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JOHN PAUL "JACK" NEWMAN Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home John Paul "Jack" Newman born November 21, 1934, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, to loving parents L.V. and Bess Newman. "Jackie" was the youngest of six children. Hank Thompsons' song "Oklahoma hills" could have been written about his childhood. He starred in track, football, and baseball. He loved cars, guns, animals, hunting and fishing. He fell in love with, married and spent his life with high school sweetheart, Helen Ruth Parks. After graduating Okmulgee High School in '53, he attended Okmulgee Tech followed by the University of Tulsa. While attending college he played on the school baseball team and a minor league fast pitch softball team, worked, and started raising a family, still finding time to hunt and fish. His good hunting buddy (and later brother-in-law) Sam Pitts enticed him to come to Idaho Falls, Idaho, for a job interview and to hunt. He got the job and moved the family to Idaho Falls in 1960. They moved several more times before finally landing in the Tri-Cities in 1981. He joined the team at FFTF due to his sodium cooled reactor knowledge acquired in Idaho. His co-workers say he could fix or make anything work, a master maintenance engineer. His proudest work accomplishment was the honor of being named Principle Engineer by Westinghouse as non-degreed contributor; this rarely ever happens. He retired in 1994. Jack loved the Northwest. He loved horses. When in grade school he was asked why his favorite color was brown to which he replied because that's the color of horses. He raised them, trained them, raced them, showed them and traded them. Hunting and fishing were always a highlight for Jack, which he pursued at every opportunity. He loved his dogs and always had hunting dogs which he enjoyed training. He found joy, and the occasional frustration, in watching them do what they were bred to do. In his later years, he had two companion dogs, pugs, which stole his heart. Jack was a huge sports fan, especially anything to do with his beloved Oklahoma Sooners. He coached the boys' grid kid football teams only losing one game; imagine 5th graders running the wishbone! Later he helped coach the grand girls in softball. Most of the girls playing ball at the time all knew him as the infamous Grandpa Jack. He would pitch at practices and taught them how to pitch. He taught the girls to be gritty, a needed attribute as a ball player. They excelled. He taught the kids how to ride horses and horsemanship. Everyone learned to shoot guns, trap, sporting clays, and rifles. He thought it was important; we all thought so too. Jack was the quintessential "jack" of all trades, some of his Newman-izations were legendary among family, welding, electrical, carpentry, and the list goes on. If something didn't work right you asked Jack to fix it or how to fix it. In his later years, he began making duck calls and many were sold at auction through Ducks Unlimited, several are works of art. Jack's values were known by his actions and deeds. He was one of that rare breed of people you see on Saturday-afternoon Westerns as good as his word, gave better than he got, and shot straight. He always had a story to tell of his episodes in life and the funny little events that seemed to have occurred with every outing. Friends laughed with him, children looked up to him, and his wife, children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren adored him. Above all else he loved and cherished Helen and his family. Jack and Helen had five children. Helen, his cherished wife of 64 years, preceded him in death in June, 2017. He dug thousands of holes for the rose queen to plant this or that bush, tree or whatever as each of their homes was graced with Helen's love of gardening. He supported her and would move mountains if she needed or wanted. He would do everything in his power to give his family their desires. He is survived by a sister, Betty White and by his children, LouAnn Preddy (Keith), David (Rosean), Doug (Peggy), and Patricia Drago (John) and 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Jack Newman, go in peace. We loved you. We will celebrate Jack and Helens life on August 19th, more information on Mueller's website. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral
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Kennewick, WA 99338
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Aug. 6, 2017