Jack Salkovics

Jack Salkovics left this world to be with the Lord on May 17, 2012 in Bend, Oregon surrounded by much of his loving family.

Jack Salkovics was Born May 1st, 1937 to Trudy and Albert Salkovics in Lake Stevens, Washington.

He graduated from Marysville High School in 1955 and joined the Naval Reserves at Sand Point, Washington shortly thereafter. As a Plane Captain on the F4U Corsair he discovered a love for Naval Aviation. Serving in far away places, such as Kwajalein Atoll, he attended college classes and applied for the Naval Cadet Aviation Program (NavCad). He was accepted and graduated in Nov 1957, wearing the wings of gold awarded to Naval Aviators and the gold bars of a Navy Ensign.

He attended advanced jet training in Texas, flying the F9 Panther and the A4 Skyhawk. After completion of his training he toured the Far East during a Western Pacific cruise (WestPac) aboard the USS Coral Sea. In February of 1963 he transitioned to helicopters, flying the H-34. He spent 2 years in Antarctica (Operation Deep Freeze 1964-1966). He left the Navy in April 1966 to fly for Pan American Airlines. He flew the Boeing 707 and 747 until Pan Am became insolvent in 1991.

In retirement he enjoyed walks on the beach with his wife Dee and his West Highland Terriers. He spent much of his retirement in California, Camarillo (1978-1994), Nipomo (1994-2004) until relocating to Redmond, Oregon (2004-present).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Trudy and Albert Salkovics, and his first wife, Ginger Salkovics. He is survived by his wife Dee Salkovics, sisters Jean Hewitt and Diane Elsbree, brother-in-law Frank Hewitt, sons Scott and Steve Salkovics, daughter Jacqueline Williams, daughters-in-law Kari Salkovics and Nora Guy, grandchildren Nicolai and Ivan Salkovics, Cole Guy-Salkovics, Rowan and Haidan Smith-Williams and nieces Kim and Kristina Hewitt.

A memorial service will be observed at the Assembly of God church in Redmond, Oregon June 2nd at 2PM.

Donations in his honor can be made to the Humane Society or the Church of choice.

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