William “Jack” Camak
1937 - 2021
William “Jack” Camak died at Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane Washington at the age of 84. Jack was born to Sarah and Samuel Camak in Mansfield, Ohio January 24th, 1937. He is survived by Shelagh, his wife of nearly 43 years, and daughter Kelly as well as his two daughters from a prior marriage, Loukia and Michelle.
An adventurer at heart, Jack told many stories of his childhood, hunting and fishing with his dad and uncles, exploring the local countryside both with friends and alone, and demonstrated a want for exploration that he would engage in for the rest of his life. After his childhood in Mansfield, Jack crossed the country and enlisted in the Air Force in Tacoma WA in 1957.
Jack spent the next 27 years in intelligence assignments, specializing in target prediction and reconnaissance. He was a proud Vietnam Veteran. He spent the majority of his time in the Air Force overseas and concluded his military career as a 1st sergeant leading squadrons at RAF Mildenhall and then Norton Air Force Base.
After retiring from the Air Force at Norton AFB in San Bernardino, CA, Jack transitioned to a new career in Group Home leadership working with minoritized youth and dedicated his time to his family.
At the age of 62 Jack shifted to volunteer services as a county long term care ombudsman for five years and then volunteered at St. Bernardine’s Hospital until 2014. In 2015 Jack and Shelagh moved to Spokane WA to be close to their daughter Kelly and their grandchildren.
Jack spent his entire adult life in service to his country, community, and loved ones. Many remember him as an exceptional person and a good man. Jack was charming to be in company with, and many have special memories of him.
Jack was predeceased by his parents and bothers Samuel. David and Howard.
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