Lake Oswego

June 12, 1924 — May 19, 2016

John “Jack” Caldwell passed away in his Lake Oswego home May 19, 2016, just weeks before his 92nd birthday. Born June 12, 1924 in Oregon City, Jack was a dedicated family man, neighbor and contributing member of his community, locally and statewide.

After graduating from Oregon City High School near the top of his class, Jack attended the University of Oregon as an undergraduate student and later as a law student, thereafter joining the law firm which had been started by his grandfather. 

While in college, he married a childhood friend, Elizabeth “Betty” Busch (2009), with whom he had three sons and one daughter.

Jack joined the U.S. army during World War II, was trained by the elite 7th Mountain Division and then served in Italy, where he learned fluent Italian. In later years he and Betty traveled to Italy and many other countries, always returning with interesting art and wonderful stories.

As a longtime member of the Boy Scouts of America, Jack earned the Eagle Scout award and contributed to the Scouts throughout his adult life. He was a lifelong advocate of exercise and loved to bicycle, ski, swim, hike and climb mountains. His last ascent of Mount Hood was made at age 71.

Jack’s list of civic contributions is long and diverse. He was involved in the Oregon State Board of Education and served as the attorney for several local school districts, was president of the Port of Portland and volunteered his time for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Memberships included the Oregon State Bar Association, Multnomah Bar Association, Mazamas Mountaineers, Lang Syne Society, University Club of Portland, Cannon Beach Historical Society and the Clackamas County Historical Museum. He was instrumental in the early stages of the Museum of the Oregon Territory. Jack loved all aspects of Oregon.

He is survived by his three sons and one daughter, six grandchildren and one great-grandson, and will be greatly missed.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m., June 11, 2016, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oregon City, with a reception following at Mary’s Woods in Lake Oswego.

The family requests that memorial donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Boy Scouts of America Cascade Pacific Council,

Arrangements by Holman-Hankins-Bowker & Waud.


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