Jack A LaBrue
June 4, 1943 - July 6, 2019
Jack A. LaBrue
On Saturday, July 6, 2019, surrounded by family, Jack Arthur LaBrue, age 76, passed away at the Salem Hospital after suffering a heart attack doing what he loved best, working in his garden.
Jack was born June 4, 1943 in Fresno, CA. He was the son of John L. and Zepha R. Frankum LaBrue. He was a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School and attended Fresno City College until he joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1962. After serving four years, he was honorably discharged in 1966. While stationed at Point Mugu Naval Air Station he met his future wife, Diane Louise Metcalf.
Jack and Diane were married on April 1, 1967 at Santa Clara Catholic Church in Oxnard, CA. Not long after that Jack went to work for Interstate Electronics Corporation as a Field Service Technician on Polaris submarines at shipyards around the country. While working at the Mare Island shipyard he lived in Napa and attended Napa College where he received an Associate Degree in Viticulture.
In 1975 Jack went to work for the State of California in Sacramento at the Air Resources Board, now known as the CalEPA. During his 30 years with CalEPA he traveled all over the state doing environmental testing for air quality standards. During this time, he and Diane lived in Citrus Heights and Roseville where they raised their two daughters. In 2004 he retired from CalEPA, and two years later, he and Diane made Salem, OR their home.
Jack was quite the gardener and loved taking on home repairs and improvements. When he wasn’t working in his yard, you could find him in his favorite recliner watching a baseball or hockey game. A favorite Sunday afternoon activity was packing a picnic lunch and driving out to a local winery. His most enjoyable pastime though was travel. He and Diane traveled to various parts of the world and enjoyed several cruises.
Jack is survived by his wife; two daughters, Kristen Jason Sowell, Salem, OR, and Karen A.J. Bennett, West Sacramento, CA; three grandchildren, Connor Sowell, Natalie Sowell, and Jake Bennett; sister Johnette LaBrue Moore, Lewiston, ID; brother Terry LaBrue Linda, Sammamish, WA; as well as his extended family of sisters-in-law Kathy Don Guentner and Marlene Paul Larkin, both of Roseburg, OR; and brother-in-law Mike Marianne Metcalf, of Paso Robles, CA, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a wake in his memory at a later date.