Jack L. Adkins
Jack Adkins - known affectionately as Pa, Pops, Papa Jack, Grandpa, Cap’n Jack, Uncle Jack, Jackson, Action Jackson, and Uncle - left this life unexpectedly on September 4, 2018, just two days before he was to embark on an adventure to Spain with his wife and close friends.
Born on May 8, 1942, to Don and Edna Adkins, Jack was a fourth generation Idahoan. His family came to America in 1634 and to Idaho in 1863. His youth was full of travel and adventure with his father being a project manager for Morrison Knudson (MK). By the time he graduated from High School, Jack had attended nine schools in five states.
Jack proudly served in the United States Army Security Agency in the 1960’s and covered conflicts throughout Africa and The Middle East. He had visited every state in the United States, every province in Canada, most of the states in Mexico; and many other countries around the world. He embraced the world’s last Emperor and witnessed the overthrow of a King.
After serving as the president of his graduating class, and graduating from Boise State University with honors in 1969, Jack created a successful career as a partner in an international CPA firm. He also served as an executive officer with a timber company, acted as a consultant to several major corporations and was co-founder of a national lumber company. For many years, Jack served as an executive officer and director in organizations such as the BSU Alumni Association, Boise Art Museum, Boise Capital Lions and the Idaho State Board of Accountancy.
Jack was blessed to have wonderful and successful children and grandchildren. He was a proud father to his son, Hans (“Jim”), by his first wife, Bonnie, and equally proud father-in-law to Allison and grandfather to Rob and Madison. His life bloomed and expanded when he met his wife, Phyl, through mutual friends. Not only had he found the one who made his life complete, he embraced an extended family and warmly welcomed Phyl’s adult children, Michael and Meredith. When Meredith married Ryan, he was delighted to have a son-in-law.
Jack was a devoted and loving support to Phyl’s elderly parents, George and Millie, a role he cherished. He was honored to attend monthly meetings at the War Hawk Museum with his father-in-law and loved listening to the stories and experiences of other veterans. He lighted up their life with his cheerfulness and stories of his own.
He loved all of this extended family and hosted numerous family reunions and special events through the years, including Meredith and Ryan’s beautiful wedding in the back yard of his Cove Colony home. There are many fond memories of Jack in his BBQ apron, behind his “event grill”, or making his famous Cosmopolitan’s for the ladies lounging by his pool.
Known as a compassionate, warm hearted, caring, helpful, kind and generous man, Jack was deeply committed to his blended family and to his friends. His wonderful hugs and easy laugh were his signature. A collector of recipes, Jack loved cooking for and entertaining family and friends. His home was always full of joy, love, laughter and good wine. With Phyl still working, it was not unusual for Jack to call up a good friend in the afternoon and ask them to stop by for a drink.
Jack loved adventure. He raced hydro-planes in Missouri, Arkansas and Washington; jet-boated the Salmon and Snake rivers; water skied at places called Kowaliga, Lucky Peak, Lookout Point, Odell, Taneycomo, Tablerock and Chesapeake Bay. He ran the skeleton in Utah and dirt biked Sangre de Cristo. He floated the Nile, Salmon, Snake, Payette, McKenzie, Rogue and White rivers. He swam in the Red Sea, Sea of Cortez, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. He fished whenever he got the chance and had recently fulfilled his dream to go fishing with Hans, Michael, Ryan and nephew John Thorne.
In his retirement years, Jack enjoyed traveling, cooking, fishing, bird watching and Boise State football. He even learned to enjoy the occasional gambling excursion so he could take his father-in-law to Jackpot! Mostly, he loved relaxing on the patio with Phyl and a glass of wine (or Jack Daniels), while watching the various wildlife that roamed near their riverside home and planning travel adventures for Phyl’s retirement.
Jack is survived by his wife Phyl; his son, Hans (and wife, Allison); his son, Michael; and his daughter, Meredith (and husband, Ryan). He is also survived by his granddaughter, Madison; grandson, Robert (and wife, Paige); sister, Eva; brothers Bob and Neil (and wife, Rose); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Don and Edna, sister Carol, and brother-in-law Chuck.
Jack was a good man who loved life, hugged and laughed often, and greeted each day as a gift. We were not ready to lose this fine, optimistic man who brought joy to so many, and opened his heart and his home unconditionally, but our lives are forever strengthened by the gifts and lessons he brought us.
A celebration of life will be held on September 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Country Club. In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of Jack’s favorite charities: The Boys and Girls Club of Ada County, the Idaho Humane Society and the War Hawk Museum. Jack was interred, with military honors, in a private ceremony at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.
Please bring a written favorite memory to the Celebration of Life so that a Memory Book can be completed for the family to bring them comfort through the difficult times ahead.