It’s with a heavy heart that the family of Jack Theobald announces his passing on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. He was 87 years old. Born in Binghamton NY, Nov. 19, 1929, he cherished and enjoyed his life to the fullest.
Jack served proudly in the Air Force during Korean Conflict. Honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star. After the Air Force he worked a lengthy career with Wilson Trucking, eventually escalating to Terminal Manager of their facility in Newport News, VA.
Jack will always be lovingly remembered by his family: wife, Diane of Mammoth; daughter, Barbara of Mowery, AZ; son, Joseph of Civita, MA; as well as his many, many friends from around the country from Spokane, WA to New York and Massachusetts.
Jack was a quiet, gentle man, who never boasted or bragged about his many accomplishments. He is fondly remembered for when he drove race cars. He drove them on dirt tracks for 26 years. When he started racing, there were no seat belt requirements, so on his own initiative he tied himself into the driver’s seat with clothesline rope and actually won the checkered flag. This was his first of many wins from Spokane, Washington to Five Mile Point track in New York. Where to this day he is remembered. Even though he stopped racing he kept in touch with friends and colleagues in the racing industry and was a rabid NASCAR fan to the end.
Jack also enjoyed riding a Harley Davidson touring motorcycle. Dedicated and one of four men that founded the Intl. N. E. Harley Davidson Dresser and Touring Assoc. The club is still active today and celebrating its 40th successful year. It has enjoyed membership at over 1,400 riders, extending throughout the USA, France and Australia. The Club was not threatened by a woman rider, which was to my benefit since that is how Jack and I met!
Jack and Diane were married for 26 wonderful years, during which they had many adventures! They spent 10 years as approved H.O. G. Vendors attending Harley Owners Group rallies from coast to coast living in their motorhome, giving them the opportunity to visit and ride with their son Joe.
They settled in Mammoth in January 2004, into a home needing some TLC. They did everything together. “Jack was my life,” Diane said, “my inspiration, the wind beneath my wings, I miss him more than words can ever express.”
There will be a memorial service for him Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Mammoth Community Center on 5th St. from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.