Jack Austin Ware (1916 – 1985)

Jack Austin Ware
Added by: Rich Ware

“Jack Ware was born to Paul Arldon Ware and Kathrine Elizabeth Yager on 20 Feb 1916 in Los Angeles, California. He spent his early years with his parents and sister near or at the Los Angeles beach. He attended public schools in the area and graduated from George Washington High School in L.A. in 1933.

While there he met and married, 8 Nov 1935, Iona Anderson in a civil marriage at her home in Los Angeles. They had 9 children. Iona died in 1962 attempting to give birth to her 10th child who was given the name Daniel Ethan Ware.

In the 1930s, Jack built, repaired and sold bicycles which was his father’s business. During WW2 he moved to Utah and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Education from BYU in Provo, Utah in 1948. He taught Seminary for one year in southern Utah. Being dissatisfied with that vocation, he left and became trained in the pipe organ business. He was later hired by the LDS church as the Salt Lake LDS Tabernacle Organ Technician. He did this from 1953 to 1958. He also had his own small business repairing pump organs and tuning pianos.

In the late 1950s he started his own business, called the “Deseret Pipe Organ Company”. He built and installed several pipe organs in the inter-mountain west until 1966.

Iona passed away 25 Jun 1962 and was interred in the Salt Lake City Cemetery on 28 Jun 1962, plot 87877 B-CA-8-E-1.

Jack then married Elia Osorio (b. 1932 in Mexico City, D.F., Mexico) on 13 Jul 1962 in Logan, Utah. He did not previously know her and only waited 3 weeks before they married. Elia had to learn to speak English.

Between 1967 and 1968 Jack tried farming in Celaya, Mexico but his investment there failed. So he returned to the U.S. and taught school in Indio, California for 1 year, afterwhich he moved to Provo, Utah and began attending BYU in 1969.

In April 1970 Jack graduated from BYU with a Master’s Degree in Spanish, with his thesis on Spanish idioms.

Shortly thereafter (1973) he moved to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan where he managed the piano & organ department for Central Michigan University.

In 1985 he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor which took his life shortly thereafter on 16 Oct 1985. He passed away at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. His body was shipped to Salt Lake City where he was interred in the Salt Lake City Cemetery next to his first wife Iona.

Elia moved back to Provo and taught school. She passed away 29 Jul 2009 and was buried 3 Aug in the Salt Lake City Cemetery on the opposite side of the Jack and Iona headstone next to a baby belonging to Susan Ware & Terry Asay.”


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