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Obituary: Jack Fenton of Salem

Jack Fenton
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Warrenton native Jack J. Fenton died at his home in Salem, with his family at his side, on Jan. 20. He was 85.

Fenton was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Astoria, the second child of Ames and Lulu Fenton. He attended Warrenton schools and graduated from Warrenton High School in 1954.

He played baseball, football and basketball in high school and excelled in baseball as a left-handed pitcher. The all-star threw a no-hitter and pitched in the state playoffs.

He was drafted into the Army and went through basic training at Fort Ord, Calif. Later, he was stationed at Fort Lawton, Wash., where he served in the Nike guided-missile program. He also pitched for the Fort Lawton Army baseball team.

After his discharge, Fenton enrolled at Pacific University in Forest Grove, where he met his future wife, Louise Hill.

They married in 1958 and had two children, Jeffery and Jennifer. The family moved to Eureka, Calif., where Jack worked for the American Plywood Association. Later, he took a sales position with the Borden Chemical Co. and the family moved to Dallas, Ore., where he remained until his retirement.

Fenton was an avid golfer and loved to travel, spending time at their beach house in Lincoln City and wintering in Kona, Hawaii.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Louise of Salem; a son, Jeffery of Santa Rosa, Calif.; a daughter, Jennifer Fenton of Portland; a brother, Allen of Arch Cape; a sister, Neva Jo Suhadolnik of Seaside; a grandson, Jay of Portland; and a granddaughter, Anne of New Orleans.

A celebration of life service is set for 2 to 5 p.m. March 7 at Illahe Hills Country Club, 3376 Country Club Drive S., Salem. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Salvation Army, 642 N.E. Lancaster Drive, Salem 97301; the Salem Free Clinics, 1300 Broadway St. N.E. Ste. 104, Salem 97301; or Helping Hands of Salem, 1755 13th St. S.E., Salem 97302.

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