A memorial and celebration of life will be held next Saturday for Jack Anthony Elzer who died peacefully at home in Scotts Valley surrounded by his family.
Mr. Elzer was born in Canton, Ohio to Ona and Anthony (Tony) Elzer. His mother died when he was five and in 1948, his father, Tony, Jack and sister, Rosemary, moved to Scotts Valley.
Mr. Elzer attended Santa Cruz High School and graduated in 1952. Mr. Elzer’s father purchased land and he and Jack ran a dairy farm they operated for many years in Scotts Valley.
In 1955 Mr. Elzer entered the Army for two years and rose to rank of Sergeant at the radar facility in White Plains, NY. He also served in the National Guard Reserves.
Upon his return home, he went to work for the County of Santa Cruz as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator working on the roads, ditches and clearing river channels. He loved the outdoors and the job gave him great pleasure. In 1972, Friend Stone asked him to become the first Public Works Director for the newly forming City of Scotts Valley. It was a wonderful opportunity and challenge for him. He retired from that position in 1986.
Mr. Elzer became a Mason, and in 1969, became a 32nd Degree Master Mason in the Scottish Rite. He was also a Masonic coach.
In 2003 Mr. Elzer married Linda Foy (Arndt) and became the step-dad to Rebecca Arndt, Daniel Arndt and Kelly Arndt and three grandchildren who called him Jackpa.
Mr. Elzer loved time at his cabin and especially going fishing on his pontoon boat. Family said he had a wonderful sense of humor, was honest and had a strong work ethic.
A memorial and celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at Calvary Chapel, 1500 Green Hills Road, in Scotts Valley.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Elzer’s name to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066.