Dr. Jack R. Hale, 90, of Sunnyside was a remarkable man. In practically every organization in which he was engaged he rose to a position of leadership. A society president and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Optometric Physicians of Washington, he chose a long-time position on the Washington Board of Optometry for a record of 28 years. During that time he was chair of the University of Washington two-day annual education meeting and of 12 other communities of OPW.
Becoming a professional journalist at the age of 16, he kept the first paycheck in a bank vault to prove credibility. High school gave him a strong base in journalism and public speaking. He graduated from Multnomah College in Portland, Ore. Then, after a year at the University of Washington, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and was assigned to Command School. He eventually was assigned to be in command of airway communications at Johnson Island, Mid-Pacific during, WWII.
After obtaining an honorable discharge, he attended Lewis and Clark College for a year-and-a-half, and then graduated from professional school in Chicago, Ill. Relocating to Portland, Ore., where he was born April 5, 1922, and upon recommendation from his grandfather, Dr. C.W. Young, he started practice in Sunnyside in 1940. Dr. Hale was the seventh in a long line of eye doctors to have practiced in the state of Washington.
He had also been a featured speaker at four international eye conventions and countless numbers of other conventions. The Associated Network hired him as a professional speaker for Executive Clubs of America, Metropolitan Clubs of America and the Knife and Fork Club.
Invited to speak at the 11th International Eye Congress in London, England, he was given an invitation as a Distinguished Foreign Visitor to meet the Queen and Prince Phillip.
Dr Hale was active in church and civic activities including being a charter member of the Sunnyside Lions Club and the president of the local Republicans Club. At one point he was Grand Marshal of the Sunnyside Sunshine Days Parade.
Jack's faith was an important part of his life. He has been actively involved in the life of the First Baptist Church, serving in many capacities.
He was preceded in death by Janet Hale, mother of Mary and Betty, and by Mary Hale, mother of Jean, Cheryl, and Robert.
He leaves his wife of 16 years, Linda Mosier Hale; five children, Mary Ann (Roger) Faidley, Betty Anne Hale, Jean (Tom) Grubenhoff, Cheryl (Darren) Lindsley, Robert (Denise) Hale and one stepson, Patrick Blair, son of Linda; eight grandchildren, Levi Faidley, Sarah Hale, Natalie Hale, Tyler Grubenhoff, Amanda (Chase) Grubenhoff Hurst, Chase Lindsley, Haley Lindsley and Annie Lindsley; and three great-grandchildren, Gentry, Hayden and Jordan.
Doc Hale will be sorely missed by many.
Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Sunnyside.
Condolences can be sent to www.valleyhillsfh.com
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in care of all arrangements.