Born May 9, 1930
Died July 3, 2013
On July 3, 2013, a lovely summer day in Dallas, Texas, Jack Stubbs departed a full and colorful 83 years of life on this earth. Among friends and family waiting in heaven to celebrate his arrival were his parents, Genevieve Francis (“Jinx”) and Allan Hugh Stubbs, his brother Allan, two sisters, Mary Lou Haake and Suzi Naylor, and his aunt Sister Mary Camilla Montgomery.
Jack was born in Philadelphia, PA. At age 5, his family moved to Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Paseo High School with special interests in drama and theater. He was also an R.O.T.C. major and battalion executive officer, lettered on the Rifle Team and earned the NRA’s “Sharpshooter” designation.
Jack was called away from college to active duty in 1951-52 as part of a U.S. Air Force reserve unit, serving in Roswell, NM, and Rapid City, SD. In May 1952 he married Therese Bartolac, and over the next 40 years, they raised a family of six children: Cecilia Norwood (Tim), Ruth Kelton (David), Kevin, Greg, Mark (Christine Emmanuel) and Paul. With Therese’s support, Jack earned his B.A. degree from Washburn University (Topeka, KS) in 1964. He built his career in the insurance industry, including property/casualty (Trinity Universal Insurance Company), risk management, and consulting.
After marrying Jeanne Gephardt in 1993, Jack moved to Lake of the Ozarks, where he volunteered his management skills at the Westside Seniors Association and supervised construction of a local Habitat for Humanity home in Versailles. He also piloted a boat sporting his famous “Dragon Frog” creation during the near-freezing 8th Annual St. Pat’s Parade On The Water. He and Jeanne particularly enjoyed long road trips together, visiting friends and taking in sights throughout the central and eastern U.S.
In 2002 Jack returned to Dallas, Texas, where he volunteered hundreds more hours in various community endeavors. Among his many other loves were his family, smoking brisket, the P-51 Mustang, dry martinis, historical biographies, lighthouses, refinishing furniture, color in his garden, and “laughin’ and scratchin’” with friends and family. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by two sisters, Barbara Dyer (Sid) and Sr. Mary Francine Stubbs (Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth), as well as five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass to celebrate Jack’s life will be held at 10am Friday, July 12, at Cathedral Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75201. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Dallas Arboretum (8525 Garland Rd., Dallas 75218, www.dallasarboretum.org), Cathedral Guadalupe (2215 Ross Ave., Dallas 75201, www.cathedralguadalupe.org), or KERA-TV (3000 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas 75201, www.kera.org/tv).