The Obit For Jack Deskin

John Deskin

Published in the Daily Press, Hesperia Star & Desert Dispatch on 4/1/2009

John E. Deskin, "Jack" or "Pops," passed away peacefully with his family by his side after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Jack was born in Detroit, Mich., on Sept. 12, 1930. His passion for baseball began at the age of 10, playing for both the Billy Ruggee and American Legion Leagues.

In 1946 the family moved to California, and at the age of 16 his playing with the American Legion League led to a professional baseball career with the Hollywood Stars that ended in 1954. Jack met his soon-to-be-bride, Joan, on a blind date in 1950, and they were married six weeks later.

They were fortunate enough to enjoy 59 wonderful years raising four children together. In 1963, Jack and Joan moved their family to Apple Valley, where he owned and operated Apple Valley Drywall for 42 years.

Jack was considered a "Man's Man" by those who knew him well. He enjoyed the outdoors and sports. He was president of the Apple Valley Little League, involved with the Dancing Hooves, and bowled for Victorville Glass for 11 years.

Jack is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter Collen Whalen; son-in-law Greg Whalen; daughter Shannon Smith and son-in-law Tony Smith; son Michael Deskin and daughter-in-law Susan Deskin; sisters Nancy Schmidt and her husband, Elwood, and Terry Gialketsis and her husband, Babe; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Jack was preceded in death by his daughter Maureen and grandson Montana.

He was surrounded by loving care during his valiant fight to live. He will be missed each and every day. Our hearts rejoice that he is now free from his failing body and with Our Father in Heaven. Jack was a loving and loyal family man who treasured his many lifelong friends.

He was rich in Irish tradition and will be remembered by that mischievous grin and twinkle in his eye. We are proud to say, "He did it his way."

A celebration of Jack's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at Victor Valley Mortuary Chapel.

Victor Valley Mortuary is handling all arrangements.