A funeral Mass and reception is planned for twelve
o'clock noon, Thursday, February 12, at San Augustine Catholic Church, 257
Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley, CA.
appeared in the
8, 2004 edition
of the Santa Cruze
Services will be Thursday for Jack Surbridge who passed away February 5, 2004
at Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital. He was 84.
Jack was a native of Santa Monica, California. As a young man he worked as a
lifeguard for the Del Mar Club in Santa Monica and was one of the early surfers
of "Muscle Beach" in the 1930’s, he used 95 pound redwood boards and developed
into a world class swimmer, qualifying in the freestyle relay event for the
canceled 1940 Olympics. He was a graduate of the Civilian Pilot Training Program
at Santa Monica Junior College in 1937. During World War Two he was an Army Air
Corps flight instructor for basic and advanced flight training at Falcon Field,
Arizona and St. George Utah. Following his military service Jack became a career
airline pilot from 1947 to 1979 a career that began flying propeller aircraft
and ended flying jet aircraft. He flew for Hughes Air West and its predecessors
Pacific Airlines and Southwest Airways.
He was a member of San Agustin Catholic Church. A devout catholic he enjoyed
attending religious retreats and volunteering at St. Clare’s Retreat House. Jack
will be remembered for his strength of character and sense of humor. The
consummate handyman, Jack enjoyed projects large and small, from detailed home
construction to innovative water filtering systems, all with a keen eye for
strength and perfection. He enjoyed reading Zane Gray and Louie L’Amour. As well
as raising and caring for several very lucky German Shepards over the past 25
He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Deanna. He is also survived by
his former wife, Beatrice, mother of his four children: John (Gail) Surbridge of
Santa Cruz; Tom (Mary) Surbridge of Carmel, Joanne Surbridge of Mountain View
and Patricia LaFleur (Alan) of Mountain View. He was Grandpa Jack to Allison and
John Patrick Surbridge; Ann, Molly and Maegan Surbridge; Jacob Toves and Scott
and Renee LaFleur.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at San Agustin Catholic Church
257 Glenwood Dr, Scotts Valley, CA. Thursday, February 12 beginning at 12 Noon.
Arrangements are under the direction of Benito & Azzaro Pacific Gardens
Chapel 1050 Cayuga St, Santa Cruz, Ca. Interment will be in Santa Cruz Memorial
Park, Ocean St, Santa Cruz, Ca.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are preferred to Guide Dogs for the Blind,
P.O. Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912-3950