Jack Mosteller, 88, Bellevue, Wash., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018.
Jack was born in Andrews in 1930. He was named by his 3-year-old sister (she liked Cracker Jacks).
He attended Mars Hill Prep and served in the U.S. Navy, 1951-55, during the Korean crisis.
He and wife Arlene met in Southern California after graduating from the University of Northern Carolina.
He retired after 38 years with Automatic Switch Co., bought out by Emerson. He had two offices – Bellevue and Foster City, Calif. His area covered Alaska, Washington, Montana to Reno in Nevada, and the Bay Area.
He was athletic – coached Little League baseball for 15 years and played in senior softball leagues for 18 years starting at age 65. His team was the Eastside Seventy-Fives. On his 80th birthday, Jack hit a home-run with his son, wife and granddaughter yelling, “Go Grandpa!”
Jack marshalled in the Bob Hope Classic, now called the Challenger, for 14 years with his brother, Joe. The players would come up to, stand with and talk to Jack. He never knew who the celebrities were – they were very relaxed with Jack.
He didn’t make a big deal over celebrities or ask for autographs. Later, his brother would tell him the celebrity’s name.
He is survived by his sons, Bob, living in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Matt, living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was so proud of his family and their achievements.
He loved seeing his neighbors out walking every day – it was the top of his morning to greet and exchange news. He was so happy living in Washington. He and his wife both met such great people.
“I am grateful for the support and kindness of my neighbors during this time and the gracious young woman, Pat Martel, who cares for us all” – Arlene Mosteller and always, Jack.