Jack Tyrall Lucas, 83, born on May 3, 1933 passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving wife and family.
He was born and raised in Claypool, Arizona and resided in Central Heights with his wife, Johnnie Marie Lucas, of 50 years.
Jack attended Miami High School, where he played tight end on the varsity football team. He loved playing sports and rarely missed a game on T.V.
Jack enlisted in the Navy in 1950 and was deployed to Korea, where he saw combat two times as a Radio Telephone Operator with the Beachmasters. He later rejoined the Navy two other times, where he was a Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic in the Seabee Reserves and received many ribbons.
Jack loved to read and read a variety of topics. He quite often read about the military actions, mostly about the Civil War and World War II. He could talk at great lengths of the major campaigns and brave deeds of others, but never really talked much about his own time in the Korean War.
He also lived in Oregon for a while, where he worked in the Log Woods. He then moved back home and worked at Inspiration Consolidated Copper Co. for many years as a Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic, a Maintenance Shift Foreman and Heavy Duty Truck Tire Shop Foreman.
Jack and his wife managed Griffith Cleaners for a while and later managed a small trailer park in Lower Miami. They also managed the ELKS Club in Miami for more than 20 years.
He genuinely loved his work at the ELKS Club and became the Exalted Ruler in 1980, the same year of his first born granddaughter.
He was always the life of the party and an all around joy to be around.
In his free time he loved to get in a game or two of golf. Jack and his wife traveled all around with the Elks Club, and while on vacation one year, Jack and Johnnie even traveled to Pennsylvania to walk among the battlefields of Gettysburg.
As Jack became older, often times he might not speak all that much because he had become hard of hearing, but when he did it was usually very interesting, and often quite funny.
When he was younger, however, he spoke quite a lot, much of the time in public, which he did quite often. He had a great voice for it and he was very good at it. He was involved with a lot of civic activities which gave him a great opportunity to exercise his talent, in everything from announcing baseball games to the ELKS Rituals that he performed. He loved to sit on the patio with his wife and watch the thunderstorms and talk about everything from the day’s events, and family to politics. He had a great personality, and could make just about anyone laugh and smile. Jack was a man that loved his wife and family very much, and will be missed very dearly. He was the definition of “An all around GREAT father and papa.”
He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Lucas; mother, Viana Lucas; his brother, Art; sisters, Betty and Georgia and stepson, Mark.
He is survived by his wife of 50 “golden” years, Johnnie Marie Lucas.
Surviving children are sons, Joseph Lawrence Elledge & wife Marguerite, Michael Lucas & wife Lori. Daughter Debbie and stepsons Milton and Ronnie.
Surviving grandchildren are Heather (Elledge) Sebring & husband Andrew, and Samantha Elledge, Seth Lucas, Russell Lucas, Matthew Lucas, and Melanie Lucas. He also has three great grandchildren, Caleb and Brenden Philpot, and Elijah Lucas; and many nieces and nephews.
“God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come with Me.” With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away, and though we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the BEST.
A private service will be held for the family. The family would also like to thank Aviant Hospice for their wonderful services.
Assisting the family; Lamont Mortuary of Globe.