Lubbock is mourning the loss of a great leader. Jack Strong Senior, a former mayor, passed away Sunday at the age of 92, after more than 50 years of service to the community.
Before that, Strong served his country as a captain for General Patton during World War II. In Lubbock, he launched a successful transfer and storage business and still made time to give back to the community, reaching the highest position of service in whatever he did. When he was in the Lions Club, he became district governor; when he served on the Boy Scout Council, he became president; and when he served on the Board of Managers for UMC, he became chairman.
Don McInturff, also a board member, remembers his contributions, "The good he has done for the community is not ascertainable. No one in the 50 years I've been here has done more for the betterment of the community than Jack Strong."
The list is long but Jack Strong was on the board of managers when the Children's Miracle Network launched in 1983, and Abner and I will always remember him as the greatest cheerleader who rallied around that fundraiser for children and joined us in every telethon for 25 years to celebrate the miracles for kids.
Jack Strong was a miracle for this community and he will be missed. Funeral services are set for Tuesday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.