Fred Jack

02/19/1939 –

 12/01/2021

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  • Visitation
Date: 12/09/2021
Time: 6:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

  • Funeral Service
Date: 12/10/2021
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am
Quaker Avenue Church of Christ

1701 Quaker Ave, Lubbock, TX 79416

1701 Quaker Ave, Lubbock, TX 79416

Obituary

The family of Frederick Jack will celebrate his life of 82 years at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 10, 2021, at the Quaker Avenue Church of Christ. His family will host a time of fellowship and remembrance from 6:00 PM to  8:00 PM, Thursday, December 09, 2021, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. He passed on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. We invite you to view the live-streamed service on this page, sign his virtual guestbook, and download his memorial keepsake folder to your device for printing. We also ask you to consider viewing his Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to his favorite music.

Frederick “Freddie”, “Fred” McCoy Jack, Jr. was born on Sunday, February 19, 1939, to “Fritz” and MaryAnn Jack in Snyder, Oklahoma, where he grew up on the family farm.  He was “Mr. Snyder High School” and played football. After High School graduation, he went to college and realized that it was not for him at that time.  He loved his country and decided to join the United States Marine Corp.  He lived an exciting life in the Marines, as he traveled the world to such countries as Italy and France.  Paris was his favorite place to go and he loved the food there.  He ended his service with the rank of Corporal, as an Embassy Guard stationed in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, where he was honorably discharged.  He was taken into the United States Secret Service for a short time.

On a trip home to visit his parents, unbeknownst to Freddie, his Daddy got a group of young men together, with the sole purpose of him going out with them so that he could find a wife.  He met Dianna Gaskins at a country dance that very night in Lubbock, Texas and he became very smitten and fell madly in love with her immediately!  They married on March 7, 1965, at  78th & University Church of Christ, with George Calvert officiating.  A few days after they married, they moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he started school with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He graduated and became a Highway Patrolman. His first assignment was in Muleshoe, Texas. In 1968, they welcomed their first daughter, DiGi. He worked his way into the Narcotics Division of DPS, which moved them to Houston, where they welcomed their second daughter, Dana, in 1973. Undercover Narcotics moved them around Texas, where they finally settled in Lubbock. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University while he served the community through the Texas DPS and was promoted to Captain.  He then retired in 1993.  Fred moved on into the Vehicle Inspection Division then fully retired from DPS in 1995.  Because he did not know how to stop working, he went on to work with the Lubbock District Attorney’s Office and started the Lubbock County Auto Theft Task Force, where he finally retired in 1999. Fred was a Texas Special Ranger through his entire career, until 2021.

Fred loved time with his family.  Dianna was the joy in his day and the love of his life.  They loved spending time together, whether it be just sitting outside in their swings taking life in together, traveling with their RV, and meeting friends at different campgrounds to play golf, or with a house full of friends or grandchildren.

Dad was a loving, smart, strong, loyal, supportive, and protective husband and father.  As his DiGi and Dana were growing up, he taught them many life lessons the have served them well.  He taught them to be loving, caring, strong, and observant. He loved them in the simplest, but Biggest of ways. From teaching his girls to drive, installing their radar detectors <grin> and radios in their cars, walking them down the aisle for their weddings, to watching them raise his grandchildren.

He was blessed with 7 precious grandchildren, who loved their “PaPa” dearly.  He loved teaching each one of them new things, watching them grow, and helping them to find their own individual talents, God-given gifts, and interests.  His grandchildren are J Avery Shriver, Drew Shriver, Sara Grace Shriver, Gabe Johnston, Emma Hope Shriver, Jack Johnston, and Henri Grace Johnston.

Fred loved LCU Women’s Basketball and all things Texas Tech. He also loved golf, fishing, target shooting, playing cards and dominos, camping, playing with grandchildren, and sitting outside watching and listening to the birds. Although John Wayne was his favorite actor and he owned every single one of his movies, his favorite all-time movie was Pretty Woman with his favorite scene being, Julia Roberts saying: “Hi! Do you remember me? I was in here yesterday and you wouldn’t wait on me. You work on commission, right? BIG mistake! BIG! HUGE! I have to go shopping now”, which he played over and over and over again!

Dad was blessed with SO many friends throughout his life.  Most of which, he had a strong friendship with for many, many years.  Some have told us stories of their friendship and have made us laugh probably more than we’ve cried that Dad is actually not here on this Earth anymore.  We are just SO Thankful that he lived a “fun-loving” life and that he found the laughter and smiles that come with sharing your life with others.

Fred was a man of his word and so very honorable. He had an incredible sense of humor, that kept us in stitches at times, and he sought joy in the every day.  As his memory and health began to fail and he took a take a turn for the worse, he still had a fighting spirit but embraced the challenges that came with it in stride.  He did not want anybody to make a big deal over him and was the happiest when Dianna and his daughters were by his side.

He had a strong Christian faith that he openly shared with family, friends, and new people he met.  He knew Jesus was his Creator and Savior.  He served as a Deacon and Elder at their church. We grieve because we LOVE….and he loved well!  How blessed we are to have experienced our husband and Daddy’s love.

As a family, we mourn the loss of a dear, sweet, and loving man, who loved us well and loved life, BIG! But, we take heart in knowing that he now has no pain, is sharp as a tack with his mental clarity, and most of all is in the presence of Jesus Christ, his Savior.  We look forward to seeing you again Honey, Daddy, PaPa, Uncle Fred, and Friend.

Those surviving Fred include his wife Dianna of 56 years, daughters DiGi (Phillip) Shriver and Dana (Jason) Johnston, Brothers & Sisters-in-law Myrt Gibson, James and Jo McNabb, Gwen Gaskins, Jackie and Ann Gaskins, many nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, “Fritz” and Mary Ann Jack, and his sister, Betty Ann Graham.

 

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