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Jack Allen Harrington
04/21/1927 — 09/15/2005
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Chicago, Illinois
Jack Allen Harrington
Jack A. Harrington, 78, of Richland, Washington displayed amazing courage and strength in his final hours before he quietly passed away in his home on Thursday morning, September 15, 2005 while in the care of his loving wife. Jacks departure from this earth resembled the manner in which he lived his life a peaceful man with great inner strength who celebrated life and exhibited more concern for others than for himself. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was born on April 21, 1927 to Loren and Myrtle Harrington in Chicago, Illinois. Following graduation from Hirsch High School in Chicago, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. Upon returning home he met and married his true and lifelong mate Dona Marie on April 19, 1947. Together they gave birth and raised three sons: John William, Thomas Robert and Richard Allen.
Jack celebrated life with a gentle priority focus and perseverance on family, growth and relationships. While being a loving husband and dedicated father, Jack completed college degrees in Electronics from Bogan Junior College and Business Management from the University of Illinois.
His priority focus was not his numerous personal and professional accomplishments, but rather the joy and pride in doing with and for others. He taught his sons, and perhaps many others, by example from his personal interests and projects to his career. He prided himself in being a self-taught man who, like his father, would read books to educate and fulfill his numerous desires. Jack excelled in golf, woodworking, hunting, fishing, environmental preservation and the arts. He treated all he knew, even casual acquaintances, equally regardless of social or economic position. He celebrated life with a wonderful sense of humor, style and appreciation of things great and small.
His professional career included two organizations: Amphenol Aerospace Division and the former Washington Public Power Supply System now Energy Northwest. His distinguished career and leadership positions were Reliability and Quality Control Manager, and Director of Project Quality Assurance, Contract Administration, and Facilities Management. He authored numerous articles such as Fixture Originality, Reliability Tests, and Organizational Management that were published in various national professional magazines and personally recognized in Whos Who Executive Management.
Jack is survived by his wife Dona Marie; sons and daughters-in-law John and Sue, Tom and Cherri, and Richard and Susan; grandson Matthew; granddaughter Kelli McDonald, her husband Sean and son John; step-grandchildren Rachel, Nicole and Angela.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 1:00 PM at Einans Funeral Home, Richland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336.
Jack and I worked together for nearly 8 years at WPPSS. We had many challenging assignments, but Jack was always working to make things better, and he never let his staff or the company down. I am a fortunate man to have had the opportunity to work with Jack.
I HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING JACK FROM THE GOLF COURSE AND WAS ALWAYS IMPRESSED WITH HIS WONDERFUL SMILE AND KIND COMMENTS. GENTLEMEN LIKE JACK ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO REPLACE AND HE WILL BE MISSED. I PERSONALLY GOT TO KNOW DONA AND TOM AND KNOW THEY WILL CARRY ON WITH THE SAME STYLE AND CLASS THAT WAS TYPICAL OF JACK.