Henry John "Jack" Paschke Jr. died in his home of 55 years on August 9,2020. He was 86 years old. Jack was a lifelong resident of West Seattle and was able to stay in his home because of the care of his son Joe. Jack was born to parents "Hank and Sally" Paschke on October 26, 1933.
Jack had four younger sisters, Mary Helen, Dolores, Teresa, and Elizabeth and they grew up attending Holy Rosary church and Catholic schools. Jack graduated Seattle Prep in 1951. After graduating, Jack enlisted in the Army and served in Korea at the end of the conflict. Upon his return and reuniting with his West Seattle friends at the Embers on Alki Beach, he met his future wife Inez.
Jack and Inez were married in 1958. They raised four children; Lisa, Tom, Joe, and Michael, and later in life helped to raise their grandson, Thomas. They were married for 49 years until Inez's death in 2008. Jack worked as a construction equipment salesman throughout his career but his true passion was baseball. As a young boy, in a much simpler time, Jack would catch the bus and head to Sick's Stadium in the Rainier Valley to watch the Pacific Coast League Seattle Rainiers.
Hanging out after the game he would collect autographs and sometimes convince the team president into giving him a ride back to his West Seattle home. Starting in 1969 when his oldest son turned 8, Jack volunteered to assist coaching his team. This volunteer position grew into over 30 years of coaching boys baseball with Inez on the bench as scorekeeper. One of his coaching highlights was winning the CABA National Championship in Tennessee with a talented group of 17 year olds. Jack became the head coach of the Chief Sealth High School baseball team where he finished his coaching career.
Later in life, baseball and sports in general, was a connecting point for his children and grandchildren. "How about those Mariners? " was an easy opener for conversation. He is remembered as " after spending 10 minutes with Jack you can see past the smokey, grumpy side of him and see the good man that made a positive impact on so many."
Along with his wife and parents, Jack is preceded in death by his granddaughter Sarah, son-in-law Patrick, and sister Mary Helen. He is survived by his four children and their spouses Bob and Michelle, 6 grandchildren, Thomas, Addison, Nathan, Hunter, Mason and Kiristin, along with 6 great grandchildren and his close friends, Tom and Kathy Fair. Think of him fondly and remember to "get out there and go play."
A Memorial Service will be held in his honor at a future date.
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Care & Arrangements Entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle
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