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Jeffrey G. Jatras

September 13, 1957November 19, 2011

JEFFREY GEORGE JATRAS Jeffrey George Jatras went to be with the Lord on 18 November. He was born Sep. 13, 1957 in Riverhead, Long Island, NY, the second son of George and Stella L. (Katsetos) Jatras, currently of Camp Hill. As a military dependent, Jeff attended school in Bitburg, Germany and Athens, Greece, graduated from Clear Lake High School in Houston, TX and attended the University of Houston. In addition to his parents, Jeff is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Laurie (King) Jatras of Sterling, VA, daughter Jillian Marina (Jatras) and Shawn Shupert of Broken Arrow, OK and their sons Aiden and Jackson; step-daughter Michelle and Chad Johnston of Larchmont, NY and their twin children Avery and Cole; brother James and Kathy Pappas Jatras of Alexandria, VA, their daughters Christina, also of Alexandria and Alexandra and Brian Schmalzbach of Falls Church, VA and their children Stella and Peter. Jeff will also be greatly missed by his uncle August Jatras and aunt Bertha Wood, aunt Besse Grimes and cousin JoEllen Hoffman of Harrisburg; aunt Florence Katsetos of Camp Hill, cousin Victoria Wood and Steven Nadell of Tacoma Park, MD and cousin Maria van der Meij and nephew Ruben van der Meij of Lancaster. Jeff was interested in music and enjoyed playing the flute and the guitar. He was a collector of movie memorabilia and historical documents, including original letters of Abraham Lincoln and Napoleon Bonaparte. He was immensely interested in family history; his baptismal name was Leonidas, after his maternal grandfather Leonidas (Louis) Katsetos, who, as well as his grandmother Marina Katsetos and paternal grandparents August and Coula Jatras, was born in Greece and emigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. Jeff’s career included positions as MIS Director of a Fortune 500 company and founder and CEO of JDI, a computer distribution company in Houston, TX. He was most recently employed at mortgage brokerage firms in Maryland and Virginia . Deeply grateful for the sacrifices of our Armed Forces, Jeff and Laurie participated in the Honor Flight program, escorting World War Two veterans whom the program brings to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War Two Memorial. It was one of his most treasured honors to be able to spend the day with these heroes, hearing first hand their experiences and having the unique ability to thank them personally for their service and contributions to the world and all future generations. Jeff was one of a kind and will be sorely missed by his loved ones, business associates and all of his friends, especially his high school friend, Paul Duffy, who lives in Beaverton, OR. Funeral services will be held 11:30 AM Friday, November 25 in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 1000 Yverdon Drive in Camp Hill. Officiating will be Fr. Mark Lichtenstein. Burial will be in the East Harrisburg Cemetery. The viewing will be held 10:30 AM Friday until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Honor Flight Program at https://mail.svccorp.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=9bb2046b1297429a9f60d3d24302c44a&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.honorflight.org%2fdonate%2fdonation.cfm, the Wounded Warriors Project at https://mail.svccorp.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=9bb2046b1297429a9f60d3d24302c44a&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.WoundedWarriorProject.org or Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

Arrangements under the direction of Neill Funeral Home, Camp Hill, PA.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 25, 2011

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 25, 2011

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Tom Raines

December 12, 2012

My sincere condolences to the Jatras family on Jeff's passing.
Jeff, Paul Duffy and I went to Clear Lake High School together and last night I thought I would try to contact him since we lost touch with each other when he went to U of H and I went to Texas A&M. I was deeply saddened to learn that he passed away more than a year ago. Paul and I lived in the neighborhood of Timber Cove and Jeff lived about a mile away in Clear Lake Forest. Even though Jeff was a year ahead of me in high school we became good friends in 1974. We both liked football at the time and would frequently watch the Houston Oilers with his dad when Dan Pastorini was QB and they would always provide an exciting game. While watching one game, with only enough time for one more play, his dad gave up hope and turned the TV off. Naturally, we found out the next day that the Oilers won. I would occasionally go to rock concerts with him, but he and Paul were the real fans, staking out hotel lobbies and getting autographs of rock stars. He also liked to smuggle his state of the art 8mm camera to secretly take movies (from front row seats, of course) of his favorite performers. I have a fond memory of him being very proud of showing me Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull playing a flute solo and then coming very close to the camera and winking at the camera. We also had a shared interest in the new topic of that day regarding the JFK assassination, since the first national telecast of the Zapruder film was shown on Giraldo's “Good Night America Show” on ABC and had many engrossing discussions.
Naturally, he filmed this program with his camera and then showed it in various classes at CLHS.
I always took it for granted that I would be able to find Jeff and pick up where we left off so many years ago and will regret not doing so.
I was also a military brat and coincidentally lived in Carlisle Barracks, PA as a child, which is just a short drive west from Camp Hill.
I will miss him.

Joe Balls

September 24, 2012

I met Jeff back in '96, he was a good guy & friend. I just heard about his passing & my prayers go out to his family & friends...

February 7, 2012

I miss you, daddy. Love you more than anything and forever. "143"

January 13, 2012

Laurie and Jill, our deepest condolences. patrick and i were so excited to see you guys in Dec in DC but it was not meant to be. we will always miss him. he was a good friend and witty as can be. I'll never forget the time he had us drinking oozo (greek booze)! And the day he took Patrick to concert after I gave birth. he felt patrick needed to get "out a little" after 18 hours in the hospital with me. he found a scalper who sold him great seats for a great price. patrick was amazed! they had a great time. remained friends through the years. Miss you Jeff! Norma and Patrick, Houston Texas

cousin tina

December 6, 2011

i miss you so much my sweet cousin, amd am so thankful to God for allowing me to be a part of your life. - even though it was only for a little while, i will treasure it always. love, your cousin tina

scott rowe

November 30, 2011

Hi, my name is Scott Rowe, I'm THE one that brought Micheal Bruce
into Jeff's Life back in 1997, he paid for Micheal's plane ticket back in
Feb 1997 for my Alice cooper tribute show that I do. Before I played with
micheal back in arizonia a few years before I moved to houston, texas.
A friend of mine knew Jeff and told me he was a huge Alice Cooper fan
and he would help me bring him to houston for a show. jeff became
a good friend of mine. I now live in Las Vegas, and i just a reunion with the same band that played with Micheal Bruce here in Vegas that
played back in houston of 1997, that started the reunions of the Alice cooper band. My deepest thoughts and feelings go out to Jeff. I will miss him. I'll never forget all the times we spent together.
-------------Scott Rowe, THE ALICE COOPER TRIBUTE SHOW 2011.

November 30, 2011

Hi, my name is Scott Rowe, I'm THE one that brought Micheal Bruce
into Jeff's Life back in 1997, he paid for Micheal's plane ticket back in
Feb 1997 for my Alice cooper tribute show that I do. Before I played with
micheal back in arizonia a few years before I moved to houston, texas.
A friend of mine knew Jeff and told me he was a huge Alice Cooper fan
and he would help me bring him to houston for a show. jeff became
a good friend of mine. I now live in Las Vegas, and i just a reunion with the same band that played with Micheal Bruce here in Vegas that
played back in houston of 1997, that started the reunions of the Alice cooper band. My deepest thoughts and feelings go out to Jeff. I will miss him. I'll never forget all the times we spent together.
-------------Scott Rowe, THE ALICE COOPER TRIBUTE SHOW 2011.

Troy Powell

November 30, 2011

This guy was the sole reason I became a rock star..HE made it happen when he managed The Michael Bruce Group, in which I was the drummer...Michael was and IS the original guitarist/songwriter for the original Alice Cooper band...Jeff Jatras is THE reason I am where I'm at today.....This is a TOTAL shock to me....I'm speechless.......Troy Powell-DRUMS/ The Michael Bruce Group 1997-1999

Daniel Best

November 29, 2011

I also didn't know Jeff that well, but had several discussions with him, on-line, over the past few years over a wide variety of topics, from original comic book art to music and more. I always found him to be a passionate man, fair and firm, and someone who I enjoyed speaking with, even through the medium of email. His loss will be felt by many, including myself, as Jeff had the innate ability to reach out to a diverse range of people, the majority of whom would never meet him, and instantly become their friends. My sincerest condolences for your loss Laurie, and to all of Jeff's family and friends.

Frank DUrso

November 29, 2011

I met Jeff when he came up to Massachusetts and we (friends and fans of comic book artist Gene Colan) held a dinner. Gene sat directly between Jeff and myself, it was quite the honor. We had a great time talking all evening. Sadly, now only a few years later, Gene, his wife Adrienne and now Jeff have passed. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends and everyone. Frank D'Urso, Hopkinton MA
PS - that hat was CLASSIC, the photo brought a tear to my eye

FROM THE FAMILY