Jack M. Pakulak Jr. passed away May 9th of 2017 at Powell Place Assisted Living in Payson Arizona. He was 87 years old.

Born in Portland Oregon (1929), Jack graduated from Linfield College (1952) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He began a career at China Lake Naval Air Station in 1951, but was drafted into the Army for the Korean War. After his military service, Jack enrolled at Oregon State University, where he met his wife Mary (Schubert) Pakulak. They were married in 1955.

Jack and Mary moved back to Ridgecrest California in 1957, where he worked for the government at China Lake as a research chemist. He patented multiple inventions on cook-off detonations, ordinances, and propellants, and was an investigative specialist for the 1973 Roseville Train Yard Explosion Incident that earned him, as well as Dr. William S. McEwan, Dr. Taylor Joyner, and Howard C. Shafer, the Technical Director’s Award. Jack also wrote numerous articles, and received several awards for his work that included the Fellow Award in 1995. Both Jack and Mary had exceptional careers as chemists for the government and raised their family in Navy Base housing and later in Ridgecrest at their home on Autumn Way.

In 2004, after 50.5 years of service to the Army and Department of Defense, Jack joined his wife in retirement. They enjoyed visiting family, relaxing at home, and sharing memories of their time in the desert with longtime friends at the All Faith Chapel. Jack continued working at N.A.W.S. as an advisor and teaching Chemistry at Cerro Coso Community College until 2005. Jack stayed with family in Mission Viejo when Mary fell ill in 2008. Jack returned to Ridgecrest in 2011 after her passing in 2010. Jack then moved to Powell Place in July of 2016 after dealing with dementia for some time.

Jack is survived by his six children and their spouses; John & Michelle Pakulak, Stella & Louis Renner, James & Cheryl Pakulak, Joe & Jeanette Pakulak, Theresa and Aaron Baxter, and Anne & Demian VonderKuhlen, his brother Robert Pakulak, Robert’s wife Sally Pakulak and Jack’s nephew, Dr. Eric Pakulak; Sister-in-Law Maria Schubert and Jack’s nieces; Isabel Williams, Sr. Marian Schubert, Mercy Pedraza, and Anita Ferreira. Ten Grandchildren with spouses; Amy & Chip Fowler, David Renner, Melissa & Brendan Cotter, Nick Pakulak, Janae & Miguel Salas, Rick & Katie Schain, Nathan Baxter, Demian Thomas VonderKuhlen, Anneka VonderKuhlen, and Dashiell VonderKuhlen and Jack’s four Great Grandchildren; Amelia Fowler, Ethan Lopez (Renner), Ryanne Cotter, and Adilynn Salas.

Jack will be dearly missed by his family and friends. We all enjoyed his quick wit and wry humor, but most of all, we’ll remember his kind heart and the love he shared with each of us.

A viewing will be held at Holland and Lyons Mortuary Friday, June 2nd, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 pm followed by a Rosary. The Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the All Faith Chapel on Base followed by a gathering in the East Wing. Burial will take place afterwards at Desert Memorial Park Cemetery in Ridgecrest, CA.