of Jack's sister Sally's friends are sending love and sympathy from Richmond, Va. We are so sorry for your loss. May all the wonderful memories bring you comfort.
November 19, 2015
Jack was a legend in his own time. Kind, brilliant, and damn good looking. He will be missed and remembered.RIP
mike moulton
November 19, 2015
Jack was a legend in his own time. Kind, brilliant, and damn good looking. He will be missed and remembered. I wish I could be there to join in the Jack Plumb stories. RIP
November 19, 2015
Suzanne and family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to all of you.
Gina Gregovich
November 19, 2015
So sorry to hear this! 40 some odd years ago he earned the nickname Rudy after a popular TV series "Rich man, poor man". The rich man was Rudy Jordashe (Jack) and the rest of us were collectively the poor men. Dressed to the nines for work every day. Always in a late model BMW or Mercedes or Porsche he had just restored. He later decided he was much more at home in cords, a tee shirt and overspray. A true gentleman and even after many years of traveling down different paths a dear friend.
November 19, 2015
Jack and his family were our neighbors and friends while we lived in the Canyon on Skycrest lane. Jack was always busy, but would still drop by and talk. Our family has good memories of Jack and his family from those days, from tragedies to victories. They include Jack digging out the creek to form a pond in his yard for his trout, to him walking the miles of creek bed to find who was illegally taking water that would dry out the stream at our houses. He showed me true integrity, when he found a pump in the stream at my mothers house 5 miles up - and I told him she was one of the few with a water permit for irrigation from the stream. We shared words, and when he found out she was legit - Jack came by and apologized. That's when I knew he had character. It was great to have him as a neighbor and a friend. We all have good memories like that. From the Adams' - Guy, Marci, Chad, Ty and Benson - we offer our condolences.
November 19, 2015
I worked at the Rio Grande Café over 10 years ago and I still remember what a neat guy your father was. We all really liked it when he came in. I'm sorry for your loss.
Anon o
November 19, 2015
My heart goes out to you for the deep loss you must be feeling for your beloved Jack. How sad to lose someone so loved and so needed. May you find comfort in prayer and the love you have for one another.
Psalm 66:19,20
November 19, 2015
Jack, What a great man to know in this life for 40 years. Fond memories of talking about his vast knowledge of cars. I worked at Remember When Collectible Cars when he brought in his beautiful Gull-Wing to show and sale.w Will miss you a lot. Paul Page
Paul Page
November 19, 2015
An awesome human being. Wish there were more like him.
Camille DeBlanc
November 19, 2015
You were one of a kind my friend Jack.
The world is less without you in it.
Ken Dorney
November 18, 2015
I loved being friend's with Jack! I will miss his smirk, and the sparkle in his eye, and all the great conversations we had. I miss him already...
Kathy Massie
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