Jack Alfred McAllister of Copperopolis, CA died suddenly at his home early on the morning of October 13, 2014, from complications relating to a recent illness. He was 79. Jack is survived by his three sons: Steven and Bill of Copperopolis and Jim in Seattle. He is also survived by a granddaughter Jayme who also lives in Seattle. His older brother Bob resides in Clearlake.
Jack attended Manteca High School where he was a four sport star, pitching a no-hitter against Oakdale High his senior year. Jack and his future wife, Joyce, graduated with the Manteca High Class of 1954, and married in Manteca in1956.
In 1959 Jack began a 30 year career for the California Department of Corrections as a correctional officer at DVI. He also worked at Susanville, Soledad and Blythe. In 1966 the family settled in Oakdale, CA, while Jack and Joyce worked at Sierra Conservation Center in Jamestown. They remained until 1989 when Jack retired and they moved to Copperopolis.
Jack enjoyed music, film and sports his entire life. He coached his boys on a variety of teams. Jack was a member of the Oakdale Golf Club, and was an avid golfer, until recent years. Jack and Joyce traveled together all over the world including over 100k miles in their RV. They loved the Sea Cliff Beach RV Park in Santa Cruz. Joyce lost her battle with cancer in 2006
A memorial for Jack will be held at the home of Brett and Diane Dickerson, in Oakdale, Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11am. You may contact his son Steven McAllister for details. The family asks for donations to Susan G. Komen in lieu of flowers.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Tuesday, October 21, 2014