John Sigurd Anderson

April 16, 1945 ~ July 12, 2022 (age 77)


John S. “Jack” Anderson held many titles in his 77 years on earth – son, husband, dad, big gramps, brother, cousin, and friend. On July 12, 2022, with his wife and daughters by his side, he earned the title of angel. He was greeted in Heaven by his mom and dad.
Jack was born on April 16, 1945 in Seattle and grew up with his mom, dad and older sister, Judy in north Seattle. He graduated from Shoreline High School in 1963 followed by a short stint at the University of Washington before enlisting in the military. As a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force Jack was sent to Vietnam in November 1968. He was stationed at the Phan Rang AFB and was a crew chief working on B-57s.
Following his deployment, Jack attended the University of Puget Sound on the GI Bill and received his BA in Finance.
Jack met his future wife Judy during the summer of 1970 and got married on December 19th of that same year. They both knew shortly after they met that they were meant to be together – and their nearly 52 years of marriage was proof of that.
Jack and Judy had two delightful daughters, Susan and Kate, who never did anything wrong. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their childhood with their parents and learned many life lessons throughout the years. Lessons include important things like the University of Washington Husky fight song (both daughters went to Washington State University), always keep 50 feet of rope in your car, never carry $50 dollar bills – they look too much like $20s if you’re not paying attention and how to make the perfect Mai Tai (recipe below.) But seriously, Jack and Judy were great role models. Both Susan and Kate are building their own strong and loving families.
Jack followed in his dad’s footsteps and spent his career in construction. Shortly after becoming empty-nesters, Jack’s career took them to Maui where they spent a decade making more memories living in paradise. Susan and Kate enjoyed visiting – especially during the winter. A favorite activity quickly became heading to the beach on Christmas morning for some sun, sand and snorkeling.
Once Susan and Kate settled down and had kids, Jack and Judy moved back to the Seattle area to spend time with their grandkids, Lena, Kai and Asher – as well as their sons-in-law Tony and Cory.  
Jack was active in the VFW and enjoyed planning the annual Phan Rang reunions. He also fulfilled his sense of duty by volunteering at the USO to greet service members on their way to and from deployments.

Jack was a great man who loved meeting people and hearing their stories. In turn, he also loved sharing his own stories. Decades after returning from Vietnam Jack sat down and captured the emotional ups and downs of his time in his book, "Vietnam Flight Line".

Jack’s Famous Mai Tais
1 oz Light Rum
½ oz Triple Sec
½ oz Amaretto
3 oz Orange Juice
1 oz Pineapple Juice
Splash Sweet & Sour mix
½ oz Dark Rum
Float Amaretto (one circle around glass)
Dash of Grenadine

Mix first five ingredients in pitcher – pour into glasses
Layer last four ingredients in each glass

Serve in Hurricane Glasses over crushed ice. ENJOY!

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