Jack was born on Feb. 27, 1930 in Chico, California to Ivan M. and Corenth E. Newton. He died Sept. 22, 2018 of congestive heart failure at Kaiser Walnut Creek.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marjorie A. Newton, Concord, son Ted W. Newton and grandchildren Elizabeth and Nicholas John of Chico, grandchildren Alicia, Shelby and Zachary of Concord, great grandson, Jaiden Brennan, and brother-in-law, Robert Schouten and wife, Nancy of Butte City, sister-in-law, Betty Newton Liden, Chico and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sons John Robert Newton and Richard Thomas Newton, his brothers, Robert E. Newton and Thomas V. Newton and wife Sue, sister Marian Kostiz and brother-in-law, Al Kostiz.
Jack graduated from Chico State College with a major in Elementary Education in 1955. While there he was a member of Lambda Pi Fraternity and Alpha Psi Omega.
Jack worked his entire educational career for Mt. Diablo Unified School District. He taught several different grades at Pacheco Elementary. He moved to El Dorado as a counselor, core teacher and shop teacher the first year the school opened. His next position was at Valley View Intermediate as head counselor and special education class teacher. Jack spent the next years working in Attendance and Welfare. This was followed by a change to Special Education where he held several positions until he retired as Assistant to the Director of Special Education in 1988.
Jack was the first Boy Scout Leader of Troop #364. He later served as the Scout's District Commissioner. His service was recognized with Scouting Awards: the Hink Award and Wood Badge and the Valley Forge Freedom Foundation's Educator's Medal. Organizations to which he belonged were Clayton Valley Lion's Club, Phi Delta Kappa National Educational Fraternity, President and member of C.A.S.W.A., and Contra Costa Retired Teachers' Association.
Throughout his lifetime, an avid outdoorsman, Jack enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. He shared his love of the outdoors with his sons, his nephews and their friends. Annual trips to Cherry Hill Campground were the source of many happy memories.
The family is grateful to the staff of Abraham Care Home, in which he resided for the last year, for the loving care and attention he received. The family is also grateful to loyal friend, Richard Bergamini for his visits and phone calls. They were a highlight to Jack's everyday life.
No public service will be held at Jack's request. A private family gathering is planned to share remembrances of Jack, his wisdom and wit.