Jack Edward Veenstra

April 4, 1961January 7, 2015

Jack Edward Veenstra, age 53, of Santa Clara, CA went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 7, 2015, after a 5-month struggle with leukemia. He was born April 4, 1961, in Grand Rapids, MI, the second of three children born to Maurice and Nell Veenstra. After being valedictorian of his high school class, Jack graduated from Calvin College with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science. He enjoyed teasing his parents and sisters with questions like, “what do you think the probability of.....would be if....” His oncologist wanted him to drop out of college for a term when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease, but he refused and graduated with his class. Always a learner, Jack obtained a MS from University of Illinois, and another MS and PhD from University of Rochester, NY. He enjoyed his career in Silicon Valley as a Senior Software Engineer. Jack was always interested in life, and loved learning. He liked music, singing, chess and other challenging board games. His friends were often entertained by his magic card tricks. He will be greatly missed. Jack is survived by his wife Laura, whom he loved dearly, his dear children, Brianna age 13, Jason age 10; his parents; his sisters, Julie (Timothy) VandenBos, and Linda German; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Scot German. We will celebrate Jack’s life and all that he meant to us with a Memorial Service on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, 728 West Fremont Ave., Sunnyvale, California. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s honor to Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, or to World Renew.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jack Edward Veenstra

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Priscilla Beaujon

January 20, 2016

Today I was thinking about Jack and wondering how he was doing. I haven't seen him in years. I did a quick Google search to find out what he was up to. I was shocked to find this. I'm so sorry. I knew him when he lived in Rochester. We attended the same church. He was a really nice guy and I am so saddened to learn about his passing.

Art Mulder

June 25, 2015

I knew Jack briefly while at Calvin College. He was a big friendly smiling guy - patient with this doofus two years below him who knew so much less than he in our shared major. To me he appeared to be constantly full of energy and ideas.

Years later we had occasion to trade some email on our shared interest in biking, and I came across his hilarious blog about his family:

I was saddened today to read about his passing in the Calvin Spark (Alumni magazine.)

I pray for peace and comfort for his family, and wanted to express my condolences to you.

Dale Bos

June 14, 2015

Jack was a gentle, quick-witted, super smart, prankster, non-complainer in rough circumstances..while dealing with Hodgkin's disease. Super sad to hear of his passing to a better place. Best wishes to his family.
Dale B - suitemate at Calvin C.

Dan Holtrop

January 30, 2015

I am so sorry to hear this! While I haven't seen him in many years, knowing Jack at River Terrace Church, Hannah Middle School and Calvin College was a joy and a privilege. I will always think of him as one of the really nice and good guys. I recall being sad and afraid when Jack was diagnosed with Hodgkins many years ago and being so happy when he went on to many years of good living. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mo, Nell, Julie, Linda, Jack's wife, children and other family members.

Jason Peters

January 24, 2015

On the first day of basketball practice I landed on Jack's large foot and sprained my right ankle. Jack was a junior and a genius; I was a freshman and an idiot. My injury was a joke between us until the usual malignant forces sent us in differing directions and we saw one another no more. Jack was a great guy, even on that excruciating day in the late 1970s. And the news of his death breaks my heart.

Heidi Abele-Ralston

January 18, 2015

Jack was a wonderful father and teacher. We knew Jack as Brianna's and Jason's Dad. Calm, patient, involved. Laura we grieve for you and your loss. Heidi and Chris

Dave L

January 13, 2015

I did not know Jack well but my few interactions were with a man of patience, depth, intelligence, critical thinking, calm, commitment, and loyalty. No doubt he leaves behind many quality friends. So sad for them and his immediate family.

Nancy Gilmore

January 12, 2015

May The Lord be Your Comforter! Sounds like Jack IS A REAL Eternal Blessing for you! Praise the Lord.

John and Tineke Ehrman-Graafland

January 10, 2015

It has been a privilege to have known Jack the many years since he joined the Palo Alto Christian Reformed Church (PACRC). His quiet kindness and humor, plus tenor voice will be missed. the day Jack introduced Laura to the PACRC we all fell in love with Laura, our funny, funny friend. Later to be "introduced" to Brianna and Jason, who stole everyone's heart. Their unconditional love for their Dad was so apparent. We shall all miss Jack, but know that some day our paths will cross again ... the best we can do now is rally around Laura, Brianna and Jason. "JACK, REST IN PEACE'

Dani Smith

January 10, 2015

My heart goes out to Laura, Brianna, and Jason. I am so sorry for your loss. While I did not know him, I know he must have been special to have the three of you in his life.