Jack was born on Election Day, Nov. 4, 1936, in Missoula to Clifford and Tillie Culligan. Jack and his twin brother, Jim, grew up on the family cattle ranch in Camas Prairie. He played trumpet and banjo in his dad’s dance band. He graduated from Hot Springs High School and moved to Spokane, Wash. He attended community college.
He married Joan Sharp in Thompson Falls. They had one son, Bruce.
He then attended Gonzaga University and graduated in Electrical Engineering. He was hired on at Western Electric in the Seattle area and stayed there for five years. He then moved back to Spokane and worked for Columbia Lighting. He was the project engineer building the plant in the Industrial Complex, later building a state-of-the-art light testing lab. At this same time, he and two other guys started Aztec Electric.
After leaving Columbia, he began working for AT&T in the Los Angeles area. He was engineer of the year four years in a row. He was Chief Engineer with engineering control over 27 buildings in the western United States and Hawaii until he closed that plant and retired.
After he retired, he moved to Spokane as his wife, Joan was in declining health and she wanted to be closer to her son, Bruce and daughter-in-law Apple. Joan passed away from ALS shortly after the move.
He later married Jeanne Browne and for the past 20 years she has been a traveling companion, fishing partner each summer, as well as a co-cook for his many guests that he has invited to the Copper King Estate. He never quite relinquished all the cooking duties to her.
Jack had many accomplishments in his life but the tutoring he has done with young men and women and the four years he taught Math is Cool at Colbert Elementary and one year at Mead Middle School was what he felt was his greatest. He has touched many lives and has given each of them his philosophy on life with the hope that it will help each person to whom it was given.
He continued to play the banjo as well as the baritone uke at the Eagles with the Ragtime Band. In fact the last time he played with the band was on his recent birthday, November 4.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joan; and his son, Bruce; as well as aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be Fri., Dec. 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N Monroe, Spokane, WA. We will celebrate Jack’s life at a mass held at St. Aloysius Church, 330 E Boone, Spokane, WA, Sat., Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, 7200 N Wall, Spokane, WA, Mon., Dec. 5 at 11 a.m.