John L. Peters Jr.
Published in the Long
Beach Press-Telegram on November 22, 2011
L. Peters, Jr., the son of John and Masil Peters, passed away November
17, 2011 in Long Beach, CA at the age of 85. He was born July 18, 1926
in Norfolk, VA. The son of a career Navy man, the family moved frequently
and finally settled in Long Beach when Jack was 12.
Jack graduated from Poly High School and excelled as an athlete participating
on the varsity football and baseball team. Known for his sense of humor,
which at times was self-deprecating, he would boast of his dubious accomplishment
as the first Poly High School quarterback to lose to Wilson.
Upon high school graduationJack answered the call to serve his country,
joining the Army Air Corps during WWII. After his honorable discharge
from the Armed Services, he attended LBCC briefly before signing a professional
baseball contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Upon release from the minor leagues, he continued his studies at LBCC
and completed his education degree at Long Beach State College, proud
to be a member of the first 49er graduating class. Before embarking on
his 37 year career as an elementary school teacher,
Jack married his wife of 61 years, Patricia Watson (Peters). Combining
his love of baseball and teaching, he coached many years of youth baseball
and American Legion baseball. Jack continued to participate in Long Beach
Men's Softball league as a player and umpire well into his late 40's.
Jack was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and
Survived by his loving and devoted wife, Patricia; sons, Dan Peters (Christa)
and Jeff Peters (Jeralyn); grandchildren, Jessica DiBella (Mike) and Brian
Peters, and great grandson, Christian DiBella.
Jack cherished his friendships and social activities including his work
with the Poly High School Reunion Committee of 1945 and longtime membership
with the Meadowlark Men's Club.
Jack was a member of the well known and legendary Meadowlark Sunday 9:20
tee time golf group. Jack and Pat loved to host parties of which the annual
USC vs UCLA football party was an event not to be missed and brought in
all age groups.
Graveside service Saturday, November 26, 2011, 11:00am at Forest Lawn,
1500 E. San Antonio Dr., Long Beach. Memorial service to follow at 1:00pm
Grace Brethren Church, 3601 Linden Ave, Long Beach.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Children's Memorial
Hospital Auxiliary, Memorial Medical Center Foundation.