August 21, 1937 – August 20, 2018
Jack Drummond was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He earned an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and a Master’s Degree from Florida State University with honors courtesy of the US Air Force. Jack's early Air Force career was marked by exceptional service through six tours in Southeast Asia. His decorations include three Silver Stars for gallantry in action, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 18 Air Medals, and over a dozen other awards from the US, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam governments. Lt. Col. Drummond was also inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame in 2017. He flew over 600 combat missions, including 125 night combat missions, evading gunfire and delivering munitions at altitudes as low as 50 feet. Lt. Col. Drummond trained the Royal Lao Air Force T-28 pilots whose mission it was to prevent a communist overrun of Laos. He worked directly with presidents, vice presidents, and secretaries of state and defense. After retirement from the Air Force, Jack served as executive director of the Austin Apartment Association and later the Association of Facility and Maintenance Engineers. He also led the Building Owners and Managers Association of Austin into one of the top BOMA organizations in the US. Jack is survived by children from his second marriage, Greg Head and wife Shannon, and Becky Head-Doss; and daughter from his first marriage, Dedra Lance and husband Kenny; grandchildren Bailey and Cameron Head, Olivia Jinks and husband Coty, Emma and Clayton Doss, Carlene Savard, Alison Lance; great grandchildren Ryder and Brooklyn Jinks, Mikeyla Willis; and brother Clif Drummond and sisters-in-law Fayma and Gale Drummond; and multiple nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Mary Pat's brothers and sisters whom he considered his own. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 33 years Mary Pat Drummond, his mothers Lois Hudson and Llera Drummond, father G.W. Drummond, and brothers Don and Dave Drummond.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the BOMA family and AAFAME Family. He loved you all dearly!
Services will be in the chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N Lamar, in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, August 23rd, at 1:00 p.m. A reception following services will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 6121 N I-35 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
- Funeral Service Thursday, August 23, 2018
- Reception Thursday, August 23, 2018
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August 24, 2018
Got to serve with Jack in the Air Commandos at Hurlburt while I was in the A-26 and AT-28. Was fortunate to be at the Ceremony last year when he was inducted into the Air Commando Hall of Fame. Just 3 days ago while in our local Barnes & Noble Book Store I picked up Warbird Digest Number 79 and it has an article on ET, A-1H 139606. There on page 49 is a picture of Roger Youngblood and Jack Drummond in front of an A-1. Young and smiling they bring back some great memories of SEA. It was a pleasure to serve with you Jack, Any Time Any Place.
August 22, 2018
I got to know Jack over the past year and was honored to play a role in the presentation he & Roger Youngblood gave on the air war in Vietnam. Jack flew the C-130 before attack airplanes and we bonded over this immediately even though our stories were decades apart. He was amazingly generous with his time and his recall of details from the past was astounding. He also wowed me with his mastery of computers, software, etc. What I admired most was that he was a true old-school patriot & warrior. He could easily transition from telling me about hair raising night air strikes to cracking a dry joke with a sly smile. The average citizen doesn't realize how blessed our nation is to have those like Jack who step up and willingly put their lives on the line for a cause greater than themselves. It was a distinct honor to call him my friend and he will be missed. Blue skies & tailwinds Jack!
August 22, 2018
I was lucky to know Jack. He was my link to reality after he stationed me in Cambodia. I think we helped each other through all those conversations, but they always ended with implicit humor, which we expanded to deep and sincere laughter when the opportunities came. A great and wonderful man. The world is a lesser place. Rest in peace, my dear friend.
August 21, 2018
Jack Drummond was one of those rare, exceptional people that you get the pleasure to meet in life. Always friendly, positive and wanting to put others at ease. Our loss is heaven's gain. Jack, you will never be forgotten by the many, many people whose lives you enriched.