ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jack Leo Quanstrom, who passed away peacefully at home on Mother's Day, May 8, 2016. May he rest in eternal peace...until we meet again!

Posted by David Moon on May 8, 2020
Its not hard for me to believe that you ascended to heaven just four years ago Dad. Your wise counsel and guidance helped me to be the person I am now. I love God, Jesus Christ and my gracious and beautify Mom Mina Quanstrom. You chose well to become her loving and devoted husband and I know she feels just the same for having had the honor and privilege to become your loving, caring wife. We all miss you, yet we are so happy just to know where you are now--in Heaven with all of your loved ones who preceded you in their own journeys to be there, too. I love you Dad. I will never cease to think about you often. I am extremely blessed and honored to be your son-in-law!
Posted by Joan Jones on May 8, 2020
Hi Dad,
I can’t believe it has been four years! I still miss you so much. Thanks for being such a sensitive loving dad. I could always see it in your eyes. I’ve been studying Italian for the past year. When I get that down, I want to learn Russian. I finally understand your fascination with foreign languages. It’s like a game!
Have you been able to hang out with Rulon? I bet you have a lot to talk about with each other!
Earth life is kind of crazy right now, but I know everything is going to be good. God is in charge.
Anyhow, I love you so very much. Thank you for all the love, care, and time you gave to me. 
I look forward to being with you again!
Love,
Joan Patricia
Posted by David Moon on December 22, 2018
I miss you so much dear Father Jack. Fond memories rise up in my thoughts contemplating the wonderful conversations and intelligent commiserations we both enjoyed so much. You truly have had a great impact upon the lives of so many of us here on Earth. I pray you are very happy and content with your thoughts about your progeny you've left behind. Merry Christmas!
Posted by Rosie Parry on August 7, 2018
I'm thinking of you today for no particular reason—just that I miss you terribly and so much look forward to being reunited in heaven—along with Janet and the rest of our precious loved ones! I feel so blessed to have had such an amazing father. Thank you for everything; I LOVE YOU more than words can say!
Posted by David Moon on May 10, 2018
Once more I find myself feeling my loss as I continue to miss my beloved father-in-law. Jack, you were the bedrock of your family and for many, many people beyond your extended family. Everyone loves you. We contemplate the glorious day when once more we will see you again, only next time in Heaven. I love you dear father, mentor, friend. David
Posted by David Moon on June 10, 2017
Thank you my dear sister Rosie for establishing this memorial website to forever commemorate our father Jack Leo Quanstrom. I continue to get all chocked up when I see his photographs... his beautiful smile. Life is not the same without you father. We are OK, but, you completed it all for us who still have to continue on in this Earthly plain. I hope that some day soon I will be able to walk with you, commiserate with you, and share new experiences with you in Heaven. I miss you and I love you dearly. Dave
Posted by David Moon on May 8, 2017
Hello, Dad:
Again, it is time to commemorate your departure from the family, which includes me, your son-in-law. Few are the words that I can muster up at this moment as so many tears are cascading down my cheeks to simply express my awe and inspiration for you. It is a difficult task for me to think of any other person who has had so much an influence upon my life for you possess the entire gambit of qualities that most of us only wish we could have. Your generosity surpassed all that I have ever seen in a man. You shared everything you had while on your journey in this plain we call "Earthly Excistence". One could make a college course to teach about humbleness and sacrifice, optimism and courage just by examining your life and sharing your story with the world.
Thank your profoundly for allowing me to marry your sweet and precious daughter Janet Alison Quanstrom. She, too, is a pilar in my life and I know that she is a blessing to all those who knew her. I pray that you have found her as you journey forward through the heavens we all see to return to someday. I love you dear Father.
Posted by Rosie Parry on November 11, 2016
To My Beloved Papa: It's been just over six months since we said our last goodbye. The tremendous ache in my heart still lingers, and I know it will continue until we are reunited in the heavenly realm. You remain larger than life in the minds and hearts of so many. You made us proud to have a father who was exceptional in the ways that matter most. You were extravagantly generous with your time and your resources. You were an avid adventurer and had such a zest for living. You modeled care and compassion for people from all walks of life—regardless of their race or religion. You encouraged us to "question everything" and to pursue our paths according to our own individual judgment. I am eternally grateful to you for all of these things and so much more! There are no words to fully describe my love and appreciation for who you are and for all you have done for me and for your entire family. I Love and Miss You So Much!
Posted by Marianne Barnes on November 11, 2016
"My Dear Brother Jack, I never pass your picture without exclaiming loudly, 'you are the most handsome, smiling, twinkling-eyed man with the most loving heart and you were so good through and through. You will always be unique!' Your loving sister Marianne."
Posted by Marianne Barnes on June 12, 2016
I was lucky to be born into a family with Jack just waiting to greet us all and help us feel secure and loved. He was MY BIRTHDAY BROTHER and I Secretly claimed ownership. He was a wonderful brother and helped his family keep a roof over their heads and food to eat. Money to him meant mostly a means to help the ones he loved and to buy another BOOK! We all loved him deeply.
Posted by Carl Smith on May 23, 2016
I first met Jack Leo Quanstrom(JLQ) in 1980, via his son-in-law,
David B. Moon.

My favorite JLQ stories include the following.

1. Imagine JLQ, age 18, NAKED & UPSIDE DOWN walking on
  his hands across the floor. This story definitely qualifies for
  the Readers Digest "Humor in Uniform" section.

  His action demonstrated to doctors conducting physical exams
     for induction into the US Navy, during the summer of 1941,
     that his right arm was strong enough for military service.

  His right arm was injured, thereby weakened, when he was in
     the womb of his mother who was in a car accident.

2. "LUCKY JACK" is how JLQ referred to himself, and was the title
   to his life story.  He was definitely lucky for the following reasons.

  a. Married 67 years 4 months to his wonderful loving wife, Mina.
    This is a case of "happy wife, happy life".

  b. 4 adult children, 16 adult grandchildren, more than 18 (total ?)
    great grandchildren.

  c. Successful careers with: US Navy, United Fruit Co., Boeing,
    IBM (retired as a Senior Engineer after 25 years).

  d. Survived prostate cancer diagnosed in 1987.

  e. An avid poker player while working in the US Navy & United
    Fruit Co.
Posted by Sandy Pack on May 21, 2016
It is hard to pick a memory, but one that I really appreciated is the time that Jack and Rulon stopped to see our family when we were living in Sandy, UT. They were traveling across the country from Florida to Washinton on the Amtrack. What a fun visit our kids loved their wonderful uncles and how special they made each of our children feel.
I always enjoyed when I was younger listening to the stories of Grandma, Grandpa, all my aunts and uncles--and we would just laugh and laugh. That was our entertainment. I always love our extended family and the times that we were able to get together and remember!! It was always fun when we would go to Ryderwood, Vader and Cougar Flats and try to imagine where our parents went to school and where all these stories happened. It is hard to believe that Jack is gone, but he certainly isn't forgotten and has left a great legacy. I too got his life story which I do treasure--however I don't agree with the title. I would say that Jack Quanstrom had a very blessed life. He was blessed with great intelligence, a great wife and a great family. I know he has had the hand of the Lord in his life and just like all of us--didn't always recognize it!! I love you Jack and I am so happy for our last visit a little over a year ago.
Posted by Melissa Moon on May 21, 2016
I am very sad that you have left this life on Earth. I miss you, Grandpa. I had so much fun with you, when I was there in February-March.
I wish you didn't have to leave, but I do know that this is not our forever home, whereas Heaven is. That is where you are, with my mommy, Janet. I love the song playing on this web site, this is a song that my dad and I like to sing together. Though it is difficult, my heart will go on, even though you're gone, Grandpa Jack. You are the best grandfather anybody could hope for. Thank you for all the blessings you have shared with us: your time, your wisdom, your joy. Til we meet again.
I love you!!
Love, Melissa Moon
Posted by Arline Fitzgerald on May 19, 2016
I have always been very proud of my big brother Jack Quanstrom. He was like a second father to his brothers and sisters. 

I enjoyed reading his life story today. Thank you for posting the photos, videos and the life story.
Posted by Luis Negron on May 18, 2016
Jack was a great man, full of integrity and character. I am glad I was able to know him for years. We saw Jack about three years ago and we had a great visit with Janet and Mina. Losing a love one can be extremely difficult. Please accept our condolenses to you and your family. Rosie and Luis
Posted by Shirley Christensen on May 17, 2016
You will be forever missed in our hearts, but your legacy lives on in the wonderful family that you and Mina raised together. May their hearts find comfort that you are with your maker and are still looking out for them from your heavenly home above. Sending our love, Albert & Shirley Christensen & family
Posted by David Moon on May 16, 2016
Dear Father,
You are everything to me You are the best father that anyone could ever ask God to give to them. Your generosity, humor, intelligence, and wisdom has touched me in every aspect of my life. I love you, dear Dad, I will always know that you are still with me in my moments of sadness because you have left before me to be with my Heavenly Father who loves us all. I know that He loves you, Dad. He will always be your eternal companion, your friend, your` protector. Bless you dear father for all that you have done for me and your dearest Janet and our family. You are the best and my family which is your family will never forget to remember you in our lives. Dave Moon
Posted by Shelley Siegrist on May 16, 2016
Uncle Jack, We will miss you so much. Will miss the scrabble games with you. Even the last time Ralph and I played with you & Aunt Mina, about 8 months ago, you whooped us royally. Will miss your humor, your laugh, your smile. Love you Uncle Jack!! You will be remembered in our hearts, until we meet again. Love, Shelley & Ralph
Posted by Tom Krebs on May 15, 2016
Jack is one of the finest men I have ever known. He made and left the world a better place. I will miss him like I miss my own parents. Be at peace, Jack.
Posted by Ruth Hoyos on May 15, 2016
Jack and Mina have been our neighbors for 36 years. We have come to love them as our family. I am sure Jack, Pancho and Janet are planning wonderful things to do, while here, we are mourning our loss!
Posted by Jess MacDougall on May 15, 2016
Very blessed to have gotten the chance to meet you years back when me and my grandma came to Florida! For years when I was little I would send you and auntie Mina letters from here to keep in touch! And when I finally got to meet you, it was wonderful! You were a very intelligent and caring human and you touched many people's hearts! I will never forget how special you made my trip to Florida! Always beating me at scrabble! Rest easy up there uncle jack! You will always be loved and missed endlessly! Things change but the memories last forever! Xo
Posted by Vicky Vargas on May 14, 2016
You were like a father to me. Love you very much. Words can not say the special person you were. You will be in our hearts forever
Posted by Stephen Bassette on May 14, 2016
Grandpa,
Your contributions to this family of yours have been immeasurable, and we're grateful to you for them. Your life story is an inspiration to us all. We will always remember you warmly and fondly.
Posted by Darryl Bloch on May 14, 2016
From the Bloch family....our condolences at the passing of Mr. Quanstrom. He was a fine man and wonderful father. We will never forget those great days at Oceanview/Lakeview. May God's peace comfort you during this time of sorrow.

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Posted by David Moon on May 8, 2020
Its not hard for me to believe that you ascended to heaven just four years ago Dad. Your wise counsel and guidance helped me to be the person I am now. I love God, Jesus Christ and my gracious and beautify Mom Mina Quanstrom. You chose well to become her loving and devoted husband and I know she feels just the same for having had the honor and privilege to become your loving, caring wife. We all miss you, yet we are so happy just to know where you are now--in Heaven with all of your loved ones who preceded you in their own journeys to be there, too. I love you Dad. I will never cease to think about you often. I am extremely blessed and honored to be your son-in-law!
Posted by Joan Jones on May 8, 2020
Hi Dad,
I can’t believe it has been four years! I still miss you so much. Thanks for being such a sensitive loving dad. I could always see it in your eyes. I’ve been studying Italian for the past year. When I get that down, I want to learn Russian. I finally understand your fascination with foreign languages. It’s like a game!
Have you been able to hang out with Rulon? I bet you have a lot to talk about with each other!
Earth life is kind of crazy right now, but I know everything is going to be good. God is in charge.
Anyhow, I love you so very much. Thank you for all the love, care, and time you gave to me. 
I look forward to being with you again!
Love,
Joan Patricia
Posted by David Moon on December 22, 2018
I miss you so much dear Father Jack. Fond memories rise up in my thoughts contemplating the wonderful conversations and intelligent commiserations we both enjoyed so much. You truly have had a great impact upon the lives of so many of us here on Earth. I pray you are very happy and content with your thoughts about your progeny you've left behind. Merry Christmas!
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Autobiography of Jack L. Quanstrom ~ Part Thirteen

Shared by Rosie Parry on May 14, 2016

Beautiful Boca Raton: Our Base of Operations

Our transfer to Boca Raton was a very lucky break for the whole family. Being so close to a beautiful beach was a great thrill for all of us and there were many other advantages. One that Mina often mentioned was its relative proximity and accessibility to her homeland, Costa Rica. In the ensuing years she and I, and sometimes our children, were able to enjoy visits with her extensive family in San José. We were even able to travel in the company of our kids, Jack and Rosie, to visit Parrita and Quepos, where I had worked for the United Fruit Company, and romanced my wife. There was one occasion when Mina's huge extended family organized a tremendous party for us, for which they rented a large hall containing a dance floor and dozens of tables for participants. I can only estimate that there were at least 100 relatives, including entire families with lots of kids, taking part. Wow, what a party! I'll have to leave it up to your imagination to picture it.

We also had a lot of family on the West Coast that we needed to keep in touch with. Shortly after getting settled in our new house, I was able to arrange for my dad and mother to visit us, around the holiday season (Christmas and New Years). I know it was a great experience for them. In subsequent years, after my dad passed away in 1980, we were able to have my mother visit us a couple of times.

Mina also had family on the West Coast, nieces and nephews who had settled in Point Roberts and Canada as a result their connections with us. That is another story: briefly, it all started with our meeting an American on a ship traveling from Costa Rica, where we were all returning from vacation. Later, the following year, he made another trip to Costa Rica with a letter of introduction from Mina to members of her family. As a result he met and became enamoured with Mina's niece, Adela. This eventually resulted in her coming to the United States, getting married to the American, John Neill, and settling in Point Roberts. Later on she was followed by a brother who also settled in Point Roberts and a sister who married a Canadian and settled in Canada, just across the border.

Up to the time of writing this autobiography we have continued to live in the same house in Boca Raton, a total of 36 years. Our kids have grown up, developed their own lives and families, gotten educated and scattered out to different places before settling in their present locations. Our extended family has grown to a total of 32 descendants: 4 children,16 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. In the course of our lives, keeping in touch with our offspring has required a great deal of traveling to such places as Provo, Salt Lake City, Guadalajara, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Winter Haven, Miami, and even Korea. In addition to these travels, there were trips to the Northwest to attend family reunions with my parents, brothers and sisters, and their families.

All of this activity is too complex for me to deal with in a short biography. For this reason, I propose to split the remainder of this essay into four sections—one for each of my four kids. In a few paragraphs, I will attempt to summarize major events in each of their lives. I hope that I can find time and energy to do a satisfactory job of this.

Autobiography of Jack L. Quanstrom ~ Part Twelve

Shared by Rosie Parry on May 14, 2016

Getting Started in Boca Raton

The arrangements for my tranfer included airfare for the entire family and shipment of our Dodge station wagon and all of our household belongings. We were provided subsidized lodging in a comfortable apartment close to the beach for the first nine months after our arrival. That was the time that it took for us to find a suitable neighborhood and complete the construction of a new house. The area was close to good schools, including grade school for Jack Junior and Rosie, and a high school where Joan became enrolled.

Janet had graduated from highschool in San José so was ready for college. Our solution to this problem was to purchase a new VW bug (cost: $1500) so she could enroll in a junior college located in another town some distance from Boca Raton. After changing schools a couple of times, including some time spent attending a school in Costa Rica, we eventually got her enrolled in BYU, where she met her future husband. Joan attended Boca Raton High School three years, where she graduated prior to becoming enrolled in BYU. Like Janet, she eventually captured a husband at BYU (obtaining her Mrs degree).


After going through an incalculable number of mental gyrations trying to sort out the huge number of experiences of our family since settling in Boca Raton, where Mina and I have lived since May 1969 in the company of varying numbers of our children and grandchildren, I have hit upon a plan for organizing much of the most interesting information. I realize that I am not going to be able to produce any kind of a literary masterpiece, and because of energy and time constraints I will have to limit the length of the document. What I hope to accomplish is to dedicate a page or two to each of the members of our immediate family, including first of all my wife, Mina, and me as the progenitors of our clan, followed in turn by each of our children.

Autobiography of Jack L. Quanstrom ~ Part Eleven

Shared by Rosie Parry on May 14, 2016

Career Development and Education with IBM in San José

Soon after starting on my new job I began to think about what I could do to improve my prospects for promotion. San José State College was easily reached from where we lived, and as soon as I could meet the requirements, I enrolled as a graduate student. One of the requirements was to achieve satisfactory scores in a Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Like Boeing, IBM encouraged its engineers to continue their education and provided payment of tuition for courses completed. In this way I completed a couple of courses towards a Masters degree by attending evening classes.

Then came a lucky break. IBM initiated a “resident study” program for engineers which provided those who qualified with tuition and expenses for full-time attendance at a selected college or university with the objective of an advanced degree (doctorate or masters). I applied and was accepted for the masters degree program, after being interviewed by a number of top department heads. I chose to attend Stanford University, located in Palo Alto. I worked out a class schedule so that I only had to make the trip from home to Palo Alto three times a week. I still had my Pontiac, acquired in Seattle, and luckily it held up OK. I managed to graduate with a Masters degree (MSEE) in June 1963. I was 40 years old.

After getting the MSEE I worked on a lot of different development projects, which I am unable to describe in such a short essay. I was involved in the design of products using the first large-scale- integration chips and I had to learn high-level computer languages, such as FORTRAN in the solution of design problems. I managed to get my name on a number of patents and invention disclosures. I advanced from Design Engineer through Associate, Senior Associate to Staff Engineer, which is two levels below the top engineering title of Senior Engineer. In 1968 I was offered the opportunity of a transfer to a new group that had been established a year before in Boca Raton, Florida.
Moving to Florida was not an easy decision to make. Living in San José had a lot of advantages. While we were there we did a lot of traveling during vacations, up and down the coast from Canada to San Diego. We were in a convenient location for visits by my parents, brothers and sisters and many relatives living in California, Oregon, Washington and even Canada. Mina had a number of nieces and nephews, who had settled in Point Roberts, Washington and Canada, which would be the basis for a long story in itself. I had cousins and a couple of uncles living in California and many close relatives, including brothers and sisters in Oregon and Washington. During vacations we attended family reunions in Washington, visited Disney Land and the San Diego Zoo, and made excursions into Canada, with Mina’s relatives.

However, there appeared to be a lot of advantages in moving to Boca Raton. The department I would be going into was headed by a Phd, Tom Harrison, who had also obtained his degree through the IBM resident study program, and had to his credit a couple of books on Process Control Computers. The name of the department was Advanced Technology in the General Systems Division. Most of the nine or ten engineers in the department had Phd degrees. One other engineer beside myself had a Master's degree. So you might say it was a fairly high-power department. I started out in the department with the title of Staff Engineer, which was four levels above Junior Engineer, and within seven years advanced to the top level of Senior Engineer after a number of years as Advisory Engineer.

For many reasons, including faulty memory and complexity of the subject, I cannot describe the many projects I was involved in during my career as an engineer. Suffice it to mention that I made some small contribution to the development of the IBM Personal Computer (PC), which evolved in Boca Raton. Of much more interest to my readers, I am sure, will be the development of my family, resulting in a huge number of descendants, including at the present time (I think) 12 great grandchildren.