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Jack Nair

Jack D. Nair

2/28/1924 - 5/6/2009


Jack Nair of Carpinteria passed away gently on May 6 with his family at his side after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.  His death occurred at Autumn Years during the mandatory evacuation due to the Jesusita fire in Santa Barbara.  Special thanks to Holly Carroll and the whole staff at that time and during his entire stay there.  The family is also grateful to the hospice team, Ditta, Brenda and Lael.


Born in Glendale, CA, Jack was the youngest of three children.  His parents and two sisters, Evalyn Waring Santiago and Margery Swegles, predeceased him.  He grew up in Eagle Rock, spending his summers in Laguna Beach, skin diving for abalone and surfing on his 90-pound balsa board at Dana Point.  He graduated from Eagle Rock High School in 1943 where he was an Eagle Scou7t, lifeguard and All-Valley Center on their championship football team.


Following graduation, Jack joined the Army Air Force where he served as a bombardier on a B-29 stationed in Guam.  He attained the rank of First Lieutenant and was on his way home in August of 1945 after 35 successful missions when World War II ended.


After the war, Jack attended the University of Southern California where he met and married Donnette "Donnie" Seim in August of 1946.  He then transferred to Occidental College where they lived in married student housing until he graduated in 1950 with a degree in geology.  Together they raised three wonderful daughters.


Jack, a master craftsman in everything he did, built a sleek ski boat, learned welding and even built the boat trailer.  The family enjoyed water skiing from Easter to Thanksgiving for 17 consecutive years.  Boating was a lifetime passion.  He was also enthusiastic about all kinds of fishing, fly-tying, rock polishing, jewelry making, woodworking, sports cars, world travel and collecting Western art and Indian artifacts.  Flying was another passion.  He became a licensed pilot, owning several aircraft -- his favorite a Bellanca Turbo Viking.


Jack worked as an offshore oil exploration geologist in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara for Phillips Petroleum until being transferred to Colorado in 1970.  Jack and Donnie loved Boulder and learned how to ski, fly fish and backpack.  They often escaped the winters by sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving in the British Virgin Islands.  jack and Donnie moved back to Carpinteria in 1990.


A man of honor and integrity, Jack was adventurous, skillful, kind, loving and generous.  He was devoted to his wife, Donnie, daughters Valerie Galvez, Jacquelyn Kalizones (Mark) of Paso Robles and Kathleen Wigle of Carpinteria; grandchildren, Nicolassa Galvez, Zoe and Joseph Kalionzes, Kari Kalionzes Helberg (Brian), Nick (Rachel), Brenna, Katherine and James Wigle; great-grand-children, Ethan and Kali Helberg and special family friend, Jill Nichols.