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Jackson "Jack" George Birtchet Jr., age 86, of El Campo died Oct. 31, 2009 in El Campo. He was born July 29, 1923 in Albany, Ore. to the late Jackson George Birtchet Sr. and Alice Meta Graham. The Birtchet family, along with baby brother, Malcolm Graham Birtchet, moved to Addicks, when Jack was young. In high school he excelled in baseball, basketball and football. After his high school graduation, Jack was signed by the St Louis Cardinals to play in their AAA farm league in Albany, Ga. There he met and married his wife, Hazel Sharman. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jack tried to enlist in the U.S. Navy to join his brother, but he was rejected due to a heart murmur. He was able to enlist in the U.S. Marines in January 1943. He spent the next three years fighting in the Pacific Theatre on the islands of Kwajalein, Saipan-Tinian, and Iwo Jima. After being honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant at the end of the war, Jack, Hazel and daughter, Alice, returned to Texas where he attended Sam Houston University in Huntsville. While Jack worked on his bachelor's and master's degrees, he played semi-pro baseball and umpired to make ends meet. Jack began his teaching career in Lovelady where he coached, taught history, and even did maintenance work around the school. He moved to El Campo in the early 1950's and began teaching and coaching for El Campo ISD. He was a member of Texas StateTeachers Assoc. He later became an assistant principal and in 1975 was named superintendent. He retired in 1983. 





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