Jack L. Poitinger, Jr.

September 17, 1941October 31, 2018
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Jack L. Poitinger, Jr., born to parents Jack L. Poitinger, Sr., and Edna Garcia Poitinger, September 17, 1941, in Brownsville, Texas, died October 31, 2018.

He went to the University of Texas on a football scholarship under Coach Darrell Royal. In 1959 he joined the Marines and served until 1962 at which time he became a police officer for the Deland Police Department.

He moved to Tallahassee in 1967 and served with the FSU Police Department and then as a TPD officer. Jack graduated FSU law school in 1973 and taught in the Criminal Justice Program at TCC until 1976. He joined the Leon County Sheriff's Office in 1977 as Chief of Detectives and Legal Advisor with the rank of Captain under Sheriff Ken Katsaris and led the task force that resulted in the arrest and conviction of Ted Bundy.

In 1981, Jack became an Assistant State Attorney in the 14th Judicial Circuit. He came back to Tallahassee and began prosecuting under Willie Meggs in the 2nd Judicial Circuit until his retirement in 2004.

Jack and his wife, Beth, had a passion for travel and enjoyed friendships all over the world. He is survived by his wife, Beth B. White, daughter Stacey Lynn Poitinger, sister Janet Kauffman, brother James Poitinger.

He was predeceased by sisters, Janie Helmke and Joy Rickert.

The family will receive friends at 2pm on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home – Riggins Road Chapel. The Service will follow at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The American Cancer Society, Triple R Horse Rescue P. O. Box 494 Tallahassee, FL 32302 or the charity of your choice.


  • The American Cancer Society
  • Triple R Horse Rescue


  • Visitation with Reception Saturday, November 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 3, 2018

Jack L. Poitinger, Jr.

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Debbie Griffin-Bruton

November 4, 2018

Jack was a good man and a good friend. He and Beth were a part of some of the most important, special and enjoyable times in my life. He will be missed by me and by so many in the Tallahassee community.

Love, peace and condolences to Beth and his family.


Betsy Howell

November 4, 2018

I was saddened to see the notice about Jack yesterday. I worked with him at the León County Sheriffs office in the late 70’s. He was fun to work with. I also was thought he was a sharp dresser with his three piece suits!
I ran into him a couple of years ago at a talk about the Sims murders. So sorry for your loss.

Rest In Peace Jack.

Linda and Jack Roberts

November 4, 2018

A great friend and outstanding person. His contributions to our family and our community are immeasurable. Beth, the care you gave him showed the depth of your love for each other.
Love you,
Linda and Jack

Philip Stuart

November 3, 2018

So-long Jack. Thanks for your true dedication to the Law and Law Enforcement, your community is grateful. Thanks much for my first opportunity to give testimony to a Grand Jury.

Mike Bradford

November 2, 2018

'Captain-Jack' will be missed by all who knew him. it was a pleasure working with him at the Sheriff's Dept and when he went to the SAO.

very sad news; Rest In Peace

Mike Bradford