Obituary: John David (Jack) Rarig
December 2, 2011
Nov. 11,1924 andamp;#8211; Nov. 26, 2011John David (Jack) Rarig passed away peacefully with his family at his side at the Circle R Ranch in Cayucos, California on Nov. 26, 2011. He was born on Nov. 11, 1924, in Oakland, California to Clarence and Ann Kelly Rarig. He was preceded in death by his oldest son John, his infant son Peter, his brother Jim and twin sister Pat.Jack was raised in Oakland and Piedmont, Calif. He attended Piedmont High School, where he was the president of his senior class. Jackandamp;#8217;s love for sports led him to excel in football, tennis and track during his high school years.After high school, Jack attended UC Berkeley for a short time before enlisting in the United States Aircorp. Jack got his wings at the age of 18, was chosen to become a flight instructor and was commissioned as a First Lieutenant. He was flying the famed B29 bomber awaiting deployment overseas when the war ended, but his love for flying would last a lifetime.After returning to the Bay Area, he attended St. Maryandamp;#8217;s College in Moraga California where he studied Business. He played football on the nationandamp;#8217;s top ranked team, nicknamed the andamp;#8220;Wiz Kids.andamp;#8221; otherwise known as the andamp;#8220;Galloping Gaels of St. Maryandamp;#8217;s.andamp;#8221; While at college Jack started his own flying school, continuing his passion for flying.Jack had a deep love and appreciation for the Sierras. As a young man his most memorable job was in Yosemite, where each evening he would call up to Glacier Point at sunset, andamp;#8220;Let the fire fall!andamp;#8221; and watch the historic waterfall of fire come down the granite face. It was his passion for the mountains that led him on a ski trip to Sugar Bowl, where he met Ginnie Moran, whom he married in 1949. Together they would raise a family of four boys and one girl in their home in Lafayette, Calif., called Seven Oaks Ranch. Jack worked for 25 years with Ginnieandamp;#8217;s brothers and father at Moran Supply, a wholesale plumbing supply company started by Tom Moran Sr. The family sold Moran Supply in 1976 to Amfac, which hired Jack as the President of Amfacandamp;#8217;s Western States Mechanical Division. Eventually Jack would retire but would continue to manage numerous Moran properties, with an uncanny insight into the real estate market.Jackandamp;#8217;s experiences in Yosemite would kindle a lifelong passion for the mountains and eventually led him to buy a unique piece of property on the Truckee River, overlooking Squaw Valley. It was on the Truckee River where Jack came alive and shared many a summer and winter with his family and cousins.Jack continued his passion for flying, taking numerous trips with Ginnie in their beloved Beach Bonanza airplane. They had the time of their lives flying to Alaska, mainland Mexico and throughout the United States, bringing home unbelievable stories of their adventures.In 1976, Jack found the jewel property of a lifetime called Ruthandamp;#8217;s Boat Launch in Cayucos, now simply called andamp;#8220;The Boat House,andamp;#8221; which both family and friends continue to experience in awe. Jack and Ginnie would eventually move to Cayucos in 1989, buying an old ranch property where Jack realized his dream of becoming an avocado farmer with his son Chris. Jack was present for the harvest just a week ago, and was able to appreciate the trees that he loved so dearly. The old windmill is spinning freely these days, as well as his memory and the saying that Jack never stopped repeating, andamp;#8220;Our family is truly blessed.andamp;#8221; He remained as always a humble man of great foresight.There will be a Mass of the Resurrection on Saturday Dec. 3, at 11:30 at St. Timothyandamp;#8217;s Church at 962 Piney Way in Morro Bay, Calif. A reception will follow for family and friends at the Rarig Ranch at 595 Cayucos Creek Road, Cayucos.Donations in his memory are kindly appreciated in lieu of flowers. Please direct donations to Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, 277 South Street Suite R, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401.