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Jack Dean Waggoner
Jack Dean Waggoner of Tehachapi passed away Nov. 12, 2011 at his home in Golden Hills, with his family by his side.
Jack was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on May 25, 1926, to John Bryan (Barney) and Mable Waggoner, who preceded him in death along with one sister, Voncil.
Jack proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II from June 11, 1943 to Sept. 28, 1946. Jack was stationed at the China Lake Naval Ordinance Test Station in Ridgecrest. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Jack moved to Independence and began his career with the Department of Water and Power, Northern Aqueduct, on March 17, 1947. He retired as an equipment operator on June 1, 1988, with more than 41 years of service.
Jack was involved in many community activities. He played baseball for the Independence Town Team in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He was a coach for Little League baseball, Middle League baseball and American Legion baseball in Independence and coached many All-Star teams made up of players from each town in the Owens Valley. He was a positive influence on the youth of these communities.
If the town of Independence or any individual needed help on a project, Jack was always the first one to volunteer. He was able to use his expert backhoe skills on many of these projects. Jack was an avid hunter and fisherman who passed his skills on not only to his sons, but also to the youth and friends that often accompanied him. He was also a member of the Hi Sierra Gun Club in the Owens Valley.
Jack is survived by his wife of 30 years, Peggy of Tehachapi; one daughter, Janey Voncil Burke and husband Robert of Milwauki, Ore.; four sons and their wives, Jim and Judy Waggoner of Bishop, Evan and Julie Sherritt of Ridgecrest, Scott and Kris Sherritt of Tehachapi and Blane and Andrea Sherritt of Belt, Mont.
Jack, affectionately known as “Grampy,” is also survived by 16 grandchildren, Jolene Batchelder and husband, Tim, and Joni Ferrell and husband, James, all of Bishop, Travis Wayland and wife, Char of Santaquin, Utah, Justin Wayland and wife, Dani, Jodi Holmes and husband, Dre, Beau Wayland and wife, Misty, all of Portland, Ore., Courtney, Elijah, Haley, Polly and Samuel Sherritt of Tehachapi, Taylor and Jack Sherritt of Ridgecrest, Max and Morgan Sherritt of Belt, Mont. and Jacqueline Manning and husband, Jon, of Auburn; 14 great-grandchildren, Madalyn and Makenna Batchelder, Josi and Jesi Ferrell, Talin, Garrett, Izabella, Jackson, Auden, Kannon and Savanna Wayland, Adilee, Brooklyn and Augustus Holmes; along with one great-great-grandchild, Chaise Wayland, and numerous other relatives and friends.
Grampy will be greatly missed by his family, his cat, Coco, and the many friends he made over the years.
Per his request, no funeral services will be held.
The family requests donations be made in Jack’s memory to any local sports teams of one’s choosing.