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Jack Raymond McAllister
01/08/1934 — 05/23/2009
From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Walla Walla, Washington
Jack Raymond McAllister
Longtime Kennewick resident Jack Raymond McAllister died May 23, 2009 after a battle with cancer. Jack was born 01-08-1934 to Rosa Lily and Floyd McAllister in Walla Walla, the second of two sons. After attending most of Walla Walla elementary schools, he graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1952. He was instrumental in leading the WA-HI blue devils to the 1952 Washington state basketball championship. He was an excellent all around athlete and was granted a full sports scholarship to Whitman College. After a devastating ankle injury in basketball practice, he lost his scholarship and had to drop out of college. He married Dorothy Mae Haken on May 31, 1951. Together they raised 5 children. In 1961 they moved from Walla Walla to Pasco, eventually to Richland, then Kennewick. They loved rock-hunting & polishing, raising a large vegetable garden and bowling together. Dorothy died in 2000 after 49 years of marriage. He worked as an office machine repair technician and retired from the Hanford project.
Survivors include his 5 children and their spouses: Jackie and Jon Thornton of Walla Walla, Bob and Kris McAllister of Vancouver, WA, Lynette Layton of W. Richland, Jerry McAllister of Ohio, and Mike McAllister of Kennewick, 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Jack was preceded in death by his mother Rose Short, his brother Forrest McAllister, his wife Dorothy Mae McAllister, and granddaughter Dana Bachle.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-City Chaplaincy House, 2108 W. Entiat Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 1:00pm at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland. Interment will follow the funeral service at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
He will be interred at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland.
I was totally unaware he was ill. Jack and I go back to the early ’60s. We played fast-pitch softball for many years; with Dick Grabner and many others. I played pool with him at the Uptown Tavern–he taught me all the trick shots. We bowled in the same league and we bowled in alot of tournaments together. I thought he was a class act!! I just want you to know that my prayers are with you.
Our love and sympathy to all of Jack’s family. We both attended Wa-Hi with Jack. He was a great athlete.
I met Jack when I was a child back in 1953. My maternal grandmother was Earlie Sanders, sister of Leona Sanders Haken, Dorothy’s mother. We took a trip up to Washington from Missouri to visit Mom’s Aunt “Lulu” Leona. The whole family made us welcome and we had a great time. All of our condolences to the family. The Berry family esp Susan Whiteman Berry Cramer.