Jack J. Klawans

May 28, 1924July 14, 2020

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Jack J. Klawans, "Happy Jack", of Fairfax VA, passed away peacefully in his sleep. His beloved wife of 57 years, Marlyne, predeceased him in 2006. A native Washingtonian, he was the devoted father of three daughters, Jill Mendelson, Harolyn Small, and Jodi Klawans (Scott Saylor). Beloved brother of the late Elaine Salen, and cherished "Poppi" of Aaron (Shawna) Mendelson, Rachel (Betsy) Philpott, Andrea (Ben) Page, Brett (Liz) Small, Sara and Kelly Clarken. Great grandfather of Jack, Ethan, Owen and Piper. He will be missed by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jack was honored to be part of America's Greatest Generation, serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during WWII.

He took pride as the owner of Jack Klawans Chevrolet for more than 30 years. He will be missed by many of his devoted dealership employees who were like his own family.

Due to Covid 19 Concerns, the funeral will be private. A memorial service will be planned for the future. Memorial Contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society or a charity of your personal choice.


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Kathleen Buschow

July 18, 2020

I remember how much love was in the house when all those Klawan family members gathered at Jodi's, with Happy Jack at the head of the table in the kitchen. You could see how much enjoyment he got out of everyone being together. The only time I saw more enthusiasm from him was when someone started talking cars. Oh boy! He remembered details about so many cars, and was engaged in that conversation for quite awhile; truly excited. I will always appreciate how Jack made me, Jodi's sister-in-law, feel like I belonged to his big, wonderful clan. It meant the world. I will miss that big smile and twinkle in his eyes. RIP Happy Jack. His legacy lives on through so many lovely family members. Hugs to you sisters!

Deb Clarken

July 16, 2020

Jack was a really special man. Always warm and friendly. He loved to talk and was willing to share his wisdom when asked. He LOVED his family and was so proud of them. Though just related through his daughter's marriage, he welcomed me like I was family. I will always remember him fondly.


Glenda Lynch

July 16, 2020

Heaven had gained another angel. Rest In Peace Happy Jack! Your wonderful legacy and grace lives on in your beautiful family. Sending love, hugs and prayers to Jodi and family.
Our deepest sympathy, Glenda, Kevin, Michael and David Lynch

Susan Cockerham White

July 15, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the family during his difficult time. To my college roommate, Jodi, I am here for you always. You were so blessed with a wonderful father... we all loved “Happy Jack!” May God give you all the strength and peace you need during this difficult one!❤️

Carrie Maglich

July 15, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences to the Family for the loss of a great man...Dad, Brother, Son, Husband, Grand and Great Grandfather.... May your fond memories bring you comfort and may the Lord bring him peace.❤️❤️❤️