OBITUARY

William Jack White

April 27, 1944June 8, 2021
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William Jack White, age 77, of Las Vegas, a retired Divisions Claims Manager for the California State Automobile Association, died on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in Henderson, Nevada. Born April 27, 1944 in Alameda, California, he lived in Las Vegas for the past ten years. He was preceded in death by his brother: Robert Allen White, Jr. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Kathleen Theresa Vargas-White; sons: William Frank White and Michael Robert (Kristina) White; daughters: Kaitlyn Marie White-Jenkins and Abigail Sophia White; sister: Lynne Cane and brother: Gary Hancock (Diane) White. Funeral mass will be held 10am on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 2300 Sunridge Heights Parkway, Henderson, NV. Family will receive friends from 5-8pm on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at Palm Southwest Mortuary, 7979 W. Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas. Entombment, Palm Valley View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lou Rovo Memory Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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Gail Monge

June 22, 2021

I first met Bill in 1975, although Rick had known Bill & Kathy for many years. The four of us did so many things together and our family was included in so many of their family get togethers. We visited Bill & Kathy often in Reno and they would always show us around their town. We would attend Hot August Nights events as well as Street Vibrations and when we rode our motorcycles to Virginia City they sometimes would drive there and spend the time with us. We saw hot air balloon races with them and so many concerts. Bill & Kathy were always the ultimate hosts. Before they even moved to Las Vegas, we would attend NASCAR races with them there. We would visit them on trips to Las Vegas and in turn they would make “potty stops” at our house when they were in the area.

We will miss you so very much Bill. Rest In Peace.

Love, Gail & Rick

Rocky Humphreys

June 21, 2021

I didn't know Bill well..but worked with his wife Kathy in Reno NV. Rest in peace, Bill... Know you are in a better place and out of any pain!

Joey Daryanani

June 16, 2021

I had the opportunity to work with Bill early on in my career. He was pragmatic, personable and was very well respected as a leader of the organization. I was also lucky enough to have spent time with him outside of work. Again, a great father and role model for all of us. Rest in peace Bill and thanks for everything.

Richard Riedy

June 14, 2021

Bill was my boss and mentor at AAA for many years. He was unquestionably the best leader of people I ever had in 31 years of service. My condolences to the family and I cherish Bill's memory. With Bill's help my wife, four children, and I would of never had such a plentiful life.

Gary Barbano

June 12, 2021

To the Family of Billy Jack White I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is broken with the loss of Billy Jack. He was my Dad's long time friend and my friend too. He helped me with my AAA auto accident and also got me a job with CSAA during the mid 1990s. Since learning of his death racing memories are constantly running through my mind of the last few years we the Barbano family saw Him and his Beloved wife Kathy visiting us here in San Leandro or us Mom and I visiting them in Las Vegas. I loved him dearly more than a friend. It upsets me to know he is no longer here with all of us. I can't believe he died not reaching his 80s. Again to the Family I am so sorry for your loss. I miss him dearly just to see him one more time. Today Kathy called and she heard me crying over the phone and told me Billy Jack loved me dearly. To hear her words affirms I knew Billy Jack and I had something more than friendship because it meant so much to me to hear her words. I wish I could attend the services but Mom and I are too far away. My last photo of all of us together was September 18 2019 in Las Vegas. Why does the time have to fly so fast. I will always miss him in my heart and soul and spirit. I Love You Billy Jack and Family. Your loyal Friend and extended family Gary Alan Barbano and Maureen Barbano. OXOXOX

Biography

William Jack White (Bill) left us to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at St. Rose Siena (Dignity Health) Campus in Las Vegas, Nevada. His wife, Kathleen and his two sons, William and Michael were at his bedside.

Bill was born at Mrs. Tennet’s Maternity Home in Alameda, California on Thursday, April 27, 1944 and was the fourth child for Robert Allen White and LaVerda Fern Hancock-White.

Bill’s first home was 2580 Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland, CA. Waiting for his arrival were his two brothers, Robert Jr. and Gary, and his sister, Lynne. The home was built for his maternal grandmother by his maternal grandfather in the early 1900’s. The home was the central meeting place on all holidays and sometimes just on Sundays for the entire Hancock/White families. One of the many stories told around the large dining room table included their ancestor, John Hancock.

As a young child, Bill loved to take his large selection of cars and build roads outside, playing for hours. As a young boy, he was eventually allowed to play baseball with his father and brothers in the backyard. In elementary school, he was a Boy Scout, and his father was the Scout Master.

In the late 1950s, Robert, Fern, and Bill moved to San Leandro and purchased a house at 986 Carrillo Way. Again, a happy busy home with many family gatherings ensued.

Bill attended Pacific High School in San Leandro and was a member of the first graduating class in 1962. He played tackle on the Varsity football team, and he enjoyed telling stories about he and his friend Mike Haug taking down the opposing team members. His favorite teacher was Mr. Anderson who taught his favorite class, Business Office Machines.

His group of friends in High School included Mike Haug, Len Konecny, Rick Monge, Dick Gonzales, and Harry Gualco, as well as many football teammates. A family friend, Richard Barbano became one of Bill’s closest friends as well.

Bill met his future wife, Kathleen Theresa Vargas, at Pacific High in typing class. Their teacher believed in placing students in alphabetical order, so he sat directly behind Kathy. Kathy achieved an “A” in this class, Bill was happy with a “C.” He was too busy flirting.

William and Kathleen were married on Sunday, April 25, 1965, at St. Felicitas Catholic Church in San Leandro, California. They have two sons, William Frank and Michael Robert; and two granddaughters, Kaitlyn Marie White-Jenkins, and Abigail Sophia White.

Bill’s first job was working at the A&W Drive-In Restaurant in Castro Valley. He soon became the manager/cook and then managed the restaurant in Hayward as well.

Bill worked for the California State Auto Association (AAA) and retired as their Division Claims Manager in charge of seven offices. Some of his closest friends at AAA were Gary Allred, Doug Gow, and many others at each of the offices he was assigned to over his 31 years with the company.

In 1992, Bill was transferred to the Nevada-Eastern California Division. He became a parishioner at St. Alberts Catholic Church in Reno, Nevada and was baptized by his friend Pastor Robert Simpson. Bill became a member of the Church Choir and was very involved in this ministry. He had many friends in Reno through this association.

Bill’s interests and hobbies were varied from painting, collecting Danbury Mint cars, carousel horses, riding his motorcycle, and attending his son’s sporting events. He enjoyed running races on the weekends and participated in many “Bay to Breakers” events over the years. He also enjoyed playing golf in AAA events with his son William and his friends.

Bill was a CYO Basketball Coach at St. Felicitas in San Leandro, and he was a member of St. Francis of Assisi in Las Vegas, NV for the past nine years.

His favorite places to vacation were Foresthill, CA, and Lake Tahoe. He and Kathleen were able to take trips to London and Paris, a Mediterranean cruise where they went to the Vatican, Washington, DC (to see his home – The “White House”), New York, and Philadelphia. He was able to visit these places with the expert assistance of his son, William who is a Captain for American Airlines. Bill also went to Nashville twice when his son Michael was competing in singing competitions there. It was during one of these trips that Bill and his family were able to make the short drive to Memphis to visit Graceland.

After his retirement, Bill had many back surgeries, which was later followed by Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Bill is survived by his wife, Kathleen; his two sons, William and Michael; his granddaughters Kaitlyn and Abigail; his sister, Lynne; and his brother, Gary.