Jack Louis Seymour (1934-2018)
Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, US airman, park ranger, and all around good man Jack Louis Seymour passed away peacefully at his home in Goldendale on Tuesday, March 6th.
Jack was born August 24, 1934 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to his father Jack and his mother Margaret Haugen Seymour.
Coming from very humble beginnings Jack worked from a very young age to help support his family.
Seeking a steady paycheck while still in high school, Jack purposely misreported his age on forms to allow him to join the US Army when he was 17. While in a hospital, after taking shrapnel in the Korean War, Jack's true age was discovered, and Jack was sent back to Iowa to finish high school.
Upon completion of high school Jack joined the US Air Force and served for 25 years, serving most of those years as an air traffic controller at stations in the US and abroad, including Morocco, Greenland, Japan, and Panama.
While stationed in Greenland Jack was an accomplice in an unauthorized secret mission that tracked the flight pattern of an unidentified flying object as it departed the north pole on Christmas eve, and travelled around the globe. This mission is now carried out by Airmen around the globe every Christmas eve.
Always working to improve his station in life Jack continued his education throughout his life earning a Bachelor's degree from Florida State University, and certifications in law enforcement from multiple colleges in Washington state.
Jack was married to his wife of 61 years, Phyllis Ann Hinckley Seymour, in 1957.
Jack and Phyllis had three children while Jack travelled the world and Jack served his country.
Retiring from the highly stressful job of air traffic control in 1973, Jack transitioned into a much more peaceful job in forestry, first working as a back country ski ranger on Mt. Rainier National Park, then serving 28 years as a Washington State Parks ranger.
Jack loved animals, nature and interacting with people, which made him a perfect fit as a park ranger.
Registering campers, answering questions and socializing with park guests were all joys for Jack at the two parks he manned; Illahee State Park on the Puget Sound, in Bremerton, and Maryhill State Park on the Columbia River.
Jack retired from State Parks in 1999 and built a home with his wife in the hills outside of Goldendale, WA where he raised animals, farmed, and pursued hobbies in his leisure.
After living in rented properties and government housing his entire life Jack was very proud to have fulfilled a lifelong goal to own his own home and acreage.
Jack loved music, spaghetti westerns and reading western stories of hard working men enduring great odds.
Jack himself was a hard-working man of honor and integrity, and was liked by most all who knew him. He greeted all with a warm smile and kind words, and was always willing to hold a door for anyone.
Jack loved animals, having many pets and animal rescues throughout his life including cats, dogs, llamas, goats, rabbits, chickens, raccoons, a kinkajou, iguanas, and a skunk, to name a few.
Jack was a true renaissance man with many hobbies throughout his lifetime including hiking, fishing, skiing, photography, building furniture and musical instruments, building and launching Estes rockets, and creating collections of coins, guns and stamps.
Always a sociable person with a sense of community Jack was involved in many community organizations including being a scout leader and guide for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of America, Bremerton, Washington; a Volunteer Fireman for North Perry Fire Station, Bremerton, WA; and a member and one year president of the Goldendale Branch of Lions Clubs International.
Jack is survived by his wife, Phyllis Ann Seymour, his sister-in-law Karen Seymour, his three children: Eric and KC Seymour, and Ginger Davis; his grandchildren: Joshua Seymour, and Jason, Kory and Kary Davis; his step grandchildren: Kenneth, Michael and Nathan Davis, and David Barrick; his great-grandchildren: Andrew and Chloe Davis, and Daphne and Ava Seymour, and his step great-grandchild Donovan Barrick.
Jack was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brother Chuck, and his sister Betty.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at Maryhill State Park, at 12 noon.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to your local Humane Society.