He was born in Brazil, Jan. 27, 1925, to Ed and Vallie (Trout) Mayrose. Jack graduated from Staunton High School with the class of 1943. During high school, he excelled at sports. During WWII, he was drafted into the United States Navy serving in the South Pacific on the USS Biloxi as an Electricians Mate. Jack was one of the first soldiers to set foot on Nagasaki following the surrender of Japan. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1947. He married Madonna Mae French June 16, 1949. He later retired from the Naval Reserve after 20 years of service. Upon return from the Navy, he attended Indiana State Teachers College, earning a Masters Degree in Education. He worked as a teacher and a basketball coach at Bellmore High School. Jack also worked as a teacher, coach and principal at Coal City High School. In 1964, he began serving as Principal at Staunton High School later retiring from Clay Community Schools. Jack also worked for Mark E. French and Son Buick, Pontiac and Cadillac
Jack was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed watching and playing sports, and spending time with his dog "Bear" and cat "Shorty."
Jack was a member of the Masonic Lodge F and AM 541, VFW 1127, American Legion Post 2, Fleet Reserve Association, Retired Teachers Association, Clay County Sheriffs Merit Board for 24 years and the Indiana High School Athletic Executive Committee from 1976-1981.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Madonna Mayrose, son-in-law David Parr, brother Robert Mayrose, sister Wynemah Miller.
He is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, "Corky" and Dan Parr and "Annie" Parr, three granddaughters Shandi, Shayli and Shasti Parr, all of Brazil, as well as several other extended family members and friends.
Services will be at French Funeral Home Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Curt Jonson officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery, with military services provided by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and members of the United States Navy. Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday from 4-8 p.m. In his memory, donations may be made to the Staunton High School Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.