JACK CARROLL CAMERON
May 8, 1928 - August 9, 2021
Jack Carroll Cameron passed away peacefully on August 9, 2021 at the age of 93. In his final days, he was surrounded by his loving wife of 64 years, Barbara, and their children. Jack was a true Renaissance man: an accomplished businessman, physics and math whiz, and talented athlete. Most importantly to his family, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. To both his family and friends he was loyal, generous, a competitive game player, and funny. He had a tremendous gift for telling stories and jokes. His witty sense of humor was legendary.
Jack was born in Los Angeles to Ethel and John Cameron. He attended Beverly Hills HS where he excelled academically and athletically. He broke the school's mile record and basketball scoring record. He continued his education at USC where he became a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Jack's education was cut short when he was drafted into the Korean War.
After the war and a five-month tour of Europe with a buddy, Jack returned home and began his life-long career of building homes. He founded JCC Enterprises (later JCC Homes). As CEO of the company for over fifty years, JCC built 5,000 homes throughout southern California and Hawaii, 1,500 of those homes were on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Jack also built the Palm Desert Tennis Club in 1973 and the Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club in 1977, the largest privately owned sports club in the country.
In Jack's own words, he said he hit the jackpot when he married the love of his life Barbara Murvin in 1957. Their love story is one for the movies. They met on Catalina Island during their teenage years, re-met ten years later, and married. As newlyweds, they lived in Manhattan Beach. Embracing beach life, Jack and his partner won the 1959 Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball. Jack and Barbara moved their growing family to Rolling Hills Estates in 1961. They lived there for over 60 years and raised their five children: four daughters and a son.
As a resident of Rolling Hills Estates, the Camerons were one of the early members of the Jack Kramer Tennis Club. Jack was instrumental in buying the club from Jack Kramer on behalf of the members. He served on the JKC Board and competed at the highest tennis level. In 1972, Jack oversaw the construction of a three-court complex for the club, including a new center court.
Jack loved golf and was a member of the Rolling Hills Country Club for over fifty years. He also volunteered in youth sports and was on the Board of the Rolling Hills Little League. With his keen understanding of sports and laidback attitude, Jack was a popular and successful coach of the Rolling Hills Little League, AYSO and local youth basketball teams. His teams won championships in each league.
Jack and Barbara enjoyed traveling the world. Highlights with friends and family were bike trips that Jack inspired, including riding across America and British Columbia. In 1989, Jack and Barbara built a dream home in Kona after they fell in love with the Big Island when Jack trained there and participated in the Ironman Triathlon competition. In Hawaii, he played golf, tennis and paddled in the 18-mile Queen Lili'uokalani Outrigger Canoe Race. In 2011, Jack built a beautiful home in Catalina overlooking Avalon Harbor, a tribute to the origins of his love for Barbara.
Jack Cameron was an inspiration and role model on how to live life to its fullest. While his presence will be missed each and every day, his fun-loving spirit and funny stories he told will continue to live through his family and those who knew him.
Jack is survived by his loving wife Barbara, children Valari (Jerry) Simison, Lori (Greg) Delgado, Teresa Halo, Carri (Chris) Baar and Jon (Kate) Cameron, as well as eleven grandchildren Garrett, Grant and Kendra Delgado; Jack and Scott Halo; Olivia (Adnan) Khan, Joshua and Brendan Baar; Christi, Mitchell and Kimberly Cameron.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 26th at 11:00AM at the Los Caballeros Sports Village, 17272 Newhope Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708.
Published by Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Sep. 9, 2021.