Former Source Water Specialist
Jack graduated from Oregon State University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Prior to his senior year, he married Jeanie in 1969. He began his career in water / wastewater engineering and contract construction with the City of Salem Utilities Department, designing, specifying, inspecting and administering city construction contracts improving waterlines, sewer lines, and pump stations. His fascination with construction and equipment drew him to join a pipeline construction contractor as engineer / estimator where many water and wastewater projects including river crossings, a river and an ocean outfall, as well as residential improvements were completed for cities in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
In 1976, Jack joined the Boatwright Engineering firm in Salem, where for fourteen years he designed and administered construction contracts under the Farmer’s Home Administration loan and grant programs for water and wastewater improvements for rural community systems and small cities in Oregon. These projects included packaged water treatment plants, standpipe reservoirs, pumping stations, and STEP system lagoon treatment facilities. During this time, Jack and Jeanie cared for foster children, had two boys of their own, and adopted two girls from South America.
With children leaving the nest there was room for more. So in 1990 they adopted three Oregon children, two girls and a boy. Jack returned to municipal contract construction by joining a heavy underground construction company specializing in large diameter pipe installation and deep trench excavations. Projects completed included sewer improvement districts, interceptor lines, water transmission mains, and a river outfall in various Oregon cities.
In 2001, Jack joined the firm of David Evans and Assoc. in Salem to assist their construction project manager with the documentation required on federal and state funded bridge construction projects. Projects included bridges for Tri-Met, ODOT and several Oregon counties. As with previous career changes, another addition was made to their family by adopting their 2-1/2 year old granddaughter, Christina.
Now as Jack and Jeanie enjoy their growing family, i.e. six grandkids, Jack is looking forward to being involved with the great staff at Oregon Association of Water Utilities since the 1st of April 2009. He is also looking forward to the working relationships with the folks in the rural water system communities that he enjoyed so much in his early career days.
He and his family enjoy beach reunions, camping and hiking. He also likes to get the grandkids on downhill snow skis in the winter and in the summer work on home building projects.
Jack retired from OAWU, December 2015, and says he is busier now than when he was working. So it goes.