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1935 - 2019
Sept. 30, 1935 - Jan. 8, 2019 OKLAHOMA CITY Jack lived a full and happy life. We were all his favorites, and he was ours. Only child of Gilbert Bernard & Eva Easterly in Syracuse, NY, he died in hospice the day after suffering a stroke, surrounded by his large and loving family. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; by his first wife, Jane Stein Easterly, his childhood sweetheart and mother of his children; and by Lois Green Easterly, beloved wife of 32 years and mother of his stepchildren. A genuine renaissance man, inspired by excellence in all things, Jack boldly moved his young family to Oklahoma City in 1962 to work for General Electric and build a better life. He transitioned to the advertising industry in the early 1970s, where his particular brand of critical thinking and precision insight for the printed image, tempered with a matchless wit, made him indispensable as a production manager until his retirement as VP of Production of Jordan Associates in 2000. He is survived by Marilyn Backus, companion of 14 years; by daughters, Lee Vincent and Lynne Young (husband Jack); son, Graham Easterly (wife Julie); by stepdaughters, Jill Jekel and Lynn Ranger (companion Geoff); and by stepsons, Todd Ranger (wife Sherlene), Chad Backus (wife Amy), and Taylor Backus (wife Tiffany). His grandchildren are: his namesake, John Dean "Jack" Easterly, Lauren Williamson (husband George), Cory Vincent (wife Jen), Matthew Young (wife Rachael), Becky Grisales (husband Andres), JoAnn Horvat (husband Scott), Virginia Ellis (husband Eric), Christine Liles (husband Jeff), Will Ranger, Stephen and Daniel Jekel (wife Gemma), and Brooks, Bennett, Clayton, Cody, and Walker Backus. Great-grandchildren are BD Buddy Daisy and Max Vincent, Hayden Shawareb, Sophia and Bella Grisales, Gavin and Jarrett Ellis, Dylan Jekel, and Phoenix and Xander Williamson. Donations may be made to Martin Nature Park, Infant Crisis Services, or by teaching someone to read. Jack donated his body to science. Look for a celebration of his life this spring, surrounded by things he loved, the lake, the sunset, a full moon or a starry night. Contact a family member to leave your information. We would love to see you there to share Jack tales.
Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 13, 2019
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