1923 - 2012
Jack L. Garner, 89, passed away November 29, 2012, at Walla Walla General Hospital.
Jack was born August 26, 1923, in Maud, Oklahoma, to Walter W. and Ida Serene Mink Garner. Upon graduation from Maud High School, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in December,
1942, and was assigned to the European Theatre of Operations, 8th Air Force, 305th Bomb Group, 364th Squadron. After flying 23 missions as a B-17 waist gunner, he was discharged as a Staff Sergeant in October, 1945, having received the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
On July 18, 1944, he and Dorothy Skelton married in Rapid City, South Dakota. They raised three sons: James Alan, Richard Lynn and Donald Ray. They had one granddaughter, Megan Theresa.
He was a resident of Walla Walla for over 68 years and had a long, distinguished career in the construction business. During his well-documented career in construction, he had projects at the Washington State Penitentiary, Veterans Hospital and Whitman College. He set high standards for doing his best and passed that trait on to his sons.
Since retiring as a general construction contractor in 1984, Jack pursed his interests in golfing, traveling, maintaining their business affairs, home repairs, yard maintenance and spending time with his family. He would drop whatever he was doing at a moment’s notice to help a neighbor or family member with anything; he was someone you could count on without hesitation. He was genuine, generous and a gentleman. Jack loved watching golf, keeping up with current affairs and, as the true patriarch, could resolve any situation with his expertise. He maintained memberships in Walla Walla with the V.F.W. Grant Farmer Post #992, American Legion, B.P.O.E. Lodge #287 and the 305th Bomb Group Association.
He was loved and will be deeply missed by his wife, Dorothy, of 68 years at their home; sons, James and his wife Lynn of Shoreline, Washington; Richard and his wife Joy of Issaquah, Washington; Donald and his wife Debie of White Salmon, Washington; and his granddaughter, Megan and her husband Eddie Taras also of Issaquah. He was preceded in death by his sister.
There will be no public service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society
or Walla Walla Community Hospice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com