Jack Nellany MA ’78, a resident of Santa Cruz Passed away peacefully at his beloved home overlooking the northern California coast on Jan. 3, 2012. He had a wonderful life with an abundance of friendships, love and laughter. His wit and warmth touched all who knew him. He saw the best in everything and befriended most everyone he met.
A third generation Santa Barbaran, he was born April 8, 1931. Jack served honorably in the Air Force during the Korean war. He married Pat (Beckom) and enjoyed 57 years together. They settled in San Jose in 1954 and while there, raised a family, earned a college degree (first in his family) and later retired from years of service with the City of San Jose. At age 45 he enrolled at the University of Santa Clara where he obtained a masters degree in family counseling.
Jack had a great love of gardening and treasured his orchid and dahlia flowers to which many prizes from the Santa Cruz orchid and dahlia societies will attest.
He is survived by his wife Pat, sons Paul and Michael, daughter Carol (Thom) Sawicki and six beloved grandchildren: Devin, Janae, Autumn, Ruby, John and Ryan. He is preceded in death by his daughter Kim (Mike) Shields. He will be missed by all who knew him.