John (Jack) Leslie Bate Jr. died on July 24, 2016, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Jack was born Dec. 4, 1930, in Tenafly, N.J., to John and Eleanor Bate. With his family, he moved to Oregon in 1945. He graduated from Lakeside Prep School in Seattle, Wash., then attended Pomona University and the University of Oregon. Forty-five years later, he finished a degree in history from the State University of New York.
After attending college, Jack began working with his grandfather, John Herbert Bate, to manage the Bate Lumber Company in Portland, Ore. In 1954, they journeyed to England together on vacation. While returning to the United States in October, 1954, Jack met a beautiful Danish woman, Karen Gørtz, on the cruise ship Kungsholm. Karen was on her way to begin a nursing job in a Detroit hospital. Jack and Karen were married Sept. 3, 1955, in Portland, Ore. They lived in various places, including Arcata, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif’; Portland, Ore.; Wallowa Ore.; Prince George, Kamloops and Vancouver, in British Columbia; Grants Pass, Ore; Jacksonville, Ore.; Wrightsville Beach, and finally Wilmington N.C.
Jack and Karen raised their three children and taught them to ski, fish, row boats, camp, hike, swim, drive, cook, bike and woodwork, one of his favorite hobbies.
In 1968 he bought a condemned building in historic Jacksonville, Ore., and converted it into a restaurant with eight hotel rooms, the Jacksonville Inn. Today it is a five-star restaurant. In 1978 he sold the business and branched out into various other projects, including insurance sales, stock brokering and construction. He continued this after their move to Wrightsville Beach in 1984. In North Carolina he worked as a stock broker.
He had many hobbies and participated in many triathlons and bikes rides. He was an inventor, leaving his family with many treasured mementos and pieces of furniture he designed. Jack was proud of his service in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict, and in the U.S. Army Reserves, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Oregon National Guard. He also was a member of the Wilmington Civitan’s Club and the Carolina Yacht Club.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; his children, John (Rose), Michael (Trude) and Jenny Keim (Paul); 10 grandchildren, Hannah (Richie), Elisa (Josh), Naomi, Sarah, Michaela, Jay, Tim, Erika, Stephen and Kali; two great-grandchildren, Silas and Desmond; and two sisters, Marcia of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Eleanor of San Mateo, Calif.
The family will be celebrating Jack’s life in the future with family and close friends.
In lieu of sending flowers, please make donations to the Cure Alzheimer Fund at http://curealz.org/in-memory/john-jack-bate, or to Hillsdale (Mich.) College at https://secure.hillsdale.edu/