He was born in Los Angeles, the third of eight children. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joy; three daughters, Karen (and husband, Darrell) Meddings, Jacki Palmer and Joani (and husband, Dave) Ingoldsby; brother Tom Whaling; sister Kathryn Judd; seven grandchildren, Brad and Jeanne Baysinger, Julie Curtis, Renee and Geoff Palmer, and Tom and Holly Ingoldsby; and four great grandchildren, Jason and Tanya Baysinger, and Karen and Heath Curtis.
Jack played baseball and pitched batting practice for the Chicago Cubs in 1938. He held a 1964 Guinness world record for catching the largest Pacific blue marlin, and he was an avid golfer.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013, or at www.redcross.org.