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
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).