Transition ~ Jack Francis Wolven, Feb. 5, 1928 -- May 10, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

  Jack Francis Wolven, a resident of Holiday Island, was born Feb. 5, 1928 in Detroit, Mich., a son of Edith (Cook) Wolven. He died on Saturday, May 10 in Holiday Island at the age of 80.

  Wolven served in the Korean War as a corporal with the Army and was honored with a Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the U.N. Service Medal. After returning home he entered California State Long Beach and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1955.

  He taught for 33 1/2 years in the Garden Grove Unified School District in California, spending most of that time teaching gifted and talented elementary students, sharing his love of Shakespeare, chess and the joy of learning.

  In retirement, he was a devoted volunteer, serving his local children's literacy program, working with the AIDS Team Ministry through his church, and actively engaging in the Orange County Democratic Club. He was also an active member of the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church in Costa Mesa, Calif.

  His true passions were people and politics, which he was able to share with readers as a weekly columnist for a local newspaper. He was only censored once for a column supporting the ban of handguns.

  On Dec. 22, 1956, he married Gladys "Poppy" Wolven who preceded him in death less than one year ago. He is survived by two daughters, Ada E. Murdock and husband John E. Murdock, of Anaheim, Calif. and Jacqueline F. Wolven and husband Gregory D. Goodman of Eureka Springs; one brother William Eldridge and wife Carol Eldridge of Santa Ana, Calif.; three granddaughters, Sarah Bell Murdock of Huntington Beach, Calif., Kathleen Stella Murdock of Anaheim, Calif., and Paige Lorrabeth Goodman Wolven of Eureka Springs; one grandson, Sean Stuart Lerner of Walnut Creek, Calif. and a host of beloved friends and family.

  His mother, one daughter, Amy Louise Wolven and one son, Christopher Vincent Wolven, preceded him in death.

  A memorial service is planned for Sunday, May 25 in which a tree will be planted in his honor. Memorial donations may be made to the Holiday Island Fire Department as a thank you for the many visits made during their last years. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at