John “Jack” Perry, 83, of Turlock, passed away on Saturday at Doctors Hospital. He slipped away quietly and peacefully surrounded by his family.
Jack was born in Turlock to Joe and Evelyn Perry, the third child of four siblings. He attended Turlock schools, graduating from Turlock High School in 1950. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy, proudly serving his country for four years.
On September 2, 1956, Jack married his soulmate, Mary Linhares. Together they made a home for their children on the Perry Ranch where they continue to carry on the family business. He had an uncanny ability to design and construct new “projects” to increase productivity on the Farm. He could fix anything!
Jack was an avid sports fan of the San Francisco 49ers and SF Giants. In his younger days, he loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Pinochle. As a young boy, he led the Turlock Kiddie Kaper Parade riding on his Palomino horse, Flicka.
Jack was a former member of the Turlock American Legion and VFW posts.
He’s survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Mary Linhares Perry; two sons, Daniel Perry and Kevin Perry (Lori); his grandchildren Rose and Thomas Perry; two sisters, Barbara Alegre of Tracy and Betty Bickner (Jim) of Modesto. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Stephen Perry, and sister Carleen Costa.
Jack will be missed by nieces and nephews who loved him and shared many happy times. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Emanuel Hospital and Doctors Hospital for their help during his illness. At Jack’s request, private services will be held.