Jack Richard Packwood

May 19, 1954June 22, 2013

JACK RICHARD PACKWOOD May 19, 1954 - June 22, 2013 Known for his kind heart, sense of humor, and boisterous laugh, Jack Packwood passed away unexpectedly of heart failure on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Riverside, California. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 19, 1954 to the late Jack R. Packwood Sr. and Dorothy E. Packwood. He is survived by his loving family, including his wife Diane; sons Jack (Jeanne) and Sean; and daughter Nicole. He is also survived by his sister, Joy Weatherill (Fred), of Redding, California; his three nieces Kara, Amy, Andrea, and their families. Last, he is survived by his many treasured friends. Jack met Diane, his wife of 35 years, while attending Riverside Poly High School. They were married on July 16, 1977. Jack attended Cal Poly Pomona where he studied Landscape Architecture, and graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a degree in Business. Jack's can-do spirit and self-reliant personality led him to start two businesses before going on to work at Bonnett Pipe & Supply. He then went on to pursue his love of the outdoors and landscape design by partnering to create a third business, Paradise Garden Center, a nursery still serving Riverside. For the last 18 years Jack maintained a successful career as the Southwest Regional Factory Sales Representative for Spears Manufacturing. Jack treasured his wife above all. They loved their trips, including their weekend getaways to Laguna Beach. They enjoyed going out for dinner and a movie, playing cards with friends, spending time with their children, and just relaxing at home doting on their dogs. Jack especially loved to spoil his little beagle, Murphy. Jack loved nothing more than spending time with his children. As his children grew, Jack's greatest pleasure was being involved in their interests and activities. He coached t-ball and soccer, but especially loved coaching softball. He was also involved in Indian Guides, Indian Princesses, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts, as he wanted to share his love of the outdoors with his children. Jack was especially proud of being a scout leader as his sons became Eagle Scouts. Jack embodied the do-it-yourself attitude, always working on a project from his never-ending To-Do list, and unfailingly willing to provide help to others. If he wasn't working on a project, he was working in the yard. One of Jack's foremost passions was mountain biking with his closest friends. He valued the time spent on their frequent rides, biking trips, and Friday breakfasts. Jack's family always knew how much he loved them and how proud he was of them. While his passing leaves his family and friends heartbroken, the only regret shared by all who knew him was that our time together was too short. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 28, at 3:00 p.m. at Acheson and Graham Mortuary, 7944 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside. A celebration of his life will be held immediately thereafter at the family home. Jack will be laid to rest at Olivewood Cemetery. Memorial donations in Jack's name may be made to the American Heart Association or the Riverside Humane Society.


  • Funeral Service Friday, June 28, 2013

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Travis Gibson

August 23, 2013

Packwood family my thoughts to you. We lost my father Damian the other year. Many great memories of jack from cub scouts to boy scouts. Travis Gibson Glendale ca

Greg & Cheri Talbott

June 30, 2013

Diane and family,
My wife and I extend our deepest condolences on your loss. So many of my fondest memories as a Poly Bear center around Jack. I look forward to recounting those great times when we join him in Heaven. He left a lasting positive legacy on those who had the priviledge of knowing him.

Amanda Riley

June 29, 2013

Jack was an amazing coach and a wonderful inspiration. He will be greatly missed as he touched the lives of so many people. He was such an inspiration to me and I will always remember him for that. I am so sorry for your loss.

Amanda Riley (Maneri)

Janette Palma-McDonald

June 29, 2013

There are so many fun and fond memories I have of Jack during our teenage years. Rest in peace, JP. You will be missed.

Kathy McPherson

June 29, 2013

Dear Packwood Family, I was heartbroken to hear of Jacks passing. I knew him through Spears Mfg, he was our sales rep. He was much more than that to me. He was a great sounding board and really helped me with advice on how to deal with business issues . Always looking out to help when he could . I always felt that he was the definition of what being an American was supposed to be . All of his family, friends and business associates were truly blessed to know him. Rest in Peace Jack.

eric uhlig

June 28, 2013

The image that sticks out most about Jack is every summer he would allow all of us kids to have pool parties and swim up movies with bbq's.

Another memory of him is one day all of us kids went over to have a bbq. Jack had grown a glorious mustache. The first thought that Nick and I had when seeing it was ; REGAL!!

June 28, 2013

Dear Diane, Nicole, Sean & Jack,

Heather and I are deeply saddened as well to hear the news about Jack - Sending Love, comfort and prayers for you all - God Bless... and may the good Lord be with you Jack!

Love to you all,
Cliff Paula & Heather (Pooky #12)

Nicole Gonzalez

June 28, 2013

Dear Diane, Nicole, and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Jack. He was such a wonderul person and welcomed me into the Dirt Devil family with open arms. I will always treasure our softball days with fond memories and look back and smile when I think of Jack. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

June 28, 2013

Dear sweet Diane, For today let our loving thoughts wrap around you like a hug. Jack was a wonderful man and friend and will be greatly missed. Love, April

Carol Jackson

June 28, 2013

I will miss our talks you were so special to me.