John Alson "Jack" WELLS 1923 ~ 2007 Of Edmonds, died Oct. 1 after a brief battle with lung cancer. He never smoked. Grad of Anacortes High, he joined the Army. He served with the Alaska Communications System in WWII. John went to Washington State University where he met Rosemary Eberhart (1930-2002). Jack and Rosemary were married 50 years until her death in 2002. They had three children: Carolyn of Edmonds, Cliff of Lynnwood and Robert "Bob" Wells (1959-2001).
John taught in Spokane area, and Oak Harbor, where he helped start the School District's Special Education Department's first prevocational program, where students could try out different work experiences to develop abilities enabling them to hold jobs. He moved his family to Edmonds in 1967. Starting at Edmonds Jr. High, he taught at different new schools around the district finish at Maplewood Handicapped center. He retired in 1984, but continued to mentor old students through their life trials. He was awarded the prestigious LIVING LEGEND AWARD by the Edmonds School District at a banquet held at Edmonds Community College. He was active with Northwest Rail Fans at North Seattle Community College and the Sons of Norway Chorus at Normana Hall in Everett, Snohomish County Peace-Action since 1981 and Veterans for Peace (vfp92.org & vfp143.org) in 2003 where he worked to get military recruiters under control in local schools. He had a great interest in genealogy. He was an archivist and his family's historian.
"Uncle Jack", as he was known to his extended family, approached everything with scholarly interest. This was particularly true of area history, greatly assisting those wanting to compile meaningful stories of the Anacortes/Skagit/Whatcom county areas.John's kindness, gentleness and loving support will always be remembered by people who knew him. He was a gentleman of the "old school": courteous, loving and respectful even in the midst of the discomfort of his illness. One friend said of John & Rosemary said, "I would not be who I am today if I had not known them. No others besides my grandparents made such a positive impact on my life than they did. I am sitting here in tears explaining to my son who your Dad was. I have a long story to tell and hopefully pass the torch."
Local services in Edmonds October 13 at 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Edmonds Christian Church, 23010 84th Ave West and Burial in Bellingham Bayview Cemetery on October 26. Donations to Peace-Action Scholarship fund in lieu of flowers http://Peaceaction.VFP143.Org.
Published in The Seattle Times on October 7, 2007