The Obit For Jack Banta

Jack K. Banta

The Hutchinson News

09/19/2006; 09:11:08 AM

Jack passed this life Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. He was born to Glen De and Blanche Banta on June 24, 1925. He graduated Hutchinson High School in 1942. Shortly thereafter, he started his professional baseball career in Olean, New York, moving quickly into triple A baseball in Montreal, Canada. He was sent to the Brooklyn Dodgers in New York in 1947. In 1949, after pitching the winning game cinching the pennant for the Dodgers to go into the World Series, he developed arm trouble, but continued to manage minor league teams for several years for the Dodger organization. He retired from the Dillon Companies in 1989 after 33 years of loyal service.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie, and his three children, Michael De Banta, his wife, Yvette, of Caledonia, Ill., Kristie Empey, her husband John, of Parker, Colo., and Lee Ann Tucker, her husband, Craig, of Greenwood, Ind. There are four grandchildren, Shane Banta, Shana Pieta, Nathan Tucker and Kara Tucker; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary, Hutchinson. The casket will remain closed.

Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery and Mausoleum for family and close friends.

Memorials may be given to Hospice House or the Juvenile Diabetes Association in honor of his granddaughter, Kara Tucker, in care of Elliott Mortuary. Personal condolences may be sent to