JOHN HAROLD "JACK" DENTON John Harold "Jack" Denton reunited with his beloved Sally in heaven just after midnight, April 10, 2021, at the age of 89. Jack was born December 10, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan to Veronica Elizabeth Freeman Denton and Drexell Roscoe Denton. He was the third of seven children. His older brothers were William and James. Jack was followed by sister, Joan (Eckl); brother, Edward; and sisters, Mary Ann (Woolbright), and Suzanne who died in her infancy. He grew up on the lake in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan and attended St. Gertrude's Catholic School. He met his one and only true love while she was in Junior High. Their first date was her Senior Prom. Ten days later, Jack helped his family move to Las Vegas, and later that year he joined the United States Navy. He served for three years during the Korean War. Sally wrote to him regularly while he was away. You could say their courtship was one of correspondence. After Jack left the Navy, they married in East Detroit, November 12, 1955, at Saint Basil Catholic Church. You could tell how much he still loved her, after 61 years of marriage, every time he looked at her. He was heartbroken when she passed away March 17, 2017. Jack spent much of his life in the restaurant business. His parents opened Wimpy's Drive In in Detroit in 1951. In 1955, they opened the Hickorywood BBQ on Fremont Street in Vegas, and in 1960, the Denton's Golden Spur on the strip across from the Stardust Hotel and Casino. Jack and Sally opened their own Wimpy's Drive In in 1964 in North Las Vegas. They worked side by side for 30 years serving what the Review Journal claimed as the best burger in Las Vegas in 1994. People still rave about his food on Facebook and about what good people they wereso very kind. Five years after closing Wimpy's, they moved to Pahrump in 1999. They opened Wimpy's Storage in 2002. Jack had a great sense of humor and could always make people laugh, but he also had a very serious side. He loved his country. He felt strongly about voting in every election. He would campaign for the candidates that he believed in. He was very outspoken and always stood for the right. He was very devout and active in his church. The world will probably never know the amount of good Jack and Sally spent in humble service to others. They visited the sick, fed the hungry, provided food for funerals, provided food to first responders, priests, nuns, and Mormon missionaries, donated to churches, took kids to Catechism, fed and cared for animals, and provided jobs to just about anyone who needed to work. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Brother William Denton and Jim; and his sister, Suzanne. He is survived by his brother Eddie and his wife Beverly; his sisters, Mary Ann and Joan; his sister-in-law, Bernadette (Jim); and many nieces and nephews and their families. Per Jack's wishes, a private memorial service will be held.
Published by Pahrump Valley Times on Apr. 23, 2021.