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Jack W. Vaughn
Korean War veteran
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Jack W. Vaughn, 77, passed away Aug. 25 at Oak Terrace Care facility in Soulsbyville, Calif. Jack was born in Bakersfield on Dec. 29, 1932 to Frank Lester and Clarabelle Fulwiler Vaughn. They lived in Hanford, Calif., where he attended Hanford High School, excelling in track, football and basketball.

He joined the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War as a high-speed radio operator, monitoring the Chinese troop movements along the coast. He was honorably discharged in 1957. Jack returned to Hanford and attended Fresno State College and worked in the grocery store of his brother, Dave Vaughn.

Jack met his wife, Sharon, in Oakland and they were married on March 18, 1961 and have been married for 49 ½ wonderful years. Once married, Jack and Sharon returned to Hanford and began a partnership with his brother. They then moved to Mariposa where they opened their first grocery store, “Jack’s California Market.” A second partnership with Darryl and Romelle Christensen opened up many new ideas and new business adventures.

Jack was an avid golfer, pilot, loved riding motorcycles, RVing, camping, traveling, square dancing, and most of all, his friends and family. He was a member of the American Legion, NRA and co-chaired electing Ronald Reagan as governor of California.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Vaughn, of Jamestown; his oldest son, Scott (wife, Kathi) of Stockton, their two daughters, Stephanie (husband, Thomas), and Samantha Patterson; granddaughters Lexci and Leah from the Stockton-Lodi area, Charlie Kern of Santa Rosa; youngest son Devin (wife, Bonnie) of Hidden Valley Lake; grandsons Steven and Justin Vaughn of Santa Rosa; Jack’s older brother, Dave (wife, Jackie) Vaughn of Arroyo Grande, Calif; his nephew, Dan Vaughn of Pinecrest; two nieces, Val (husband, Alan) Barber, and Kim Bram, both of Twain Harte. He was preceded in death by his son Steven, and his father and mother.

No funeral service (at Jack’s request) will be held but a “Celebration of Jack’s life” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. at Mountain Springs Golf Course.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Children’s Hospital at Box 1248, Madera, CA 93639 and/or to Hospice of the Sierra at 20100 Cedar St., Sonora, CA 95370.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Monday, August 30, 2010