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 Jackson B. “Jack” Germain

Jackson B. “Jack” Germain

Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Death 23 May 2013 (aged 81)
New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 111819617 · View Source
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Mountain Democrat (Placerville CA)
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Jackson B. Germain
Sep. 26, 1931 - May 23, 2013

Jack Germain, a 25-year resident of Shingle Springs, died on May 23, 2013, in the New Bern, N.C., home of his daughter, Suzanne Selzer. In his final years he battled Lewy Body disease, a combined form of dementia and Parkinsons. He was 81 years of age. El Dorado County friends remember him for his interest in local amateur theater, support of high school athletics and involvement in a wide range of community service activities.

Jack was a founding director of the Coloma Crescent Players and was active for many years in the Old Coloma Theater, an amateur theatrical group dedicated to old west melodrama. He also served as president of Theater El Dorado, a community group which took its production of Spoon River Anthology to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Among his notable roles was Big Daddy in Theater El Dorado's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He gained notoriety as an accomplished actor, writer, director and coordinator for all things related to the performing arts in El Dorado County.

In the 1970s Jack served for two terms as president of the Ponderosa High School Boosters Club. During his tenure, stadium lights and equipment storage facilities were added to the Ponderosa athletic fields. He was the founding director of the Environmental Planning and Information Council, served as vice-president of the Sierra Cultural Arts Center Association and was a senior warden at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Placerville.

Jack Germain was born in Richmond, Vir., in 1931. Losing both of his parents before the age of 13, he left high school early to join the U.S. Navy. He served from 1950 to 1954, with assignments in Guam and aboard ship during the Korean War, earning the bronze star. Honorably discharged in San Diego, he remained in Southern California and married Jule Moffatt, the sister of a shipmate, on June 6, 1953.

Jack returned to school and trained as a journalist. He soon landed opportunities to be a beat writer, feature writer and sports editor for several local newspapers. He was an award-winning writer for the Alhambra Free Press, recognized by the Associated Press as an excellent investigative journalist.

As a member of the Monterey Park Junior Chamber of Commerce, Jack had a vision of a track and field event that would bring senior high school athletes from across the country together in a national competition. The Jaycees, following his vision, organized the first annual Golden West Invitational in 1960. That vision is still going strong 54 years later, with Golden West alumni having been part of every U.S. Olympic track team since 1984.

Jack moved his family to Sacramento in 1964, started the Pacific Coast News Service and became part of Capitol press corps. In 1968, he migrated from the news room to the legislative arena and was proud to serve over a 20-year period in numerous capacities under Governors Pat Brown and Ronald Reagan, Senators Craig Biddle, George Deukmejian, Jim Nielsen and Ollie Speraw and Assemblymen Jesse Unruh and Bob Monagan.

After leaving government service, Jack acted as consultant and advocate for many groups needing advice on how to navigate the obstacles of California politics. One of these groups was VisionQuest (VQ), an organization dedicated to providing an alternative to juvenile incarceration. As a consequence this role, Jack and Jule made several visits to the VQ facility near Elfrida, Ariz. During these visits they came to appreciate the scenery, weather and overall attitude of southern Arizona.

With a son being transferred to Ft. Huachuca in 1993, Jack and Jule decided it was time to leave California and enjoy a slower pace in Cochise County. Jack found himself again involved in the community, playing roles with Center Stage Theater, being a member of the Huachuca Area Grandma and Grandpa Corps and volunteering time to work with the special education students at Buena High School.

Unfortunately, Jack lost his Jule to melanoma in 1996 and would soon move on. Over the next several years he spent time in Ohio, touring Canada with a Christian Theater group, getting remarried and settling just outside of Tampa, Fla. When his health deteriorated, he made his last move to North Carolina just a short time before he would take his final bow.

Jack was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Sr.; his mother, Dorothy (Higgason); his brother, Raymond Jr.; and his wife and companion of 43 years, Jule (Moffatt). He is survived by his second wife, Marilyn (Simmons) of Brandon, Fla.; son, Daniel of Elk Grove, Calif.; daughter, Suzanne Selzer of New Bern, N.C.; son, David of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is also mourned by his shipmate, matchmaker and brother-in-law, Wes Moffatt and his wifel Sandra of Garden Grove, Calif.

No services are planned locally. Those who wish to honor the memory of Jack Germain are encouraged to contribute to or participate in any local performing arts or youth athletic organization, or the Kiwanis Family House in Sacramento.


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