Peace Officer Gerald Jack McLamb, Retired - Age 69
Our beloved friend and brother, nationally-known peace officer Jack McLamb, Ret., passed quietly into his heavenly rest on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Evansville, Indiana, surrounded by his loving wife, sons and other close family. He had been in ill health for quite some time.
Jack was born on July 18, 1944 in Washington, D.C., and schooled there, and later in Tucson, Arizona. After attending various colleges, focusing on areas of selected studies, he served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Various successful business ventures followed for Jack, until at age 32, he found what would prove to be his main life calling, as he entered the police academy in Phoenix, Arizona. Serving as a peace officer, Jack quickly rose to prominence, and his awards were many, making him one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of his Department of over 2000 officers.
Perhaps the most disappointing, disheartening event of Jack's life was being forced into medical retirement due to severe injuries suffered in the line of duty. He nevertheless continued his life work educationally as a writer/publisher, international speaker, and patriot radio broadcaster on several networks over many years. In 1998, Jack was led to relocate his police and military education association from Phoenix, Arizona to the beautiful mountains of north central Idaho. There, he lived happily until just very near to the time of his final illness.
What most endeared so much of the nation to Jack McLamb was his great, patriotic heart, his deep love for people, and their constitutionally-guaranteed rights and freedoms, in defense of which, especially, he devoted the last 37 years of his life. Both in active service and ever since, Jack was known to many as "Officer Friendly." The title stemmed from a national school program of that name, designed by Officer McLamb, in which police officers made the rounds to school classrooms and in various fun and meaningful ways worked to build a bond of trust and friendship between the children and the police. This fine program caught on within Jack's department, and eventually grew nation-wide in scope, once it was picked up and sponsored by the Sears Corporation. But just in general, all who knew "Officer Friendly" saw him as a living example and demonstration of all that it means to be a Peace Officer - a true friend of the people and protector of God-given rights and liberties, in distinct contrast to being a mere enforcer of man-made laws.
In life, Jack married and was the father of three sons: Matt (Ginger) and Jeff (Lee) of Phoenix, and Augie (Francis) of San Antonio, and the grandfather of nine: Miles, Kelly, Grace, Nate, Nick, Natalie, Josue, Rebekah and Emily.
He was of a deeply sensitive nature. His artistic talents showed up early, in paintings dating back to his youth. He excelled in sports such as track, pole-vaulting and tennis. He enjoyed singing, and especially loved the ocean, and adventures like scuba diving and snorkeling.
In addition to his children and grandchildren, Jack is survived also by his wife, Angela, of Poseyville, Indiana, his sister, Sandra Murray, of Show Low, Arizona, and his Aunt Betty and cousins, Bob and Dudley Hasbrouck, all of Vancouver, Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Margaret Frazier of Ashburn, Virginia, Uncle Bob Hasbrouck, cousin George Thompson of Phoenix and others.
Funeral services for Jack were held at Werry's Funeral Home in Poseyville, Indiana with a viewing on Wednesday evening, January 15th, and the memorial service at 11:00 a.m. the following day. The services were conducted by Jack's very dear friend, Pastor Butch Paugh of Nettie, West Virginia. Internment was in nearby Stuartville. Additional memorial services in celebration of Jack's life will be held soon in Phoenix, Arizona and in Kamiah, Idaho.
Looking back sometimes on his own life work, Jack used to smile and say, "It's been good duty." Indeed it has, Officer Jack. Thank you for all you did to make the world a better place. Though you'll be sorely missed by all who knew and loved you, we can only commend and offer our hearty thanks, as you go on your way now to a well-earned, happy rest!
The McLamb family has requested that we disseminate this notice as widely as possible, looking to the memorial service to be held in Jack's honor next month, as detailed below.
In receiving this information, please give some thought to anyone else you may know who, living close enough to Phoenix, may be interested and able to attend this celebration of Jack's life. We do thank you all for helping to spread the word.
The celebration will take place on
Saturday, February 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Mountain time)
Faith Builders Church
949 E. Bell Road
Anyone in need of further information could phone Matt McLamb during his business hours at (602) 276-0203. Or also, feel free to phone us here in Idaho at (208) 935-7852.
Anyone wishing to write to Jack's wife...
Thank you again, and may God richly bless you all.
Bob and Theresa Huebner
Jim and Jean Hisaw
former assistant to Jack McLamb
My favorite video clip: Officer Jack McLamb on Ruby Ridge