Jack Adams

July 18, 1934August 24, 2012
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Jack Adams was born in Charleston, South Carolina July 18, 1934 to Charles B. and Rosa T. Adams. He passed away August 24, 2012 with his family at his bedside. When his family moved from South Carolina, they first settled in Seattle where Jack’s father was a boat builder. They moved from Seattle to Whidbey Island and eventually came to Everett. Jack graduated from Everett High School in 1952 during which time he became an avid swimmer, lettering all three years as well as teaching swimming and lifeguarding at the YMCA. In 1956, he married the love of his life, his “sweetie” as he always called her, Dian. Together they created a very loving home while raising two children. Shortly after their marriage Jack began a career at Weyerhaeuser. He eventually continued his schooling at Everett Community College and the University of Washington where he graduated in 1975 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His career spanned 37 years at Weyerhaeuser until all three mills closed in March 1992. After finally retiring, Jack volunteered at the Northshore Senior Center for nearly 10 years, teaching computer skills to other seniors and repairing and rebuilding their computers. Jack had a unique ability to take things apart, put them back together and have them work perfectly. Throughout his life, Jack had many passionate interests. He loved the great outdoors, which included hiking, boating, camping, tennis, basketball and gardening. Music also defined him. He played piano, improvising many of his favorites, playing duets with his daughter on the flute or his grandson on the guitar. But perhaps the most passionate of Jack’s many interests and talents was his love for cars. He developed a real love for Triumphs and was a member the Tyee Triumph Club for several years where he participated in road rallies, parades, and car shows. In these last days many accolades have been given by family and friends. He was kind, compassionate, intelligent, loving, patient…a teacher and tutor to many fun, curious, known as “happy Jack,” was a “Jack” of all trades and master of many…one of a kind, amazing and special…what a guy! Jack is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dian; son Charlie Adams (Mike); daughter Catherine Lau-Bingham (Gary); grandson, Bryant Lau and his father Allan Lau; brother Robert Adams (Vicki), sisters Josephine Millo Ford (Bernard), Geraldine Millo; brother-in-law Harry Searles; numerous nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends. Rest in Peace Jack, you are much loved and will be greatly missed.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Charlie Adams

September 24, 2012

I miss you Dad.

Charlie Adams

September 23, 2012

Dian Adams

September 23, 2012


You were the best thing that every happened to me.

We lived the American Dream!

We had two wonderful children that we could be proud of.

Our daughter gave us a special grandson, your buddy.

You added onto our East Drive house and made me a beautiful sewing room
And sew I did!

You promised me a Rose Garden and you designed it and planted it for me
and we enjoyed it together.

You played beautiful music on the piano for me.

We traveled the highways and biways.

We had 56 great years together and then it was your turn to leave me.

And now, I'm making you a Memory Garden, you're in my heart forever,
you'll not be forgotten.

Love you,

Your Sweetie

Art & Ruth Allen

September 22, 2012

Some thoughts about our special friend....

Jack had many amazing attributes. He was extremely intelligent, had a witty sense of humor, was self taught to play the piano, loved his family, cared about people, and would gladly give a helping hand. What comes to mind at this writing is his generosity.

We first met Jack and Dian at church. We each had a 6-month-old son - they had Charlie, we had Mark. One Saturday they invited us over to their house for Dian's homemade pizza, and we have been friends ever since. By the way, Charlie and Mark are 55 years old now!

One example of Jack's generosity is when our son, Mark, graduated from high school, we as a family drove to Disneyland. Along the way Art developed a severe blood clot in his leg which landed him in a Los Angeles hospital for 15 days in very serious condition. Jack and Dian insisted that Jack fly down to LA and help Art fly home. As it turned out it wasn't necessary, but Jack was right there to help if we needed him.

Another time, our youngest son Scott was starting his last year of college and both he and Art lost their jobs that summer. Neither of them could find work as the economy was much the same as it is couldn't buy a job. Jack was always a great believer in education, to go as far as you could go. Every college quarter, he and Dian faithfully helped Scott out financially so he could finish out the year and get his music teaching degree.

Everyone who knew Jack knew how much he was into computers. He used them, taught them, collected them, fixed and built them. He thought everyone should have one...NOT ME! I did not want one, but after awhile, with Jack's urging, I started to show a little interest. Here came Jack and Dian with a "Jack Built" computer for me. He not only gave it to me, but set it up, spent many, many hours teaching me how to use it, and kept it in good running condition. Because of Jack, I love my computer! It's like a hobby to me and I would never part with it.

Jack was a patient, generous, and caring man. We are going to miss our great friend immensely.

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