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Jack Wickert

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Jack Wickert

June 29, 1937 - January 1, 2018

Community builder and musician, born in Wisconsin, raised in the Mission and Potrero Hill, friend to many, helper to all grassroots arts.

Graduated from Mission HS and SFSU, drove school bus and taxi. Played every kind of horn but called his trumpet his ego, till Vietnam War supporter smashed it into his lip as he marched with anti-war S.F. Mime Troupe band. Decked the fascist but soon lost front teeth. Switched to baritone.

In 1974, helped artist Bonnie Sherk plant cardboard cows in Cesar Chavez/101 maze, found second calling. Co-founded the Farm: community garden-gallery-school- theater-social hall in elbow of Potrero exit. Youth learned gardening, kids learned plants and animals, neighbors held weddings and funerals, performing artists rehearsed. Jack was manager, host, gardener, truck driver, janitor, plumber, cook, piano player, mentor to young staff and volunteers, till 10-year lease ran out just as rents rose. Farm fought to survive but lost, 1987.

After, led varied life. Travelled, mainly to Mexico with friends in his old school bus, lent hand at SOMARTS, Bayview Boat Club, Black Bear Ranch commune, marketed produce, taught music, played with Spitters brass band, held poker nights on his Mission Creek houseboat. In 2009, life of chainsmoking sent him to ICU with CPOD. After months of rehab went back to Camels, angering faithful visitors. Knew days were numbered. Died New Year's morning.
Memorial Celebration and Altar Sunday, October 21
SOMARTS, 934 Brannan, 2-6 PM, program at 4
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2018
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