Jack W. Westfall
Westfall, Jack W. 93 Nov. 27, 1922 Oct. 10, 2016 Jack Warren Westfall was born at home on Nov. 27, 1922 to Mazel and Paul John Westfall in Superior, Mont. He was the last surviving sibling of thirteen. He joined the Army after high school and sent his paychecks home to help support his parents and siblings. He married his soul mate, Jeanne Field Ross in 1948. She preceded him in death in 2007 after 59 years of marriage. He joined her on Oct. 10, 2016. Jack is survived by his daughter, Susan Walker (Gordon); his son, Lawrence; his grandchildren, Cory, Kelly, Michael, and Heather (Mike); and great-grandchildren, Alex, Danny, Ariana, Blaike and Trevor. He will also be greatly missed by his extended family of caretakers, joined families, nieces, nephews, friends and admirers. Everyone was welcome in Jack's family. Jack moved to Oregon in 1946 to help his brother Paul develop and build The Westfall Performer; the first rubber tired skid loader. They sold more than they could produce. At age 78 he was thrilled to locate an abandoned Performer and rebuilt it himself, hand-crafting any missing or corroded parts in his shop. In 1971, he founded Air Flow Systems, Inc. In 1978, Jack and Jeanne found land with a beautiful view of Mt. Hood. Jack designed and built their dream home with help from friends and family. At the age of 86, the North Clackamas School District appropriated his property, and he became a community organizer who ensured all neighbors were treated fairly and with equality during the process. His love for his home was so great, he wanted it relocated with him. The house was divided into 4 pieces and it took over 100 people to make the 14 mile trek to his new property in Beavercreek. The elementary school that now stands on his former land has honored Jack and Jeanne with a plaque commemorating his work and help. When his neighbors needed help with haying, Jack was there to do it for them. In his spare time, he helped build houses with Habitat for Humanity and was deeply involved in Moreland Presbyterian Church. He loved horseback riding and camping with his grandchildren and The Wilderness Trail Riders. Jack was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Army veteran, business owner, consultant, engineer, architect, builder, inventor, mechanic, boiler repairmen, caregiver, farmer, cowboy, negotiator, philanthropist, community organizer and mentor. A Memorial will be held at 2:00 p.m. Oct. 23, 2016 at Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee Blvd., Portland, OR 97222. In lieu of flowers, and if it is in your heart, he would have appreciated donations to Moreland Presbyterian. Arrangements by Terry Family Funeral Home. See more information at terryfamilyfuneralhome.com .
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