Jack Andrew Anderson, age 29, was born on November 15, 1988 in Irving, Texas, to Christopher L. Anderson and Libby Thurman. He grew up in Colorado and Texas. He graduated from South Prairie High School, Grand Prairie, Texas in 2007. In 2009, he joined the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Mechanic. He was first stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base and proudly served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning to LRAFB, he met his wife Jill and did a short tour in Osan, South Korea. He cross-trained into Occupational Safety and was last stationed at Eglin Air Force Base with his wife and two daughters, Jacklyn and Julia. He was a decorated Staff Sergeant earning numerous awards, medals and recognitions.
Jack was an avid outdoorsman. He loved going on adventures and having new experiences. He was an excellent snowboarder, loved jeeping and being surrounded by nature. He loved music, played the guitar, was learning to play the ukulele and he especially loved singing with his family. As a carpenter, he built several pieces for his home, including his daughter’s play area. He also knitted items like stocking caps and baby blankets for his girls. Jack was an ordained minister.
Jack was very fun-loving, had a great sense of humor, and made everyone smile. He was very kind, thoughtful and caring. He was an amazing father to his girls. He would snuggle with them and always had time to play with them and make them laugh. He deeply loved and adored his wife and cherished his friends and family.
Jack is survived by his wife, Jill Anderson of Shalimar, FL; daughters, Jacklyn and Julia; mother, Libby Thurman of Carbondale, Colorado; father, Chris (Jennifer) Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister, Ashley Anderson of Carbondale, Colorado; brothers, Stephen and Christopher Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; maternal grandmother, Nancy Thurman; his pet, Juno, mother and father-in-law; four sister-in-laws and five brother-in-laws; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and extended family. Jack is preceded in death by his grandparents, paternal: James and Marlene Anderson, maternal: Jack Thurman.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Fisher House Foundation www.fisherhouse.org or American Cancer Society www.cancer.org, in Jack’s memory.
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