The Obit For Jack Peters

John L. Peters Jr.

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on November 22, 2011

John (Jack) 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 family man.

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.