Jack Foster passed on February 15th, 2021, at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carol Foster of Willow Creek, CA, and his two daughters, Monique Williams of Redding, CA, Linda Foster-Schulze of Eureka CA and his son Jack Foster of Fortuna CA and his grandchildren, Todd, Josh, Lisa, Kevin, Jason and Kayla.
Jack was born in San Pedro CA and raised in Eureka, CA by his mother Addie DeNevi, during the boom years of this little, rough and ready oceanside lumber town. Jack was a handsome, dynamic youth that had a wonderful and insatiable appetite for life. He made friends easily and was always looking for opportunities to bring people together for some fun and camaraderie.
During WWII, young Jack "heard the call" and joined the Navy and become a signalman on the USS Goshen and served in the Pacific with courage and honor. Again, his magnetic personality made him many friends, as they all selflessly served our country for the duration of and the winning of this world war. After the war, Jack returned to Eureka to start his life anew. He married Delores Simoni and raised two wonderful children, Linda Foster-Schulze and Jack Foster. Jack became a professional truck driver, making deliveries up and down the coast, a career which he really enjoyed.
In 1973 he married Carol Armor and two years later they and their daughter Monique relocated to the small mountainous town of Willow Creek, CA. Here, in this sleepy and picturesque little town, is where Jack and Carol began their long successful business careers, and is where they raised their daughter Monique, and is where Carol still now lives.
Maybe you remember Jack best, as Santa Claus in the annual holiday parade, or the bar tender that always "knew your name", or the greeter at the local visitor center, or the guy you could never beat at golf, or beat at picking up the dinner check. Jack served as the honorary Mayor of Willow Creek, the little town that he loved so dearly. Jack was always ready with a practical joke, but never at your expense, he enjoyed making people happy. He was a sensitive, thoughtful, generous friend to so very many, literally anybody who ever met Jack, liked Jack! He will be sorely missed by his family, his friends and his community, and for all the joy and goodwill that was Jack Foster.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, to be announced.
Donations can be made in Jack's honor to Willow Creek VFW Post #9561 PO Box 243, Willow Creek, CA 95573.