Raven, Jack A.
8/21/1931 - 9/10/2018
Jack A. Raven passed away peacefully at Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, on Monday, September 10, 2018.
A native of Arvada, Jack was the third of eleven children, born to Ed and Marjorie (McKillip) Raven. Jack and Mary R. (Riddle), his wife of almost 65 years, lived in Arvada, having only recently moved to a senior apartment in Lakewood.
He served in the US Army during the Korean conflict.
Working his way from courtesy clerk to store manager, Jack worked for Safeway, 39 years, serving mainly in the Arvada area. He was a loyal employee, well known and respected by customers and employees alike.
Jack was a member of the Arvada Lion’s club for over 50 years. He served multiple roles and became a Life member. He had many fond memories including but not limited to Lion’s conventions, working the 9HealthFair, the Arvada Harvest Festival and distributing food baskets to his beloved Arvada community.
He received a great honor when the City of Arvada rewarded his volunteerism by naming him Man of the Year in 2003. He was recognized for his work as Chair of the Lion’s Club Eyeglass Program, volunteered for the Arvada Historical Society, giving tours at the Arvada Flour Mill, serving as a commissioner for the Jefferson County Historical Commission, serving numerous roles on the Arvada Cemetery board, and was involved with the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities.
For relaxation, Jack, enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family. The photos and stories told of the great times they had. Jack and Mary especially enjoyed their time at their mountain cabin in Grand County and fishing in the Grand Lakes. Many people enjoyed the hospitality at the “Raven’s Nest”. During retirement he enjoyed having the time to work with wood and made life sized wildlife cut-outs and whirly-gigs.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Lakewood, and two daughters, Linda (Brian) Kaiser, of La Grande, Oregon and Diana Raven of Lakewood, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, sister Virginia (John) Stobaugh of Nevada, brother Jim (Pat) Raven of California and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Arvada Cemetery Association, 5581 Independence St., Arvada, CO 80002 or the Arvada Historical Society.