Jack David Pearl
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Jack David Pearl, resident of Shell Beach, died unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Brooklyn, N.Y., while doing one of the things he loved in life, dancing. Jack was born in San Francisco, Calif., in August 1951 in the Hunters Point neighborhood, where his beloved 49ers and Giants made their eventual home.  His family moved to Oakland in 1953, and again to Los Angeles in 1959 to be closer to his mother's family, with whom he stayed close with throughout his life. Jack attended Cheremoya Avenue Elementary School, Joseph Le Conte Junior High School and Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, where he played basketball and football - he graduated in 1969.          Jack moved to Isla Vista (Santa Barbara) in 1971 to attend UC Santa Barbara, where he majored in History, one of his many passions in life that he continued to pursue. Jack met his wife-to-be, Eloise, while at UC Santa Barbara - they were married in 1977. Jack and Eloise moved to Orcutt, where Jack took a teaching position at Orcutt Junior High School. Eloise later began her teaching career in Guadalupe, Calif. Jack later obtained his Marriage and Family Counseling license and master's degree in Educational Administration from Cal Poly. Jack and Eloise had three children, Jacob, Rachel and Benjamin, all born in Santa Maria. Jack and Eloise and the family moved to San Luis Obispo in 1989, where the children were raised. Jack lost Eloise, his wife of 30 years, to a prolonged bout of ovarian cancer in March of 2007. Their close family friend, David Stern, passed away three weeks afterwards. Jack first met his second wife, Susan, when she moved to San Luis Obispo with her husband, David in the early 1990's. Following David's passing, Jack and Susan found solace in one another's loss. Jack and Susan were married in June 2008 and their love for each other grew into a beautiful partnership.  Jack enjoyed going to sporting events in the Bay Area, traveling to see many friends and family across the country, camping, and BBQ'ing, one of his favorite things to do. Jack is survived by his wife, Susan, of Shell Beach; sons Jacob, of San Carlos, Calif.; and Benjamin, of Campbell, Calif.; daughter, Rachel, of Redwood City, Calif.; two-month old grandson, Isaiah, of San Carlos; brothers Norman, of Dana Point, Calif.; and Marshall, of Boston, Mass. A burial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at the Los Osos Valley Memorial Park, 2260 Los Osos Valley Road in Los Osos. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at Temple Ner Shalom, 875 Laureate Lane in San Luis Obispo.

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Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on Sep. 4, 2013.
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October 10, 2020
For some reason Mr Pearl crossed my mind today. I was in his first class here in Orcutt at OJHS. I was blessed to know him as an adult as well. Then it was full circle when he was administrator at OJHS for my boys. He indeed was a kind & compassionate wise man. RIP Jack ♥
Debbie Mastroddi Philley
July 22, 2014
I think of you everyday and wish our chapter could have lasted longer. All my love now and always. Susan Pearl
Susan Pearl
July 22, 2014

September 13, 2013
I played tennis with Jack off and on for much of the past 10 years. You learn a lot about a person when you play tennis against them. In Jack's case it didn't matter if he was struggling to reach a ball that his tired old knees could no longer push him to reach or him pumping his fist after successfully executing one of his “all day” shots, he gave the game his all. My sense is that Jack was passionate about tennis in the same way he was about the rest of his life.
One thing that I am certain about is that Jack touched my life and the lives of his other tennis buddies in a special way. Quick to offer help and advice, he was a true friend and he will be missed.

My condolences to his family and I will remember you in my thoughts and prayers.
Bruce Burton
September 9, 2013
Dear Susan,
Getting to know Jack this last year has been such a pleasure. It was obvious what a fine person he was and
full of such positive energy. When he arrived @ the gym people migrated to him and the mood elevated instantly. We
are so terribly sorry for your loss.

Love, Marilynn & Gerry
Marilynn & Gerry Schuster
September 9, 2013
I heard of Jack's death just yesterday (Sunday), and the sense of loss I felt was overwhelming. I worked with Jack for many years and he was one of the most loving and caring educators I had ever met. I spent many years working beside Jack and always found him to be a very compassionate and child/student oriented administrator in our local school districts. He was truly a gifted and talented educator and human being. The world benefited greatly by his life. Jack was a great colleague and friend and I will miss him greatly. May his family and friends rejoice in the wonderful life that he shared with all of us.
Jim McKinney
September 9, 2013
There TRULY is another angel in Heaven now!!
Angela Brezden
September 9, 2013
Dear Susan,
Steve and I were shocked and saddened to hear about Jack's passing. We so enjoyed our time with you both at the 5o's party and at the lake. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.Our hearts are with you. Love, Cheryl & Steve
Cheryl & Steve Jarvis/ Mendez
September 8, 2013
Dear Susan,
I am so very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Jill just let me know when we got back from Yosemite yesterday. I always loved the story of you and Jack... of family, love, and second chances.
Thinking of you and your family,
your friend, neighbor, and gym buddy,
Laurie D. Cummings
September 7, 2013
Such a sad loss of such a great man. He was always fun to be with and shared such a love of life. He was taken way too soon and will be missed by all who knew him.
Carolyn & Greg Briody
September 7, 2013
Such a fun-loving guy... St. Paddy's Day with the Briody clan in Tempe, AZ.
Carolyn Briody
September 5, 2013
Susan, I truly regret the passing of Jack. I just asked about him at a 50th anniversary party of some mutual friends. I haven't seen Jack for years but used to play basketball on the same team in SLO back in the late 70's. He was truly one of "the good guys" you meet in life. I'm sure you'll miss him and so will the world. Love, Burt Caldwell
Burt Caldwell
September 5, 2013
Susan, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband. I know that there are no words that can make this better right now, but know that I am holding you in my heart.
Sue Cikowski
September 5, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
September 4, 2013
Our family will always fondly remember Jack Pearl as the kind-hearted principal at Buena Vista Elementary School, who each day said, "Make it a great day or don't. The choice is up to you." Wise words from a wise man. He'll be sorely missed.
Laurie Carter
September 4, 2013
Jack was a kind and gentle soul with a wicked sense of humor. He had a passion for his students and wanted them to reach to do their best. He touched many young lives in a positive way. He is missed.
Lana Thomas
September 4, 2013
always a big smile on his face, and a warm greeting in the shake of his hand
rest in peace Jack. anne and gene keller
anne keller
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