Jack Surbridge
February 5, 2004

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.

The following obituary appeared in the Sunday, February 8, 2004 edition of the Santa Cruze Centinel.

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 years.

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