Obituary: Jack M. Tillson (April 28, 1929 - Jan. 15, 2013)

By Submitted January 28, 2013 06:20 pm

Jack M. TillsonJack M. Tillson, also known as Josh M. Leavitt, a long-time resident of Klamath, passed away peacefully in Crescent City on January 15, 2013. He was born April 28, 1929.

Jack was born a logger, one of the very finest on the Northern West Coast. He was a dear friend to everyone he met and loved to tell stories of his logging days. Jack also loved to share his fishing, hunting and camping stories. 

All of his memories were shared as if they only happened yesterday. He had a phenomenal photographic memory. He had a great love for his baby dogs and the hummingbirds that would feed from his feeders on spring days. 

Jack would spend his afternoons hanging with his friends at Crivelli’s and the Country Club. Jack had a great zest for life and celebrated his life to the very fullest.

Jack Tillson is a legend, a part of the Klamath. He is in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. He will be greatly missed. 

Jack is survived by his wife Mary of 62 years of marriage and their children, James Tillson and wife Karen, daughter Janice and his brother, Richard Leavitt and wife Judy of Nevada. 

He is also survived by his grandchildren Jennifer and Patrick of Utah, Jeromy and Melinda Cross of Idaho, Rebecca Tilson, Angela and Kenny Mattz, Heather Rubio and Nathan and Heidi Cross, all of California. Jack also had 13 great-grandchildren and many very close friends.

Jack was preceded in death by his son Lee Tillson, father Henry Leavitt and mother Rose Tillson Grady. 

Jack is no longer with us but will always be with us on the waters of the “Klamath River.” There will be a celebration of life for Mr. Jack Tillson on February 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. It will be a potluck at the Country Club Bar & Grill on Klamath Blvd., in Klamath.