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DELORA, JACK ROBERT December 4, 1923 January 11, 2012 Jack DeLora passed away peacefully on January 11, 2012 at his home in Laguna Beach, California, surrounded by his loving family. H e was born December 4, 1923 in Muskegon, Michigan, the oldest of four brothers. After completing high school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in World War II. After the war, he went to college on the GI bill and graduated from Michigan State with a Doctorate in Sociology and Anthropology. Later he served the Marines again in the Korean War. He remained in the reserves and retired as a Lt. Colonel. He lived most of his life in San Diego where he was a Professor of Sociology at San Diego State University for over thirty years. Jack was an avid tennis player and a lifetime musician. He played in various bands in San Diego, Laguna Beach, and Coos Bay, Oregon. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed skin diving. Jack is survived by his loving and devoted wife Linda, daughters Susan DeLora of San Diego, Annette Cox of Fort Worth, Texas, Jilla Greco of San Diego, and three grandchildren.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 17, 2012.
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January 24, 2012
Jack was so special, we always looked forward to his visits and "catching up" on what he was doing. He showed such an interest in our family & as our children grew up he would sometimes mention something one of them had done that we'd forgotten about. He was truly so amazing & caring. We will miss him. Our sympathy for the family.
Dr. Ron & Diane Lessem
January 22, 2012
One of the kindest people I ever met, Dr. Delora literally saved me from suicide. He was modest and supportive in a quiet way but his influence in my life over 50 years ago was life changing and affirming. My deepest sympathies to the family of this remarkable man - I have never forgotten him. Class of 1960
January 20, 2012
I fell asleep one day in Dr. Delora's class, hitting my head on the wall. Of course the whole class turned and looked at me; I apologized to the professor and he said, "that's OK, I was boring today anyway". A good memory, from a good teacher at a school I loved attending. God bless the professor and all of the DeLora family. Dan Hopwood (San Diego and SDSU '79 and '84)
Dan Hopwood
January 19, 2012
Many memories of Jack. Fishing on the OB pier but never catching anything. Grunion running in Estero Beach and Jack insisted that we clean and cook (and eat!) those grunion. The beach house in Rosarito. The beach house between Rosarito and Ensenada. The raggedy old motor home/camper. Breakfast Jacks from Jack in the Box. Hotdogs rolled up in a tortilla and heated for 15 seconds in the microwave...
Tennis! Spending hours at Morley field while he played.
Football. I remember him telling me the what the next play would be and being amazed that he could "predict" that.
Jack was a frugal man in many ways- I remember him taking me to Big 5 to buy tennis shoes- but only being allowed to choose from those on the $5.00 table. His giving spirit and the memories he provided far outnumbered his frugal ways with money.
Lisa Wallace
January 19, 2012
We are very sorry for your loss. There's nothinng like a great teacher to touch your life and make it better forever.

"He will actually swallow up death forever and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces."
Beltran Family
January 17, 2012
Jack was very dear to Dennis and I and our children .Especially the' Lepro days".Jack found that place for us ,those were happy times. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Rosemary Mclaughlin . Spring Valley California

January 17, 2012
I have Jack to thank for teaching me how to be a Marine.

Former Bn Surgeon, 4th Tank Bn USMCR
Glenn Kellogg
January 17, 2012
Rest in Peace Professor
John Hawkins SDSU Class of 75
John Hawkins
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