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John R. Pastor (Jack) – July 5, 2020

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John R. Pastor (Jack)

“Death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven” (Michelangelo)

A good man, John R. Pastor (Jack) passed away in the loving embrace of family on Sunday, July 5, 2020. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Sally Pastor.

Jack was born on October 14, 1940 in McKeesport, PA to John and Mary Pastor. He grew up in McKeesport with his two brothers, Jimmy and Ralph and his two sisters, Mary Lou and Adele. In 1959, Jack enlisted in the Army where he trained in communications. Jack was stationed in Alaska and also spent part of his service in Korea and Sacramento. It was while stationed in Sacramento that he met Sally Cork; they were married on June 20, 1964. He served his country from 1960 to 1966. In 1965 his first daughter, Tammym was born.  Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the military, Jack and Sally moved to Colusa, California where Jack worked for Citizen Communications, and the young couple continued to build their family.  His second daughter, Kathy, was born in 1967 and was followed by Marleen in 1969. His son Robert joined the family in 1973. As Jack worked his way up the ladder of Citizens, he moved his family to Elk Grove and then, in 1981, the Pastor family moved to Susanville, California. He worked for Citizens until he retired after which Jack perused a multitude of varied interests and opportunities.

Jack enjoyed fishing with his son, his good friend JC Powers, his son-in-laws, and his grandsons. He wrote a book titled The Plight of the American Worker and had it self-published in 1993. Jack was an entrepreneur. Along with his son Robert, he had two commercial buildings added to the Susanville community. He fought alongside his wife, Sally, for the addition of passing lanes on 395, for the abolishment of the open ammunition disposal in Herlong, CA, and for the shutdown of the medical waste incinerator at Lassen College. Jack fiercely and compassionately fought against cancer with the creation of his herbal “Jungle Juice” which he gave to anyone fighting the battle against cancer. Jack was also an inventor. He created a water clock, the Send Tone, a device for telecommunications, and he developed a magnetic motor. Jack’s quick mind was always at work either inventing new things, finding ways to better his community, seeking new business opportunities, or caring for others. Jack would say his most important work was his missionary work. Jack’s faith in God helped him to help others; he gave unconditionally to those in need. Jack’s family would say his most important work was the love, strength, and support he provided his family.  He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Jack is survived by his brother Jimmy (Debbie) Pastor of Slidell, LA, his brother Ralph (Karen) Pastor of Placerville, CA, his sister Mary Lou Ruffner of Allentown, PA, and his sister Adele (Chuck) Clemmer of Allentown, PA.  He also leaves behind his four children: Bianca Paris (Tammy) of Las Vegas, NV, Kathy Andrea and her husband Larry of El Dorado Hills, CA, Marleen Norvell and her husband Sean of Janesville, CA, and Robert Pastor and his wife Diana Bailey of Janesville, CA. Jack was blessed with six grandchildren: Stephanie Granger and her husband Loren, Amanda Divers and her husband Jesse, Michael Andrea, Corey Norvell and his wife Madison, Steven Norvell and his partner Laurel Loe, and Mitchel Pastor. Jack was also the proud great-grandfather of eleven great-grandchildren: Riley and Logan Granger, Mason and Peyton Divers, Mayson Granadino, Landon, Asher, and Nash Norvell, Maloni Norvell, and Rorry and Evelyn Loe.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Services for Jack will be held on July 18, 2020 at Walton’s Mortuary at 2:00 p.m. Immediately following the services, a celebration of life reception will be held at Jack’s favorite breakfast spot- The Court House Café.


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