Obituary: Jack Garner

Jack purchased Martin Aviation, the original aviation firm at Orange County airport, in November 1963. Martin Aviation was managed by pilot and good friend Ted Andrews. In November 1964, Martin Aviation increased sales by 2,000 percent and was awarded number one Piper dealer in the world.

Also in 1963, Jack and Mary purchased three yearlings at the Del Mar Yearling Sale. He hired the first female trainer, bought three more horses and joined the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Jack remained an avid racetrack fan until his death.

On Oct. 6, 1963, Kentucky Gov. Combs appointed Jack Garner to his staff as a Kentucky colonel. This is a lifetime commission.

Jack married Marianne Summer in 1977. Marianne has two children, daughter Shannon and son John. Jack and Marianne resided at Linda Isle, Promontory Point and the last three years at Inn at the Park in Irvine, an assisted living facility.

Jack never severed his family ties with San Bernardino. Even now after his death, his daughter Meg still travels to San Bernardino on behalf of her father.

His final resting place will be at the ranch he loved so dearly.

His wife sends her deepest heartfelt thanks to the 3rd floor doctors and nurses at Hoag Hospital for doting over Jack, and the loving and caring Silverado Hospice. “They were always there for us with open hearts and warm hugs,” she wrote. “Also, Bobbitt Mortuary, who took control with compassion and professionalism.”

Jack is survived by his wife, Marianne; his daughter, Meg, her husband, Ted, and their daughter and his granddaughter, Hannah; Marianne’s daughter, Shannon, and her husband, Gary; and Marianne’s son, John, his wife, Linda, and daughters Lindsey and Elle.

Jack was a member of the American Legion Post 800 of Idyllwild.

Donations in his memory may be made to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times 1954 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025.

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