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Obituary for John Jack Lucas

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John Jack Lucas

September 24, 1924 - October 10, 2016

John James Lucas, 92, passed away October 10, 2016 at the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home.  Jack was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 9, 1924 to Elza and Marie James Lucas, the third of four sons.  When he was six years old, the family moved to Ogden, Utah where his father managed a lumber store.  Young Jack straightened 2×4’s in the shed beginning a 70 year career in the lumber business.  He also helped develop Powder Mountain Ski Resort and served on its Board of Directors.

 

Jack attended Polk Elementary, Mound Fort Junior High and in 1942 graduated from Ogden High, where he was president of the Stagecraft Guild.  He served in the army during World War II, on the South Pacific Island of Morotai, experiencing 87 air raids in just a few months.

 

On January 28, 1947, Jack married Elna Cobabe of Slaterville in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.  They are the parents of two daughters, Lynette (Joe) Deru, Marriott-Slaterville, and Sheila (Bill) Armstrong, Cottonwood Heights.   Jack enjoyed ten “wonderful” grandchildren and 17 “super” great-grandchildren.

 

His service in the LDS Church included ward clerk, stake finance clerk, stake mission president, high councilor, counselor to two bishops, and bishop of the Slaterville Second Ward.  For 12 years he served as a host at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

 

Jack loved to travel.  He far exceeded his goal to visit 100 countries, traveling to 50 states, 173 countries and every continent.  He visited Lake Powell more than 70 times with family and friends.  He volunteered at Antelope Island State Park, and for 10 years played the governor of Arizona in re-enactments at Golden Spike National Historic Site.  He called square dancing and enjoyed coin collecting, magic squares, and Sudoku.

 

Jack is survived by his wife, daughters and brother, Frank Lucas.

 

He is preceded in death by his brothers, Bill and Tom Lucas.

 

The service of his many care givers is greatly appreciated.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Primary Children’s Medical Center.

 

A Viewing will be on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11:00 am at Leavitt’s Mortuary.  Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 9:45 to 10:45 am.

 

Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Mausolem, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.

 

Please send condolences to the family at:  www.leavittsmortuary.com

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary

Address:

836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time: 9:45 am - 10:45 am


Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Mortuary

Address:

836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Leavitt's Aultorest Mausoleum

Address:

836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

 

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Born: September 24, 1924
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kimbo jonas posted on 12/20/16

I remember Jack Lucas from the lumber yard. I was a young boy and was there to load wood shavings for our race horses. Jack was a very nice man and I do not know anyone who ever said a bad word about him. I was friends with his daughters husbands brother. Denny Deru, Joe Deru's brother. She is married to a good man. The Deru family is good people.

 

Leilani ( Jan) Miller posted on 10/14/16

I had a lot of fun times with Jack and scary times too. We both did re-enactments up at the Golden Spike. He use to drive from Ogden up there, I also did. Almost every Saturday he would pass me on a two-lane highway,I would see cars coming in the other direction and slam on my brakes so he could get in. He told me he could't hear and was blind in one eye, I would ask him why he drove like that and he would say, he wanted to be there. I decided that it was time he rode with me it would be much safer, Every trip he told different stories and many times he would get to the punch line and forget the rest. I think it was on purpose. Jack told me about all the cruises that Elna and he took around the world and because they sounded like so much fun, my husband and I are now cruising. Elna I will miss Jack, you have my deepest sympathy.

 

Leilani ( Jan) Miller posted on 10/14/16

I had a lot of fun times with Jack and scary times too. We both did re-enactments up at the Golden Spike. He use to drive from Ogden up there, I also did. Almost every Saturday he would pass me on a two-lane highway,I would see cars coming in the other direction and slam on my brakes so he could get in. He told me he could't hear and was blind in one eye, I would ask him why he drove like that and he would say, he wanted to be there. I decided that it was time he rode with me it would be much safer, Every trip he told different stories and many times he would get to the punch line and forget the rest. I think it was on purpose. Jack told me about all the cruises that Elna and he took around the world and because they sounded like so much fun, my husband and I are now cruising. Elna I will miss Jack, you have my deepest sympathy.

 

Aleta Cobabe posted on 10/14/16

What I will always remember most about Jack is his love of traveling. The first trip we made to Lake Powell in the big blue ox and inching up every canyon until we couldn't go any farther. There were more trips to Powell with him and the family, like the one where a storm came up that was so bad that the waves were braking over the front of the boat and we just kept bobbing along. A trip to Canada when we were kids was also special. Yellowstone Park with Jack getting out to feed the bears was pretty typical. I thought he would pass on when he was out in the middle of the ocean somewhere looking for that unseen place. Jack pulling us on the sleds behind his green truck down the roads in Slaterville was great fun too. Hanging out at the mill, or skiing thru the trees looking for a hidden jump. When you were with Jack you were always on an adventure. He will be missed.

 

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