of Scandinavian descent was born in Nebraska on August 2, 1922. His parents
worked as ranchers and farmers. During the Depression and the midwestern
drought, they moved to California for a better life. They spent their first
summer in Dutch Flats where they made a living panning for gold until his
father found work at the GMC plant in San Leandro. They moved to Hayward,
into a home his parents built. Jack attended school in Hayward, made many
friends, entered the Navy during World War II, and returned home to work
with his dad as a carpenter.
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met Louise Dialot during a WWII blackout before his enlistment into the
war. Upon Jack's return from the Navy, they married on May 11, 1947. They
had a son, Stephen and a daughter Janine.
was a member of the Castro Valley Mineral & Gem Society. He did beautiful
work creating jewelry and commessi (intarsias) out of rock. He lived for
Wednesdays to work on new projects and share bad jokes with his friends.
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a day at the beach with Louise and Janine on November 2, 1997, they were
struck head on by a medicated driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Jack
and Louise were killed, but Jack's quick response saved Janine's life. On
the road from the hospital to the home of a supporting family Janine saw
a sign that her parents were saying goodbye.