Jack Milton Mockler

February 8, 1926May 22, 2018

The depths of sorrow we cannot tell; Of the loss of one we loved so well; And while he lies in peaceful sleep; His_ memory we shall always keep.


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Linda Mayberry

August 26, 2018

Jack was a very special guy. I met him when we both were working at KLON radio station in the 1970's, where his magnificent voice hosted programs on opera, musicals and film music.

Jack was born in Glendale, Arizona but spent his childhood living in many places, including Long Beach, CA. When his step-father was transferred to the Brooklyn Naval Shipyards, Jack went with him.

Joining the U.S. Navy in 1943, he served aboard the USS Pennsylvania and LST 121, winning 4 battle Stars. When his ship was damaged at Iwo Jima, he spent the rest of the war working in the Chaplains Office at Terminal Island.

Other jobs had him working in Washington DC and Seattle, finally settling down in Long Beach for good. In 1982, he became my housemate.

Jack died one week after having surgery to repair a broken hip, that had been caused by undiagnosed cancer.

Jack's only son, Erich Wolfgang Mockler, died in 1988. Erich's mother, Joan Parella, died in 1961.

Jack is and will be missed. We had a very special friendship that I think only the two of us understood.