Jack was born in Santa Ana, Ca on March 11, 1927 and passed on Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Medford Oregon after a brief illness. His daughter Ellen and step daughters Beth and Charlee were by his side for his peaceful transition. Jack lived his life in California, having his college years spent at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo and a stint in the Merchant Marines that found him stationed in Long Beach.
Jack truly enjoyed his hospitality career. Early in his career he managed the Admiral Kidd Club in San Diego, moving on to Big Canyon Country Club, the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club for the Gildred family and the Wilshire Country Club just to name a few.
In July of 1980 Jack moved from Fallbrook in North San Diego County to become the General Manager of The Alisal Guest Ranch. He was the ultimate “Grand Host” and a true visionary. Many Ranch guests still remember his warm greetings and charm as they returned each year for a visit. Jack had a deep respect, love and admiration for this beautiful ranch. He made many enhancements to the ranch property and activities during his management of the Ranch which are still enjoyed by guests today. He took great care (and risk) to enhance the Alisal Lake facilities and had the vision of a golf course (now the River Course) on grazing land. These will be an everlasting legacy.
In 1984 he married his second wife, Kathlyn Spanjian, at the Alisal. Jack and Kaky had a beautiful home in Solvang and continued to live there until their move to the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Oregon in 2004. When Jack retired from the Alisal in 1992 they enjoyed many trips travelling in their RV with their dog Sheeba. Kaky preceded him in death in 2014.
Jack cherished the many friendships he made in the Santa Ynez Valley. The original Rotary Club of the S.Y. Valley and the Vikings of Solvang welcomed him and many of these friendships stayed intact and followed him to his new life in Medford.
Jack along with the likes of his good friends, Dan Gainey, Fred Harrison, Leonard Marshman and subsequent others established the very prestigious “Gentlemen's Quarterly” which had luncheons to discuss and resolve the major issues facing our society and more particularly the Santa Ynez Valley. Unfortunately, there are no recorded minutes for these meetings, and the founding members are gone, but we can all rest assured this group had very lively conversations and debates and left these luncheons with confidence that they had resolved these issues!
Jack has two children that survive him, Ellen Johnson and husband Scott of Newport Coast, Ca. and son Jack, Jr. of Los Angeles. He is also survived by step daughters Charlee Smith (Bruce), Boise, ID; Kristin Spanjian (Ray Gilbertson), Billings, MT; Beth Stewart, Union, OR and Julie Peha (Larry), Hermosa Beach, CA and nephew Chuck Bassett and wife Ann of San Clemente, CA. He is also survived by eight step grandchildren.
Jack will be sorely missed by his dear friend John Martino (whom he had known since moving to the valley in 1980) as well as many past and present employees who had the opportunity to work with him. He also leaves his many friends at the Rogue Valley Manor, many of whom were once S.Y. Valley residents.
The family will have a private memorial at The Alisal in the fall.
If you wish, you may remember your favorite charity in memory of Jack.