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 Jack Preston

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Jack Preston

  • Birth 4 Apr 1919 Regina, Regina Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Death 28 Jun 2009 Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Nancy Preston Separated Jack's ashes for each of their daughters to keep.
  • Memorial ID 79304586

Jack Preston was born on April 4, 1919. He grew up with his four brothers and one sister in Regina, Saskatchewan. their home was only a block from the Gyro Golf Course, so Jack earned spending money by retrieving lost golf balls and caddying. He was a natural at the game. He won the caddy tournament at age 12 and later tied the course record with a 64. In 1936 he was the Saskatchewan Junior Golf Champion.

After finishing school, he worked for the Canadian government and considered playing golf professionally; however, Would War II curtailed his plans. He joined the Canadian Air Force in 1940 and worked in a variety of administrative roles while being stationed in eastern Canada throughout the war.

After the war, he met Nancy Salter in Toronto and their relationship grew because of a shared interest in golf. They were married on June 4, 1949 and spend their honeymoon in Southern California. They enjoyed California so much that they returned to stay in 1952. Jack became a United States Citizen in 1960.

Jack's first, and only, job in Southern California was with Firestone Building Materials. He eventually became the owner of the company and worked there almost 30 years before retiring in 1981. During this time he helped Nancy raise three daughters. During retirement, Jack and his best friend, Paul, played golf and enjoyed each other's companionship. Jack shot his age (72) and got a hole-in-one before an injured back forced him to quit playing.

Later in life, he enjoyed passing on his wisdom to his six grandchildren, maintaining his administrative skills by mastering the computer, and spending every day with Nancy. Jack loved to cook and did so for our families frequently. Jack and Nancy played backgammon; Jack worked crossword puzzles; and they loved to watch the Lakers, Dodgers and all golf on television.

He was intelligent, generous, loving and had a wonderful sense of humor and lived his life with quiet dignity. When he passed away on June 28, 2009, he died peacefully with wife, Nancy and his daughter, Suzanne Chenoweth at his side. He was our inspiration and he will be forever in our thoughts.

Addendum 8/13/2016: Nancy Preston died on June 12, 2016. Per their wishes, her ashes were mixed with Jack's ashes. They are in the same urn but a new plaque was placed at this time. Photo of the new urn posted here.

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  • Created by: Sue Chenoweth
  • Added: 26 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79304586
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jack Preston (4 Apr 1919–28 Jun 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79304586, ; Maintained by Sue Chenoweth (contributor 47482858) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a Nancy Preston Separated Jack's ashes for each of their daughters to keep..