Jack D. Northcott
Flight Ops - Captain
 Nov 19, 2011

 

 

YAKIMA - Jack Dean Northcott, 82, of Yakima, passed away Saturday, November 19th, 2011.

Jack was born in Yakima on March 31, 1930 to Donald R. and Priscilla D. Northcott. He attended school in Yakima until his sophomore year. At that time his father went to work for the Naches Forest Service and Jack went to Naches High School, graduating in 1948. Jack then attended Washington State College and worked four summers as a forest service guard. Though he didn't graduate from college he had enough credits to be accepted by the Naval Aviation Cadet Program. He won his "Wings of Gold" in 1952. He spent 5 years flying many types of airplanes, ending his Navy career instructing in the P5M2 Seaplanes. He then went to work for West Coast Airlines in 1957, and he married the love of his life Marilyn M. Siems. He flew 25 years with the airlines, totaling a little over 28,000 Navy and airline hours. West Coast Airlines merged with Bonanza and Pacific, becoming Hughes Airwest. Later, Republic bought Hughes Airwest, and then Northwest bought Republic. Jack retired from Northwest Airlines.

He loved animals, especially dogs and horses. He and Marilyn raised appaloosas and buckskins. At one time they had a matched pair of buckskins that frequently won them first place and blue ribbons whenever ridden in parades.

Jack placed his faith in Christ, trusting in His death on his behalf, that he might have eternal life. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Northcott; daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Steven Dyk; granddaughter Carrie Cavanaugh, her husband Mike, and son Job; grandson Dave Dyk, his wife Heidi, and children Jonah and Esther; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sandra Northcott; their sons Mark and Justin Northcott; and their respective families.

There will be a viewing available on Monday, November 28, from 4-8 p.m. at Keith & Keith Funeral Home. A memorial service will be conducted in the Naches Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Pegasus Project. These can be made online at: http://www.pegasusrides.com/, or mailed to: 5808 A Summitview Ave. #324; Yakima, WA 98908 (Phone: 509-965-6990).