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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.

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After 24 years of being in Jacks life, I can honestly say, he was a significant influence on making me the man I am today. From what it meant to be a husband and father to home and auto repair. I owe him a lot and will always be proud to call him my Father-in-law and, more importantly, my friend. I will cherish all the times we spent together alone in the garage just "shooting the breeze." You were one of a kind Jack, and I will miss you, my friend.

I am a friend of Kristen’s and met her as a child while we lived in Citrus Heights.  I always remember Jack as being a great father to Kristen and that she looked up to him.  He was always very kind and welcoming with his big smile.  I know he will be missed by many!  May the Lords peace be with your family during this time.  
Sincerely, Shelley Johnson Jones

Jack was the watchdog of our softball field on weekends. I will miss his wit and his smile. I will also miss the occasional adult beverage we would solve the world problems over. Jack was a friend and will be missed!

Jack was a wonderful husband, and an amazing father to my best friend, Kristen, and her sister Karen.  Jack was a very generous man.  When my husband and I were married 26 years ago, we needed a bar to serve drinks at the reception hall.  He not only jumped to the opportunity to share his beautiful homemade oak bar for our wedding, but he helped carry this large and heavy bar up a very steep flight of stairs to make sure our reception was wonderful.  He would be known to share a good vintage wine or beverage with myself and my husband.  He was very generous letting me and Kristen take out his beloved bright yellow Chevy truck on our whims to go “cruising.” He also taught his girls the love of sports.  Jack, you will always be in my heart and memory.  May you forever Rest In Peace.

Our family has lost a good man. He will always be remembered as a man who loved his wife and children. They always came first. Our memory of him will always bring a smile a smile to our faces. 

I am proud to say I am his cousin in law. He was a treasure to our family. I’m so glad we were able to spend time with all of you in San Diego. Love to Diane, Kristen, Jaren and your families. Melinda Gill Stewart

Uncle Jack was always there with a story about his and Diane’s most recent, amazing vacation, how to make a homemade keg tap or how he got his roses to bloom just so. Quick wit and a smile that always had us laughing. He was the epitome of good husband, good father, good uncle, good friend. His influence on our family is beyond description. We will miss him so. Our sympathies to Diane and the girls (and sons) and his grandchildren, of course. Love you, Jack. 

Whether it was a favorite story that ended with a grin, enjoying a glass of wine, dinners, or the many trips we all took together - Jack had a way of putting his own unique spin on the occasion. The experiences we had traveling were so much fun. We were very lucky to share so many good memories over the last 50+ years with Jack and his wife, Diane. DD, Kristen and Karen, our hearts are with you. Jack is going to be missed very much by these two old friends.

Kristen and I met in highschool. She is one of my best and dearest friends. I want to express my deepest condolences to her and her family. Jack was a great dad to Kristen and Karen and wonderful husband to Diane. I remember his kindness whenever I came over to visit. I especially remember how pretty their backyard was on Vista Creek. Very talented gardener. He had so many skills and new how to enjoy life. He will be dearly missed.