Jack F. Maxwell

Jack F. Maxwell

Our beloved Father, Jack, lost his courageous battle with cancer August 29th, 2013.  He was born on Sept. 16, 1924 in Boise, Idaho and was 88 years old. 

22_001Jack’s life was full after graduating from high school.  He entered the service applying for fighter pilot training, however, color blindness ended that program and the army sent him to the University of Illinois under the Army Specialized Training program.  He was assigned to the 104th Timberwolf Infantry Division, training at Camp Carson, Colorado.  Then the Army sent him to Europe for combat in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, which included battles at Achen, Battle of the Bulge, Hertgen Forest and Cologne.   He received the Purple Heart and several unit Commendations.

After the war, Jack moved back to Boise, Idaho, where he met and married Doris Craven on Sept. 7, 1947 and had 4 children.

Continuing his education, Jack attended Business School at the University of Denver.  After graduation, he worked as Sales Manager for the Lincoln Mercury dealership in Boise owned by his Father.   He moved his Family to Pendleton, Oregon, where he worked as Sales manager for the Ford Lincoln Mercury dealership.  In 1963, he left Pendleton and went to work for Ford Motor Company in San Mateo, California, as an accountant and dealer auditor.  To further his career, he moved to Michigan where he worked for the Lincoln Mercury Division as a dealer investment Manager. 

Missing the Northwest, Jack moved his family to Seattle and bought Olympic Lincoln Mercury in North Seattle.  Later he owned Arlington and Marysville Ford. Retiring in 1990, he enjoyed his passion of fishing, boating and growing oysters at Lagoon Point on Whidbey Island.  He loved Lagoon Point and served as commissioner for the water district for 12 years. 

Jack was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, El Korah Shriner Temple in Boise, and the Boise Elks Lodge.

He loved music and played clarinet and saxophone in Boise with the Elks and Shrine Bands.  He got his love for flying from his Father and earned his private pilot’s license.  They enjoyed many trips together.

Jack was a gentle soul and always saw the best in everyone that had the pleasure to meet him.  He deeply loved his family and enjoyed our many family get-togethers throughout the years.  He loved making popcorn and watching football any time he could, and was a huge fan of anything that had beef in it and especially loved a prime rib roast.  He loved watching the hummingbirds and always pointed them out whenever anyone was around.  His quick wit and sense of humor will be missed by his family and we hope he knows how very much he was loved. 

Preceding him in death:  his Wife Doris, Son Gary Maxwell, Mother Anna Bernese and Father Loren C. Maxwell and Sister Donna Wisdom.

Surviving relatives are his 3 daughters: Cherie Maxwell (Riley Risbell) of Bonney Lake, Debbie Maxwell of Bothell and Carol Ferguson (Dan Ferguson), of Woodinville. 

Grandchildren: Brittany Boyd (Bob Boyd) of Silverdale, Brandon Maxwell of Anchorage, Cameron Risbell  (Jessica Risbell) of Anchorage and Danielle Ferguson of Woodinville. Great Grandchildren: Emma, Lily and Jackson Boyd.

A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 28th at St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 518 N 8th Street in Boise Idaho.

 Jack will be interned with his wife Doris and son Gary.

Remembrances suggested to the Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City

6 Responses to “Jack F. Maxwell”

  • Diane Agee says:

    We will miss Jack, he was such a kind a gentle man, very soft spoken. Jack was instrumental in getting all of the Anderson cousins together for reunions the past few years. It was great fun to make that connection once again.
    Rest in Pease Jack,
    Love, Cousin Diane

  • Ken Weaver says:

    I will miss Jack even though we seldom saw each other and with him living in Washington and me in Texas. When the email became the common way to communicate, Jack and I became regulars. I could expect at least one message from him everyday and I would reply back to him on many of them. He would call me from time to time if he picked up something significant in one of my messages or when he was planning a reunion in the northwest. In 1981 I came back to the U.S. from Germany and stayed with Jack and Doris on the Island for a few days. We went fishing and had a great time. He let me buy a station wagon from him at cost so we could drive to Texas and be able to sell the car there saving our family a lot of money. I will miss him and his messages. Rest in peace Jack you will be missed by your family and many friends. Cousin Ken Weaver.

  • Julie Lindsey says:

    I will miss Jack. I will miss his smile and seeing him at our cousin reunions. I remember going on the bus to Pendleton, by myself, and staying with Jack and Doris and spending time with Cherie and the girls. It was my first trip alone, I think I was 11 or 12 and was so glad to see them when I arrived. Jack will always be in my heart.

    Cousin Julie Lindsey

  • Debbie Maxwell says:

    All of you who had the pleasure of knowing my Dad know how deep our loss is. He is Loved deeply by his family and will be forever in hearts. Thank you to my two Wonderful sisters for their love and support during this difficult time for all of us. Thank you to all who helped us care for him.

  • Dale & Susan Marston says:

    We will miss you Jack, always so kind and sweet. We have great memories of you and Doris at the house on the water and later having lunch with you and Inez. Go with God good friend.

  • Dale & Susan Marston says:

    We will miss this kind and sweet man. Loved having great times with Jack and Doris at the beach house on Whidbey Is. Also with Jack and Inez lunching at Arnies in Mukilteo. Dale loved working for Jack and will always have great memories of that time. Go with God Jack.

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