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JACK LEONARD MORROW Jack Leonard Morrow passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Kennewick. He was 83 years old. Jack was born on Feb. 18, 1933, in Old Hickory, Tenn., to Herlie Jeff Morrow and Bessie Davis Morrow. Although he lived in the Tri-Cities for the past 72 years, Big Jack was always proud of the fact he came from Tennessee, and he took many trips and vacations to the Nashville area to visit relatives getting back to his roots. In 1944, Jack moved to Richland when his father got a job working for DuPont. By the time he reached high-school age, he became a budding star athlete at Columbia High School. He played football, basketball and baseball for the Bombers, helping lead them to league titles. He always loved to tell the story how he was the first high school baseball player to hit a home run out of Sanders Field in Kennewick. Or how he and Richland Coach Fran Rish would always have punting contests after football practice, with the loser having to buy the milkshakes. During this time, he started noticing this young, pretty girl named Mary Patricia Ackley, who liked to ride her horse down near the Columbia River, where the Shilo Inn is now located. While Jack worked at the gas station on the corner near the Uptown Shopping Center, Pat worked at the Uptown Theater. And they would make googly eyes at each other across the parking lot. The deal was sealed when Pat started letting Jack into the movies for free. From that point on, they were never apart, until Pat passed away in April of this year. Jack and Pat were married on Feb. 20, 1953, and stayed in a 63-year marriage that produced four children. Jack served in the Air Force from 1953 until 1957, when he was honorably discharged. He was headed via ship to the Korean War in 1953 when the armistice was signed. He then was reassigned to a base in Japan. Jack attended Columbia Basin College and then Eastern Washington State College, where he graduated with a degree in business. He worked at Chevron Chemical and Westinghouse before retiring at the age of 55 in 1988. What he really loved was watching his children grow up, and then doting on his grandchildren his real loves. Summer vacations were spent at Wallowa Lake, and wherever summer baseball tournaments were held. As the grandkids became older and more active, he was always at their sporting events, school plays, events and open houses, cheering and supporting them on with everything he had. He and Pat suffered a setback in 2010 when their son Michael passed away. But as much as Jack loved his children and grandchildren, and he did, it all started with his love for his wife Pat. For years, he would follow her wherever she went. If Pat wanted to go shopping, go out to dinner, or take a day trip to the Wildhorse, Jack would be right there by her side. So when the only woman he ever loved left him in April, he tried to carry on without her. It worked for a few months, but his body and his will eventually gave out. Now, he's back together with Pat, and son Mike. We're pretty sure they're watching the Mariners and Seahawks games together, but Pat has control of the remote. Jack is survived by daughter Catherine (Steve) Stein of Bothell; son Jeff (Connie) Morrow of Kennewick; and daughter Mary Ann (Mark) Showalter of Richland; grandchildren Michael (Katie) Stein, Sara Stein, Heather (Josh) Starkey, Michelle Morrow, Rachel (Jake) Browning, Hallie Morrow, and John (Jennica) Showalter. He also has two great-grandchildren, Avianna and Kaiden Stein. Also surviving him are sisters-in-law Jeanne Kruse, Betty Ackley and Marjorie Ackley; and brother-in-law Bob Ackley. Special thanks to Jack's long-time friend Joe Webb, who made it a weekly habit after Pat's death to visit Jack and reminisce about the good old days. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pat, son Mike, siblings Dennis Morrow and Melba Keene (and her husband Bud Keene), brother-in-law Bill Ackley, sister-in-law Betty Ackley, and grandson Chris Morrow. Services will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Kennewick on Friday, Sept. 16, with a rosary at 10:30 a.m., mass at 11 a.m., and graveside inurnment service at 12:15 p.m. We want to thank Hospice and Fieldstone Memory Care for their loving care of Big Jack over these last few months. They were taken in by Jack's smiling face and good sense of humor, and will also miss him.
Published in Tri-City Herald from Sept. 10 to Sept. 11, 2016
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