A committal ceremony and celebration of life will take place April 6 for longtime Scotts Valley resident Dick Arden Mack who died peacefully at home. He was 91.
Mr. Mack was born in Santa Cruz and lived more than half his life in the area. His parents, Irving and Marion Mack, were also lifetime residents of Santa Cruz.
Mr. Mack attended local schools, Soquel, Gault, Branciforte and Santa Cruz High, where he graduated with high honors. He then attended University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1943.
At that time, World War II had begun and the U.S. Navy offered direct commissions to engineering students. Mr. Mack became a lieutenant junior grade and worked at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., until the end of the war in 1946 in the field of radar and fire control. He met his future wife, Dorothy, who was also stationed in Washington as a math teacher at the Marine Corps Institute. They married in 1945 and were married for 60 years.
The couple traveled back to California when the war ended, and Mr. Mack became an electrical engineer at the Berkeley Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, where he worked for 30 years. It was in Berkeley that his daughters Margaret and Nancy were born.
As a boy in the third grade, Mr. Mack began building crystal radio sets. This hobby led to am amateur radio license, and he operated as W6PGL for 76 years. He enjoyed ham radio chats to distant countries and with friends closer to home.
Mr. Mack also collected stamps and liked to camp, hike and travel to different continents for both work and pleasure. When he moved back to the Scotts Valley area in 1977, his garden flourished.
As a child in the first grade, he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. An active member of the Felton Bible Church, he loved leading the Prime Time seniors group and helping during the summer Vacation Bible School program. He also prayed and supported ministries and missionaries around the world.
He is survived by a daughter, Margaret Nelson of Scotts Valley, and son-in-law James Nelson; sister Jacqueline Rowland of Scotts Valley; two granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.
His wife, Dorothy Newland Mack, and a daughter, Nancy Standish, preceded him in death.
A committal ceremony with military honors will begin at 11 a.m. April 6 at Oakwood Memorial Park, 3301 Paul Sweet Road, in Santa Cruz. A celebration of Mr. Mack’s life will follow at 2 p.m. at Felton Bible Church, 5999 Graham Hill Road, in Felton.
In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to build the Dick Mack Memorial Secondary School at Hope for Little Shepherds School in Emiworo, Nigeria. Contributions should be sent to International Childcare Ministries, 770 N. High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214, with the memo “Nigeria secondary school in memory of Dick Mack.”