John Herbert ‘Jack’ Lounsbury


Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2007


  John Herbert 'Jack' Lounsbury

John Herbert 'Jack' Lounsbury

Former Soldotna resident John Herbert “Jack” Lounsbury of Salem, Ore., died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at home. He was 78.

Mr. Lounsbury was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Bakersfield, Calif. to John and Alta (Fox) Lounsbury. He was raised in Bakersfield and served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-49 during the end of World War II. When he returned to Bakersfield, he met Shirley Walton. They were married Feb. 18, 1950.

He worked for a time with the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Kern County Fire Department. While in Seattle working as a crash crew fireman, he heard about opportunities to work as a territorial police officer in Alaska. He completed his officer training in Juneau and was stationed in Tok from 1955-57. Mr. Lounsbury was later offered employment in the oil fields of Alaska, leading the family to settle on a homestead outside Soldotna.

Mr. Lounsbury began commercial fishing during the summers until his son John died in the summer of 1965. He sold his two boats and then trained in San Diego as a deep-sea diver and worked as a salvage diver for Arctic Independent Divers. He joined the Alaska National Guard during that time and worked as an administrator and recruiter.

He was a member of the Soldotna Volunteer Fire Department and was chief in the late 1970s. The couple was involved at Soldotna Baptist Church, where Mr. Lounsbury served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon; and Sterling Baptist Church.

He was a borough assemblyman and opened many businesses while living in Soldotna, including Peninsula Carpet and Janitorial Service, Soldotna Creek Log and Lumber and Jack’s Sourdough Service Station.

The couple lived in Soldotna from 1960-91, retired to Bakersfield in 1991 and moved from Bakersfield to Salem in the spring of 2004.

“Jack never knew a stranger and would talk to anyone. He touched so many lives and everyone that knew him fondly remembers him with lots of laughter. People gravitated towards him to hear his entertaining stories and colorful jokes,” his family wrote.

Mr. Lounsbury is preceded in death by son, John H. Lounsbury III, and granddaughter, Melissa A. Davidson.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Wayne Davidson of Salem; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Lupe Lounsbury of Arvin, Calif.; grandchildren, Sherlai (Davidson) and husband Kiley Breitling of Keizer, Ore., Douglas Davidson and wife, Erika, of Salem, Bethany Davidson of Portland, Ore., Lori Lounsbury of Portland, Talia Harris of Mesquite, Nev., Zara Fucci and husband Neil of St. Robert, Mo., and Levi Lounsbury of Anchorage; and great-grandchildren, Kailee and Madylin Breitling, Connor, Avery and Faith Davidson, Makayla Harris and Andrew Fucci.

The family requests remembrances be sent to Salem Evangelical Church, 455 Locust ST NE, Salem OR 97301, or Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd ST NW, Salem OR 97304.

Arrangements were made by Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon Ransom funeral directors of Salem.

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