Jack Negus passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home of 46 years on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. He was a loving father and devoted friend to all who knew him. Jack was born in Tacoma in 1929.
The family moved to Green Lake in Seattle in 1939, where he attended John B. Allen Elementary School and he met his future wife Joyce. He loved growing up in the Green Lake neighborhood and made many lifelong friends there. He was active in Ballard Fife and Drum Corps and played football for Lincoln High School, but spent most of his time in Edmonds, where Joyce had moved and he had many close friends.
Jack, along with Joyce’s father and brother Don, helped build the family cabin at Sunlight Beach and spent many weekends and holidays there. After he graduated from Lincoln, he went to work for the family material handling distributorship, eventually taking over the family business. He married Joyce in 1952 and they resided in Edmonds until 1972, when they moved to South Whidbey permanently. Jack was active in WITA and was instrumental in developing Island Transit.
He retired in 1995, enjoyed the island and traveled with Joyce.
Joyce preceded him in death in 2004. He continued to live in his house in Clinton and was a frequent diner at the Patch and member of the Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club.
He is survived by daughter Sara Montoya and granddaughter Stella of Bellingham, brother-in-law Donald Steadman of Sunlight Beach, and nieces and nephews throughout the United States. Memorial donations may be made to WhidbeyHealth Hospice.