Jack Clarence Danner

June 13, 1926July 21, 2018
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Jack Clarence Danner, 92, surrounded by family, went home to be with our Lord and was reunited with the Love of his Life, Joan, Saturday July 21st, 2018 in OKC. Jack was born in Wilson, OK to John and Blanche Danner on June 13th, 1926.

Jack attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, OK and graduated in May, 1943. He joined the United States Navy in May, 1944. Jack served on Guam as a Seabee, First Class. Jack was involved with building what was then the longest aircraft runway in the world to land the B-29 Superfortress.

Jack attended Stanford University while serving in the United States Navy from September, 1945 to June, 1946 until he was honorably discharged. He enrolled at Oklahoma A&M in September, 1946 and attended there until January, 1950 at which time he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. During his time at Oklahoma A&M, Jack met his beautiful bride, Joan of 67 years, on a blind date and they were married in June, 1950.

In 1950, Jack began a one-year employment with National Geophysical Company of Dallas, TX as a profile computer, and then as a seismic instrument operator in charge of a field team. Jack and Joan doodlebugged all over the Midwest.

From 1951 to 1955, Jack was employed by the Tulsa District Corps of Engineers. His work included complete electrical design for military base projects such as aircraft support facilities, ordinance depots, medical clinics, and academic buildings.

From 1955 to 1961, Jack was employed by L. B. Perkins Company, which was an electrical engineering consulting firm. There he designed airfield lighting systems, aircraft hangars, hospitals, industrial structures, and diversified projects on military bases.

After the death of Mr. Perkins in 1961, the firm of Herring & Danner was formed by Gene Herring and Jack Danner to maintain operation of the company. Jack was responsible for numerous electrical design projects including schools, banks, libraries and churches. With his extensive experience in electrical design of airfield lighting and lighting control systems, Jack and company pioneered computerized airfield lighting systems that are used in todays airports. Herring and Danner remained in operation through 1991 when they merged to form Zumwalt, Ragsdale, Herring & Danner, or ZRHD. Jack retired in 1996.

Jack Danner was truly an amazing man and had many interests and hobbies. A loving husband, father and grandpa. He could do anything. From building and animating computerized robots to growing the perfect clematis bloom. No task was too great for Jack. His was a man of great wisdom and intellect. He was compassionate, down to earth, respected, and loved by all who knew him.

Jack was a Sunday School teacher and an ordained Deacon for many years. He and Joan were members of Putnam City Baptist Church in OKC where they attended the Faithful Believers Sunday School class and were involved in the Pioneers Senior Ministry.

Jack is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Joan, and his oldest son David of Franklin, TN.

Jack is survived by sons, Clarke Danner and wife, Doreen of Fort Worth, TX; Dr. Russell Danner and wife, Melinda of OKC; Dr. Jeffrey Danner and wife, Ashley of OKC; daughter in-law, Judy Danner of Franklin, TN; 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.


  • John Danner, Father
  • Blanche Danner, Mother
  • Joan Danner, Wife
  • David Danner, Son
  • Clarke Danner, Son
  • Doreen Danner, Daughter-in-law
  • Dr. Russell Danner, Son
  • Melinda Danner, Daughter-in-law
  • Dr. Jeffrey Danner, Son
  • Ashley Danner, Daughter-in-law
  • Judy Danner, Daughter-in-law
  • Jack also leaves 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren to cherish his memory.

  • Alex Danner
  • Brayden Danner
  • Dawson Danner
  • Holly Danner
  • Mike Conaughty
  • Eddie Hartwick
  • Bill Hooper
  • Mark Johnston
  • Tracy McIntire
  • Chris Danner, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Doyle Buschman, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, July 27, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, July 27, 2018

Jack Clarence Danner

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Mark Myers

July 26, 2018

Jack was a kind and good man, and was a blessing to us all. The world is a better place because he was here.

Calvin & Linda Bryant

July 25, 2018

Mr Jack was a good husband, dad, granddad, friend, deacon, and church member. We will remember "the Mingo Valley kid",i.e. Jack and Cal were both raised in north Tulsa near Mingo/Turley and reminded each other of fishing/hunting near Bird Creek. We remember his egg layer games with bells, which he hand crafted, for the kids at church. We will miss him. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Calvin and Linda Bryant(pcbc)


G Pa with granddaughter Denise - June 2017


Grandpa and Diane


Grandpa with Grayson and Jackson


With some of the grandkids Nov. 2017