Jack Babbitt Sr
June 22, 1934 - April 21, 2011
Jack Babbitt Sr., 76, passed away on
Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Kadlec Medical
Center in Richland, Wash. with his
family at his side. A memorial service
will be held in his honor on Wednesday,
May 11 at 3 p.m. at Christ Lutheran
Church, 1420 S. Second St., Walla Walla.
Pastor Joel Ley will officiate.
Jack was born on June 22, 1934, in Kansas City, Kan., to Mary
and Jack G. Babbitt. He earned his GED while serving in the
U. S. Air Force. In 1954 he joined the El Paso City Police Department
and graduated from the police academy in 1955. Jack rose
to the rank of sergeant and founded the El Paso Mountain Rescue
Team. Jack was an active amateur radio operator, involved with
emergency services and volunteer exam testing. He participated
in sports cars and motorcycle events, was a Boy Scout leader, and
enjoyed photography. In his twenties, he participated in semiprofessional
pairs roller skating dance competitions.
In 1980, Jack retired with his family to Walla Walla where he
was a bouncer for a short time at the Black Angus restaurant in
the Marcus Whitman hotel, before starting his second career as a
process server by opening Blue Mountain Consultants. He made
time for his hobbies and was the founding member of Lewis Peak
Repeater Assoc., was active in the W7DP Amateur Radio club,
Blue Knights WA IVR, Washington State Process Servers Assoc.,
National Assoc. of Process Servers, El Paso Police Retirees Assoc.
and Amateur Radio Emergency Services. He was a member of the
Elks Club and a past member of the Gold Wing Riders.
Jack is survived by his wife Mable E. Babbitt, of Walla Walla,
Wash.; children Becky Hatley, of Walla Walla, Tani Hooper,
of Santa Rosa, Calif., Jack Babbitt Jr., of Portland, Tenn., Gary
Hooper, of Alameda, Calif., and Craig Thomas, of Kansas City,
Mo.; grandchildren Jonathan Hatley, Jeremy Thomas, and Jackie
Bomagat; and great-grandchildren Destiny Thomas and Michael
Thomas. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister,
Jeanette Winton and son, Jack Thomas.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lewis Peak Repeater
Association through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551
Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Call 509-525-3397.
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