Jack was born in Santa Barbara, Calif., to Alvin and Katherine Hudack.
Jack grew up in Carpinteria, Calif., where his love for building and racing cars began. He graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1957. Jack joined the United States Air Force and was assigned to Travis Air Force Base as an aircraft mechanic. While working on base, he met the love of his life, Leona Grace, whom he married in 1963. Jack and Leona stayed in Fairfield, where they raised their son Steven and daughter Jackie. Jack was a proud and loving father who adored his three grandchildren, Nathan, Matthew and Skylar. All now live in Vacaville.
Jack turned his interest in cars into a profession in Fairfield. He worked as a mechanic and parts manager before he became the Fairfield city fleet supervisor in 1977. Jack’s commitment to his community was evidenced by his tenure as the treasurer of the Fairfield Falcons Football Boosters, who funded and built Schaefer Stadium at Fairfield High School. He retired from the city of Fairfield in 1997 and became a member of a NASCAR racing team. Jack was well known and respected and accumulated an ever-growing number of friends among those with whom he worked. He will be affectionately remembered as simply “The Tire Guy.” His garage is full of testimony to his mechanical excellence in the form of a 1931 Ford he built from scratch and a professional quality 1934 Ford Roadster.
Jack leaves behind his loving wife of 51 years, Leona; his son, Steven (Aileen); daughter, Jackie Dummer (David); and grandchildren, Nathan, Matthew and Skylar.
His large family helped him through the nine-month battle with cancer that took his life on July 25, 2014. He was loved by Leona’s three sisters and their husbands, Lenny and Bud Tonneson, Marianne and Roger Burton, Frances and Kenny Rogers; brother, Chris and his wife Pam Grace; numerous nieces and nephews. Jack is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Marianne Hudack, who live in Southern California and shared his love of cars.
He will be missed by all who knew him. He was a man of high integrity who said what he meant and meant what he said and he’ll be missed beyond words.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday July 31, 2014, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1050 N. Texas St., Fairfield, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, at Jack’s request, donations may be made to the Skylar Dummer cancer fund. Please make checks payable to Jackie Dummer, 607 Elmira Road, Suite 187, Vacaville, Calif. 95687.
Arrangements under the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home 1850 W. Texas St. Fairfield, Calif. 94533 www.bryanbraker.com.