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Jack Gregg Harrington

Posted: Thursday, Sep 19th, 2013

Jack Gregg Harrington, 89, of Paso Robles, passed away, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at his home. He was born in Miami, Okla.

At the age of 3, he came to Arvin with his grandmother and young uncles during the Dust Bowl migration. At age 6, he met his mother and stepfather and moved with them to Bakersfield, where he spent the rest of his youth.

Jack graduated from Kern County Union High School. After having attended Bakersfield Junior College, in 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Cadet. He then attended St. Maryís College in Moraga, where he received his wings and was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps. Jack served as a USN Flight school instructor. He was also a night fighter pilot in the Pacific and Japan during World War II and Korea. Jack flew over the Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean and Mediterranean oceans, landing on aircraft carriers in those waters. Jack also investigated aircraft accidents for the National Transportation Safety Board. In 1974, he retired as a USMC Colonel and fully retired in 1979 from the NTSB. He was a member of the VFW, Retired Officers Assn., Intíl Society of Aircraft Investigators and Marine Corps Aviation Assn.†Jack was also a member of Mission San Miguel and the Estrella Warbirds of Paso Robles. He continued to fly into his 80ís.

Jack was married to Hilde Harrington for many years, having lived in Glenn View, Ill. and Sedona, Ariz., before their move to Paso Robles in 1990.

After Hilde passed, Jack married Marty Davis of Paso Robles on Sept. 30, 2005.

Jack will be remembered by his loving wife, Marty; daughter, Mary Michele Kilgore of North Carolina; and his many military and civilian friends. He is also survived by his niece, Meghan Yeats (Dave) of Sandpoint, Idaho; and nephew, Tad Lilly (Judy) of Honolulu, Hawaii.

He was predeceased by his younger sister, Fanny Lou Lilly of Pahala, Hawaii; and cousin, Mary Lou Greenlee of Bakersfield.

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service for Jack at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at the Paso Robles Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in Jackís honor to Wilshire Hospice of San Luis Obispo, 277 South St. Ste. R, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

For the complete article see the 09-20-2013 issue.

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