In Memory

John W 'Jack' McNevin - Class Of 1942

John W 'Jack' McNevin

John 'Jack' McNevin passed away January 20, 2016 at the age of 92. He was born August 23, 1923 in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. As a young man, he attended South Pasadena High School and graduated as an All-League 2nd Baseman in 1942. While attending Pasadena Junior College, Jack enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

During World War II, he was with the 15th Air Force based in Italy. As a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator, Jack participated in 34 missions over central Europe; he was lead bombardier on 24 of those missions. He earned the Distinguished Flyer Cross, the Presidential Unit Citation, as well as other medals while serving our country.

After the war, Jack began his 55-year career in the office supplies industry selling to school districts in Southern California. Along the way he met his wife of 58 years, Dee who was a school teacher. They settled in Fullerton and raised three sons. In 2001 Jack finally retired from Office Depot as Vice President of Education Sales. During retirement he enjoyed playing golf and tennis, gardening, watching Angels baseball, and watching his grandchildren grow into young adults. He especially loved spending weekends in San Clemente with friends and family.

Jack had a long and blessed life and lived the American dream to the fullest. He is survived by his wife Dee; sister Margaret (SPHS '43) in Pasadena; sons George, John, and Tom; and four grandchildren.

Orange County Register, January 28, 2016