John L Owen, Jr.
February 18, 1941 – October 26, 2019
COLUMBIA - John Lamar, “Jack” Owen, age 78, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019.
Jack was a 1960 graduate of Dreher High School and Army veteran. Along with his wife, Gail, he owned and operated Jack Owen Photography in the greater Columbia area for over 40 years. Jack’s gregarious nature made him a master at encouraging and capturing the perfect expressions of his subjects. He was an outstanding photographer because he truly felt the excitement of the occasion.
Jack had a lifelong commitment to the welfare of others including animals and was involved with ASPCA rescue; his love and compassion was a blessing for many in need. He showed equal concern for the elderly, and volunteered to host Movie Night at the Finlay House where he would present the movie of the week for the residents.
Jack was involved in either playing or coaching baseball for most of his life and brought tremendous enthusiasm and encouragement to the field. A loving husband to his wife, Gail, of 44 years, devoted father, grandfather, and friend to all. Jack relished get-togethers and family gatherings where he often became the life of the party.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents, John and Sara Owen and his wife. He is survived by two sons, John L. Owen III (Michele) and Michael S. Owen; and two grandsons, Matthew and Patrick Owen.
A graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ASPCA, 121 Humane Lane, Columbia, SC 29209. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
- Graveside Service Tuesday, November 5, 2019
John L Owen, Jr.
Jocelyn Reitzel Sullivan
November 5, 2019
What a wonderful person who’s life was taken much too soon!
My family has wonderful, happy memories of family get togethers with much spirited conversation around the dinner table.
It is sad to lose one of the good guys!
P.S. Love the pictures you are sharing. They bring a smile to me.
November 3, 2019
Jack was the very best in Columbia with his photos and his subjects and everyone enjoyed his true friendship and love for humanity.
October 31, 2019
Jack was my Mom’s first cousin and photographed our wedding. He and his wife Gail were the kindest, sweetest people and Jack will be greatly missed.
Richard L. Mattox
October 29, 2019
Jack was such a wonderful person to be around, I only knew jack for 6 short months as one of his caregivers, and he’s by far one of my favorite persons in my life. Jack was such a funny and loving character, he said some silly things like “don’t break the bread” and always made my day when he would dance and sing with me. I’m going to miss jack more than anything and still can’t believe he’s no longer with us. Condolences go out to the family of jackaroo and prayers for you all, I’m distraught so I could only imagine what everyone else feels. I love and miss you rooman!!! Rest easy