Aug. 25, 1923 — Dec. 24, 2013
Jack A.N. Ellis of Walla Walla, at 90 years young, passed peacefully on Dec. 24, 2013. Born Aug. 25, 1923, in Watrous, Saskatchewan, to mother Ila and father, Jack, the family eventually moved to Burnaby, B.C., where Jack met and married his bride of 62 1/2 years, Margaret Dawkins.
He worked as a Welfare Worker in Burnaby, while eventually earning a master’s degree in social work from the University of British Columbia. After graduation, he worked for the Provincial Mental Hospital before accepting an offer to move his now young family to Washington State, where he worked as a counselor and supervisor at the Child Guidance Clinic in Bremerton. He worked for the Washington State Department of Institutions as a community consultant, focusing in the area of juvenile delinquency. Following that he joined the faculty of the University of the University of Washington, as a professor of social work, until retirement, in 1988. He was named Washington State Social Worker of the Year in 1989.
A few years after retiring from the UW, he and Meg moved to Walla Walla, where they would spend the rest of their years amongst good friends and a joyous community. He was recruited by Walla Walla College, now University, to assist in preparing the School of Social Work for national accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education, which the School achieved. He taught at the school and served as liaison to community agencies for students completing their internships. He served on the United Way Board and chaired the planning committee. He served on the board of the Christian Aid Center and as consultant with the staff in providing help to the people there. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and served as a Lay Reader, Lay Eucharistic Minister and on the outreach committee. He was an active member of the Men’s Propers Group.
Jack is survived by his wife, Margaret (Meg); son, Robert (Seattle); and daughter, Cathryne, (Seattle).
A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Jan. 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Walla Walla Christian Aid Center, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and/or St. Mary’s Cancer Center. through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.