Jack Homer Gardner, 90, of Springfield, Ore., passed away on Feb. 8, 2021 at home.
Jack was born on May 23, 1930 to parents John and Helen Gardner in Bandon, Ore. He lived in Oregon all his life – Bandon, Sitkum, Fairview, Coquille, Eugene, Springfield and wintered in Yuma, Ariz.
Jack served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Jack married in 1953 to his first wife, Alma Louise Smith, and they had three sons. Jack worked as a cheese maker and logger. He started Northwest Access Co., a road construction business, with his brother, Robert (Mike) Gardner in 1970. They lost Alma in 1987 to cancer.
Jack, lucky in life, found love a few years later with Sandra (Casey) Bates and they married on Feb. 14, 1991. Jack and Casey shared their lives together between Springfield and Yuma for the last 30 years.
Jack was an avid Oregon Duck fan all his life and found his second occupation in retirement, golf. He is survived by his wife, Casey Gardner; his three sons, Courtland Gardner of Lowell, Jeff Gardner of Hillsboro and Johnny Gardner of Eugene; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was someone you wanted to be standing with during difficult times, a leader with a large following.
A celebration of life will be held in Lowell on Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Cascade Health Hospice of Eugene.