Ingram, John "Mountain Jack" |

Ingram, John "Mountain Jack"

-John Waltham “Mountain Jack” Ingram passed away Dec. 7, 2007, in Pleasant Hill, Calif., after a long illness.

Mountain Jack was the son of Stuart and Venita Ingram and was born on Nov. 11, 1926. Jack was one of the first graduating classes from Acalanes High School, spent a year in business school, then joined the Navy and served on two aircraft carriers in the South Pacific.

Jack spent his early adult life in Lafayette where he cared for his parents ” Venita lived until she was 96! He worked for years for AutoWeek Magazine and loved the pits and race cars.

His passion was the outdoors and he was an avid hiker and downhill and cross country skier ” he was still skiing into his 70s. He loved his family’s summer cabin at Pinecrest Lake. In his later years he fell in love with Helga Mueller. They moved to Truckee and shared many happy years until her death in 2001.

Mountain Jack was best known for his work on establishing the Bay Area Rim Trail. He loved the mountains, leading hundreds on hikes and cross country adventures.

He was generous beyond measure and a friend to many. He will be missed by his family: Sister-in-law Liz Heinz, and her husband Jack; niece Allyson Pate and her husband James, of Hood River, Ore.; nephew Andy Ingram and his wife, Lisa Nicolini, of Diablo, Calif.; and nephew Scott Ingram and his wife, Kristin, of Lafayette.

Survivors include his grandnieces and nephews: Ryan, Kevin and Kaitie Cassidy, Sarah and Amy Ingram, and Alexandra Ehmer and Emily Ingram. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stuart and Venita, and brothers, William A. “Bill” Ingram and Stanley “Pat” Callender.

-A memorial service will be held next summer at Pinecrest Lake. Memorial contributions may be made to WINGS, a nonprofit started by his niece, Allyson. To make a donation, log on to If you really want to remember Jack, do a kindness, take a walk in the woods, plant a tree or ski like there is no tomorrow

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