July 20, 1929 - February 6, 2015
Jack Nevins, of Costa Mesa, has passed away, leaving behind his
loving wife, Dolores, to whom he'd been married for 63 years and
Tootsie, his beloved cat. Jack is also survived by his devoted
children: Jon (Terri), Joel (Nancy) and Julie (Steve: his
"favorite"/only son-in-law and best friend), and was preceded in
death by his first-born-son, Jay. Jack also had six grandchildren:
Cory, Daniel, Laurie, Brooke, Julia, and Carly, along with one
Jack joined the
US Navy in 1950 and was
honorably discharged in 1954. He then joined the Air Force in 1955
and retired from active service in 1972 after a tour of duty in
Vietnam. He had a long and varied career in the Armed Forces and was
awarded the Airman's Medal for his bravery during one crisis - a
very distinguished honor awarded for actions involving voluntary
risk of life under conditions other than combat.
After retiring from the Air Force Jack and Dolores settled in
Arkansas on 5 acres of land. He went to school to become an
automobile body repair expert, rebuilding cars that had incurred
major damage and to which he "brought back to life". He built a
beautiful modern repair shop in which to accomplish his "magic" on
After about fifteen years, he and Dolores moved back to California.
Jack started a new career at Alton Geoscience, which he enjoyed
immensely. He retired from that company, but kept in touch with many
of his co-workers, who were dear to him.
Jack rode motorcycles, which some of his children enjoy as well. In
1979 he and Julie took a trip on their bikes, riding from Arkansas
to Florida; it was a trip of a lifetime and created many happy
Jack was a train buff - he built a beautiful "N" gage railroad
layout and an outdoor "G" scale railway, along with many wooden
buildings that added to the charm. His gardening skills were
exceptional - he grew delicious tomatoes, peas and string beans; we
looked forward to his "bounty" each year!
We all loved and miss Jack so much. In his honor Dolores requests
that donations be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.
Published in Orange County Register on Feb. 22, 2015