Jack Jacobi Coe, Sr. died June 3, 2012, with his children by his side. He was 88.
Jack lived in Camarillo. He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Robinson Coe, and by a son Cary Carson Coe.
He is survived by his children, Jack Jr., Holly, and Jonathan, “by his brother Robert”; by seven grandchildren and by three great-grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, a dedicated father, a superlative uncle and a proud grandfather. His faith in God was evident throughout his life.
Jack was born on Jan. 31, 1924 in San Francisco, Ca to Harry and Ruth Coe. He attended Visalia Union High School in Visalia, CA and graduated in 1942. He excelled in track in the quarter mile run and showed aptitude in math and science. In 1945, Jack earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, where he lettered in track.
During World War II, Jack served in the U.S. Navy as an ensign with the Seabees. He spent time in Japan and China as a personnel officer, and would later achieve the rank of Commander in the Naval Reserve Civil Engineering Corps. He retired with that rank in 1984.
Jack first met Marilyn Robinson, his wife of 60 years, in 1948. The occasion was a dance at Stanford University, where he was pursuing his M.S. and she was earning her BA. After graduation, they married and settled in La Puente, CA. That same year, Jack, a Registered Civil Engineer, took a job with the California Department of Water Resources. He would later become Chief of the Department’s Southern District, a post e held until his retirement from the State in 1985.
Throughout his career, Jack enjoyed academic pursuits. While distinguishing himself in a full-time career with the state, he was also able to earn a Ph.D. from USC. His love of the classroom was reflected also in the adjunct teaching positions he held at the engineering departments of Cal Poly Pomona and USC. Jack also served his profession through its principal organization, the American Society of Civil Engineers, in which he held many offices throughout the years. After retiring from the Department of Water Resources, he excelled in a second career as a Consulting Engineer at Boyle Engineering in Newport Beach, California. He retired from Boyle in 2003.
Jack loved to travel and visited dozens of countries during his 88 years. He also loved dining out and was warmly greeted in the many restaurants he frequented in Ventura County. An avid Dodgers’ and Lakers’ fan, Jack also rooted for Oklahoma and Stanford in football, basketball and track.
Jack’s deep love for his four children was evident in countless ways, including the annual family vacations he organized. For them, he is at the center of hundreds of pleasant memories, including many involving the myriad ways in which he paid tribute to their mother. Jack and Marilyn had a love affair that continues still.
A memorial service for Jack is planned for late summer in Colville, near Jack and Marilyn’s summer home.
Jack Jr., Holly and Jonathan wish to thank all those who enriched Jack Sr.’s life in recent years through friendship and neighborliness. His children remain deeply grateful also for the skillful and loving care Jack received in the ICU at Saint John’s Hospital, Oxnard, CA.