Jack L. ArctApril 7, 1928 ~ June 25, 2017 (age 89)
Jack Lewis Arct, beloved husband, father, and friend, passed away at his home on Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Happy Valley surrounded by his loving family.
Jack was born in Gresham, Oregon to Homer & Elizabeth Arct. They eventually moved to Portland where Jack graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School. He then entered the U.S. Army Air Corp. where he was stationed in occupied Japan as an aircraft mechanic. Honorably discharged in 1947, he then attended an airplane mechanics school in Portland and eventually moved on to Vanport College. It was during this time that he met his future wife Patricia. They both moved to Corvallis where they attended Oregon State University. This is where he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
He then moved to California where he worked for Lockheed, Burbank. He was an engineer there for several years. It was in Los Angles that he began his love affair with sports cars. He loved to go on road trips with friends driving his Austin Healey and eventually his beloved Porsche 356. He and Pat were married in 1958 and relocated to San Jose, CA where Jack worked for Lockheed at Moffett Field. They spent many happy years there raising 3 children. When Jack retired, they moved back to Portland to be with family.
There was nothing Jack took more pleasure in than being with his family and working on his latest project in the garage while sipping on a cup of coffee. He was an accomplished wood worker, fixer of all things, and car restorer. He was always available to take a road trip up the gorge or over to the Oregon coast. He truly loved Oregon and all of its beauty. He will be remembered for his endless patience, kindness, and sense of humor.
Jack is survived by his wife, Patricia and three children, Wayne, Trisha (Craig), and Sharon (Jon); 8 grandchildren, and one great grandchild on the way.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 pm, July 9, 2017 at Eastmorland Golf Course, 2425 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU.