Feb. 13, 2014
Jack Dassenko, 95, of Wheatland Village, Walla Walla, passed away on Feb. 13, 2014. He was one of 13 children born to Walter and Mary Dassenko in Grassy Butte, N.D. Jack served in WWII as a medic with the U.S. Army in the Aleutian Islands. Following his military service, he attended college and in 1950 received a bachelor of science in agriculture from Emanuel Missionary College in Berrien Springs, Mich. In 1951 he completed his master of science in agronomy from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn. He spent his career working for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, starting at Newberry Park Academy in Newberry Park, Calif., and ending at Walla Walla University where he served as both assistant professor of agriculture in the biology department and assistant farm manager. He retired in 1984. He was elected to the College Place City Council in 1979.
From 1961 to 1969, Jack and family accepted an appointment to teach and manage the farm at Instituto Adventista del Uruguay, a secondary school in Uruguay, South America. He often described those years as the “highlight of my life” because of the joy of contributing to the agriculture program there and meeting lifelong friends from another part of the world.
Jack is survived by Gladys, his wife of 26 years; his son, Paul Dassenko (Doug Benson) of New York City; daughter, Pam Dassenko (Tom Miller) of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and granddaughter, Alexandra West (Kai West) of San Francisco. He is also survived by his sister, Lena Schild, of Sturgis, S.D.; his brother, Ivan Dassenko, of Salem; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by wife Mary Ellen (1986).
A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Village Church in College Place. In lieu of flowers please feel free to make a donation to Walla Walla Hospice or a charity of your choice.