May 4, 1946 to June 24, 2018
Jack Kane passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at his home in Lake Oswego, Ore., 72 years young. Jack passed after an 18-year long battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Jack was born on May 4, 1946 in Dallas, Texas. As a toddler he and his family moved to Tacoma, Wash., where he graduated from Wilson High School, as an all-star tennis player. Jack went on to attend the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) and graduated with a degree in political science.
Jack started his political career in Olympia, Wash. in 1969. In 1974, he moved to Oregon to work as the executive director of the Republican Party. He and Wally Hunter formed the political consulting firm Hunter and Kane.
In 1979, Jack met Catherine Lane. The couple married in 1980 in the backyard of their Lake Oswego home.
During their 38 years of marriage, Jack and Cathie welcomed two beautiful children, Darren and Brittany.
Jack valued family and close friends above all else and was a dedicated familyman.
He was a host of many parties, attendee of dance, vocal and piano recitals, coach and sponsor of sports events, viewer of plays, movies, musicals, a voracious reader and comedic entertainer.
He was always involved in the life of his children and was very proud of them. He was a season ticket holder to the UW Husky football team and Darren and he attended many Husky football games together, often with Jack's brother Brick. He loved visiting his daughter in New York and his siblings Susan, Brick and Michael in California, and vacationing in Hawaii with Cathie, Darren and Brittany.
Jack had the pulse of the people. He kept up with all the current events, movies, music, cultural trends, latest restaurants, and most importantly, football.
With Jack's witty humor, he helped countless politicians, committees, nonprofit and fraternal organizations to better our community. He had a way of bringing people with differing ideas together for the common good. He loved creating amusing political ads. His work was featured in Roll Call, a DC newspaper for the work he did on a 1996 congressional campaign. What made him so effective and successful was he listened to the people. He loved collecting and analyzing information about what was important to them. He knew the questions to ask and the individuals to contact to make things happen.
Jack was fiscally conservative and socially liberal. He had three businesses: Creative Strategies, a political consulting firm, Legislative Performance Group, a lobbying firm, and had the license to sell computer products for Voter Contact Services in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California.
Jack will be forever remembered by his wife Cathie; their children and family Darren, Kiersten and grandson, Wyatt Kane and Brittany and Derek Rycewicz. He will also be remembered by his brothers Brick and Michael and sister Susan. He was very close with his nieces Megan Gardner, Jennifer Deras and Shannon O'Shea and nephew Carson Bowler. Jack loved his wife's side of the family in Connecticut, and his cat, Kramer.
He cherished his friends and family above all else. He would want you to honor his memory by making someone laugh, send a card, give a hug, raise a glass of red wine, or say "I love you" to your family.
A memorial service will be held in a place where Jack and his family have many fond memories. Please join the family in celebration of his life on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034. Reception to follow – Jack would want a party. Wearing purple or UW Husky attire is highly encouraged.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Oregon and SW Washington Chapter, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd, Suite 350, Portland, Oregon 97219. 503-245-9866 http://www.lls.org/