Jack W. King Jr.
Jack W. King, Jr., 73 passed away on Tuesday, January 31, in Anchorage, Alaska. He was born in Lodi, Calif. Sept. 12, 1943, to the late Jack W. King, M.D. and Helga Birch King, who moved with their family to Porterville in 1957. Jack Jr. received degrees in Theology and History and minored in French as he attended La Sierra College in Riverside, CA., for three of his college years, and one year at the Adventist College in Collonges, France, where he became fluent in French. He next attended Andrews University in Michigan, where he received his Masters of Divinity. He and his family then spent several years in mission service in Ivory Coast and Liberia, where he worked as a pastor and taught at secondary schools. He was then asked to be in an administrative position at the church headquarters in Ghana. While in Ghana, he decided he didn't want to spend the rest of his life sitting behind a desk. He would much rather be involved in outdoor activities. As a result, he and his family returned to the States, he entered Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and received Master's Degrees in International Development and Crop Science, and a PhD in Soil Science. While at Cornell, SAWS, a Seventh-day Adventist relief organization, (now known as ADRA, "Adventist Development and Relief Agency") decided to expand their services to include prevention of disasters as well as relief, and asked Jack to design and implement the first such project, which he did. Upon finishing at Cornell, he and his family returned to Africa, this time to Chad, to put the plan, which was to help the local people set up community farms in order to be self-sustaining - into action. The plan was a tremendous success and people from many parts of the world, as well as the US Ambassador and other government officials, came to see what was being done. Unfortunately, while working in Chad, a war broke out between different factions in the country, and he and his family had to flee the country, tAlaskaing only what they could carry. But people there wrote to him over a period of many years, keeping him up do date as to how the project was going, and telling him how much they appreciated what he had done. A short time after returning to the States, he was contacted by Cornell University, stating that an organization had requested someone to survey and map the soils of the country of Yemen and asked if he would be interested. He gave a positive reply, so off to Yemen the family went. he completed the job, and then later worked with Oppenheimer Industries and Farming with a contract with the Yemeni government, managing the largest farm in the country- previously run by the Russians. But, once again, because of violence, he and his family had to flee for their lives, losing everything, including payment for what he had done. After returning to the States this time, they settled in Woodlake, CA, where he pursued different projects and occupations until he moved to Alaska to be near his children. He is survived by son, Jack King III and his wife Sybil of Valdez, Alaska, daughter, Dr. Juliana and her husband John Montooth of Dillingham, Alaska, and his son Jonathan of Kodiak, Alaska, his four grandchildren, Jimmy, Kaleb, Annjuli, and Zakarias Montooth, and three siblings, Dr.s Janice and Charles King Hackett of Cookeville, TN, JoAnn King Jacobs of Porterville, CA, and Tanya King of Keaau Hawaii, and nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Porterville, CA.
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