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Memorial for Albert Jack Chan

Born in Portland, Oregon on Feb. 8, 1931
Departed on Feb. 18, 2018 and resided in McMinnville, Oregon.
Service: Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018
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Albert “Jack” Chan died February 18, 2018, at the age of 87. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 3, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in McMinnville, Oregon.
Albert “Jack” Chan was born February 8, 1931, in Portland, Oregon, to Umeko “Mae” Kunimatsu. His father was Masao Niimi, however, he was given the name of his first stepfather, Albert Chan. When he was six, his mother married his second stepfather, Jack Kazuo Nagaoka. Albert then became known as Jack’s son or “Jackson” and later went by Jack.
Jack started elementary school in Portland and later moved with his parents to Washington, first to Tacoma and then to Eatonville. During WWII, the family was forced to leave their home with the evacuation of Japanese Americans from the west coast and assembled at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Jack was 11 years old. Rather than go to an internment camp, they took the opportunity to work for U&I Sugar Company in Malta, Montana. They worked in the sugar beet fields and lived in a refrigerated box car on the farm. In the winter, the owner asked them to stay on through the winter to care for the sheep.
After the war, Jack and his parents were allowed to return to the west coast where they settled in Spokane, Washington. Jack attended Chester School and then West Valley High School where he graduated in 1949.
While in high school, Jack attended Millwood Presbyterian Church where he was active in choir and youth ministry. It was through the church that he met his future wife, Patricia Ann Kennedy. After high school, Jack attended Whitworth College in Spokane from which he graduated in 1954.
In June of 1954, Jack married Patricia Ann Kennedy and headed to San Anselmo, California, where he attended San Francisco Theological Seminary. He later returned to the seminary to obtain his Masters Degree in Sacred Music. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1957.
Over his many years of ministry, Jack served churches in Oregon (Monument/Dayville/John Day, Pendleton, Reedsport, Albany, Coos Bay, Salem, Corvallis, Lebanon, Keizer, Portland, and McMinnville), in Washington (Camas, Mercer Island, Ellensburg, Moses Lake, Roslyn/Cle Elum), and Powell, Wyoming.
Jack retired to McMinnville where he served as a hospital chaplain and led vesper services at Hillside Retirement Community.
Jack was a friend to anyone he met, and was well loved and respected. His smile and sense of humor will be missed. He lived out what he believed, and was a good and faithful servant of the Lord.
Jack is survived by four daughters (and sons-in-law): Nancy (Tom) MacDonald of Portland; Christine (Doug) Larson of McMinnville; Leslie (David) Parker of Jersey City, NJ; Amy (Bill) DeYoung of McMinnville; six grandchildren: Courtney and Lauren MacDonald; Christopher Larson; Jackson Parker; Emily and Megan DeYoung; and one great grandchild, Jayce Larson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church of your choice or the Oregon Nikkei Endowment, 121 NW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97209.

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