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Jack Drinville

January 13, 1927 ~ February 17, 2019 (age 92)

Jack Drinville was born January 13, 1927 in Wallace, ID, to Oliver Bryan Drinville and Bertha Marie (Tevebaugh) Drinville. He passed away peacefully in Olympia, WA, on February 17, 2019.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Doloras Jean Drinville, who passed away October 14, 2018.   Jack and “Jeanie” had four children: Debra Ann Ralston, Gayle Marie Drinville-Irvine (deceased), Betsy Jean Bacon (Mike), and Jacki Drinville (deceased).  He is survived by 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.   

From Idaho, Jack and his family moved to Grass Valley, CA, and then later to Benicia, CA where he graduated from Benicia High School. Jack loved basketball and played at Benicia High School where he was later bestowed the “Player of the Decade” award.  He received a scholarship to play basketball at Vallejo Junior College and went on to earn his Associates Degree.  Jack served in the U.S. Army (World War II) and, upon his return, worked at the Benicia Arsenal where he met and later married the love of his life, Doloras Jean (Towle), on June 29, 1952. Jack and Jeanie shared 66 years of life, love and companionship.

Jack, Jeanie and family moved to Tooele after the closing of the Benicia Arsenal in 1961.  He retired from Tooele Army Depot where he last held the position of Director, Data Processing. Jack and Jeanie both loved to golf and traveled to tournaments all over the state (winning many of them!).  They spent winters in their home in St. George, UT, where they became avid rock hunters and made custom jewelry.

Jack was a complex man with deep convictions.  One of the ways he expressed these convictions was through the poetry he wrote.  His poem, “Vietnam”, was posted for a time at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in 2017 with the help of the late Senator John McCain and Utah Senator Mike Lee.

Jack was given a Veteran’s Honors flight home on Alaska Airlines from Washington state.  He lived in Olympia, WA, for the last nine months of his life, close to his daughter, Betsy.

A viewing will be held Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 1:00-1:45 at Tate Mortuary, 110 S Main St., Tooele, UT 84074 with a Celebration of Life at the mortuary to follow starting at 2:00.  Jack will be buried at Tooele City Cemetery with military honors.


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