Jack J. Leitz
Date of birth: June 30 1940
Date of death: April 8 2019
Jack J Leitz
June 30 1940-April 8 2019
Jack Leitz went into the loving arms of Jesus, surrounded by his entire family, on Monday, April 8, 2019.
Born to Eugene and Rosa Leitz, he was the youngest of six children. His parents came to America from Germany shortly after World War 1 and founded Milwaukie Floral, which continues operating as a fourth-generation business today!
Jack was raised in Milwaukie, Oregon and attended Milwaukie High School. He graduated in the Class of 1958.
When Jack was 19, he met the love of his life, Mary Ann Cook and they married in 1960.
Shortly after Jack and Mary married, they started Jack’s Digger Service, an excavation business. They built a home and had 3 children: daughter: Heidi Storey (husband: Dean), and two sons, Kerry Leitz (wife: Suzanne) and Troy Leitz. He was blessed with 8 grandchildren: Ryan Leitz, Nicole (Storey) Perez, Dustin Storey, Shellaina (Leitz) Downing, Taylor Leitz, Adrianna Leitz , Jake Storey and Tory Leitz/Lacourse, and 7 great grandchildren; Angel Perez, Ben Perez, Melia Ramos, Jay Santos, Aria Storey, Eleanor Leitz, and Harrison Downing.
Along with his wife and children, Jack is survived by his sister Rose Orr and her husband Bob.
Jack had great passion for his work. Neptune Pools, along with the City of Milwaukie, were his first business accounts. He was a hard worker, driven to make his new business excel, so he could provide his family the best. Through it all, Mary was by his side, taking care of the bookkeeping, delivering materials and helping out in any way she could. Today the business is proudly owned and operated by his son, Troy and granddaughter, Adrianna. Over the years it has grown and expanded, with 2 of the original customers, Neptune Pools and Distinctive Homes, still being the major accounts today. When Jack retired, he missed being on the jobsites, so his new position became the coffee and donut delivery man, although he would have rather been pulling levers, on the heavy equipment, this brought him great joy.
Jack’s favorite things to do were hunting with family and friends in Eastern Oregon, spending time with family, watching funny movies and restoring his classic cars; a 1930 Chrysler, 3 window coupe with 625 horsepower, and his favorite, a 1950 Chevrolet sedan that was the first car he owned as a teenager.
Jack was a gentle giant, standing at 6’4” who deeply loved his wife and family. He was a man of faith, attending church nearly every Sunday, with Mary Ann by his side.
Jack was laid to rest at Sunnyside Pioneer Cemetery, overlooking the land where he raised his family.
His Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 2:00pm at Sunnyside Community Church, 16444 SE Hwy 212, Damascus, OR 97089.
26 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Angie Smith Jack, You were a great man who took care of your entire family. This world should be full of men with your empathy, love and loyalty to his family. God bless you Jack. With love, Angie
Candle lit by Kara and Jeramie
Candle lit by Steve Hansen The mark of a man can be measured by the impact he has on those around him. Adored by his family, admired by his friends Jack impacted everyone around him. I’m a better man for knowing him. Thank you Jack.
Candle lit by Shellaina Downing Grandpa, you will be forever missed by your entire family. You were a man of few words, but when you spoke you were hysterical. We will miss and remember you forever.
Candle lit by Logan Hutto Thank you for giving me a family I can count on, before we came into your life me and my family of three were pretty much alone. You and everyone accepted us with open arms and even though we only talked ever so often I love you and can’t say it enough that you are one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Never have I met someone that could say so much with so little and make me feel like I was safe in their home. Talking to you about your car and learning so much about you while staying on one subject told me there was so much to the quiet man I came to know as my Grandpa Jack. Having that conversation made more happy than you could know because I got to talk with someone who loved cars as much as me and even more so that it was with my grandfather whom I respected So much. I wish we had more time. Thank you for being my Grandfather and my family
Candle lit by Josie Jack , I enjoyed our time, thank you for the laughs. Blessings
Candle lit by Nicole Perez Grandpa,I will forever miss you. Trying to find the words to describe how much is truly impossible. You were everything I wish I could be and more...
Candle lit by Jason young I started doing work for jack about 7/8 years ago and always loved coming over he was always smiling and would love to talk about anything while I was working on there trucks couldn’t ask for a better person to be around and would always make you laugh he will be miss very much gonna miss you jack glad I could meet you and your family great people
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Candle lit by Chad Jack dug so many pools that I was involved in. It was always fun dig day getting coffee and doughnuts, which is the tradition to this day. Jack will be greatly missed but it is awesome to have his son and granddaughter continue the tradition. Rest in peace. See you when I get there!
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Candle lit by Heidi Leitz Storey
Candle lit by Mary Ann Leitz You were my Rock for 59 years. We together were true Soulmates. A marriage made in heaven for sure. It is the toughest thing I have ever faced on this Earth. Heaven is where we will meet again since I couldn't go with you. We did most everything together for all those years. Gods got my arrival time. I will have to go through this with friends family and his help. Love you forever Mary Ann
Candle lit by Troy Leitz Dad I know your watching over us now! Even though your gone, my wonderful memories of you will be with me every day!!! My Dad, my business partner, hunting companion, hero, and most of all my best friend is truly missed beyond what someone could ever imagine!!! I forever love you, and will see you upstairs one day!
Candle lit by Charity M Leitz Jack, you were a man of few words, but you were such an example of what a man should be. From the start of our journey with this family right up to the day you left us, you and Mary Ann accepted me, Kara and Logan into your family willingly and treated us as your own, you have no idea how refreshing that was and how very much it meant to us all. So many lessons should be learned by those who knew you on what it means to be a man, a father and a grandfather. It is a privilege to have known you and a blessing to be a part of your family. You are missed greatly.
Candle lit by Edward Mansoor I worked with Jack for many years and found him to be an honest man of integrity. He is survived by his wonderful wife Mary and son Troy, whom I have also enjoyed working with. We will all miss Jack, may he rest in peace. -Ed Mansoor
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Candle lit by Mary Ann Leitz My rock for 59 years. This is not what I planned to be left behind. Heaven is your home and I will get there, God has got this too.I will love you forever and always. Somehoe with the help of family and friends I know I have to do this until the you were the best anyone could have for a soulmate love Mary Ann.
Candle lit by Corey Cook Uncle Jack was a giant man with a giant heart and he will be missed. It’s a privilege to be a part of his family and I’m grateful for the strength of character that he passed along.
Candle lit by Jay Nelson Good blessed us with a wonderful and great man! See you again sometime in the heavens jack! I’ll always remember you and your fun on the Blue Mt. jobs!
Candle lit by Rod I’ve known Jack practically my whole life and swam in his pool as a kid. Who would know he would dig my pools for over 40 years. Jack was a great operator who would tackle any job and solve any problems we encountered by tackling them head on.He was hard working, tough minded and honest and he wouldn’t put up with those that weren’t. If a customer didn’t pay his bill, Jack was likely to go fill that pool back in!We need more contractors like Jack, We need more men like Jack! Hopefully we’ve passed on what we know to the next generation, so far your boy is doing pretty good Jack. I know you were proud of him
Candle lit by Dean Storey
Candle lit by Pat Hansen Jack you were a man of immense integrity and family values. I have so many good memories of the “family” dinner nights and you and I stealing “Otto’s” dogs from each other and the butter dish, oh some of the most disgusted looks you would give me, all in fun, such good happy days. You and MaryAnn made such an awesome team and welcomed all of us into the family. Remember Ryan & Dustin as head chef’s at the cabin for breakfast, how long did we wait for our order ? ! Save me a cube of Grade AA butter Jack, I will be along one of these days. Your friend, Pat
Candle lit by Cindy Matter Jack, I shall miss our chats about cool cars, dump trucks, and, of course, politics! Thank you for your kindness and for always treating me like I had something of value to say and something of value to be heard. This I shall never forget. May your memory live on in the hearts of those who love and miss you today, tomorrow and forever! R.I.P Jack Leitz!
Candle lit by Kerry and Suzanne Leitz Dad, Thank you for always being there. Your were a man of few words but you willingly gave your opinion, advise, and shared your expertise. You were a great role model for work ethic and providing for your family. You were a big man with a big heart. Thank you for helping out when things in life got tough. You were always willing to jump in and help family out. We will always treasure our special memories of family trips, countless weekends at the Cabin, out on Lake Billie Chinook on the boat (no fear from a man who could not swim), eating at the Chicken joint in Culver (you loved a good meal), your sense of humor and your spirit of fun with the Grandkids (the babies had a special spot in your heart). Dad, Grandpa, aka "PeePa" we love you and miss you, Kerry and Suzanne Dad, I love you very much! Your son, Kerry