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Sunday, April 22, 2012

NWA Capt. Jack A. Mayberry

Notification of the passing of NWA pilot Captain Jack Mayberry.  
The Mayberrys most recently resided at
37 Lynbrook Drive , Palm Coast, FL 32137-9585.

Capt. JACK A. ‘Black Jack’ MAYBERRY  
July 6, 1931 - April 12, 2012
Jack A. "Black Jack" Mayberry passed away peacefully at home with family at his side. He was 80 years old. Born in Winslow, Arizona, he was a curious and adventurous child. After seeing his first airplane at an early age at the Winslow Airport, he knew what he was going to be when he grew up, a pilot. In his early teens he started his flying lessons with the "good old boys" in Colorado. At age 16 he received his pilots license, he was in fifth heaven. He soon received his instrument and multi engine ratings. In 1954 he was hired by North Central Airlines as a co-pilot. He was trained by the "good old boys". Soon he advanced to captain. He fully enjoyed his job and and developed a friendship with everyone he worked with. He was getting paid for something he loved to do, flying. North Central Airlines became Republic Airlines, Republic Airlines then became Northwest Airlines. After 33 years of flying as captain he retired. His other interests included, sailing, scuba diving, sports cars, motorcycles, parachute jumping, competition aerobatics and soaring. In July 1980 he held the Colorado State Soaring Record for speed and distance. He was a member of the Soaring Society of America, International Aerobatic Club and EAA. He also loved to surf and enjoyed being with the many friends he met on the water. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn D. Mayberry; daughter Jacqueline A. Gardner; son-in-law Fred Gardner; and grandsons: Bert, Austin, Wes and Bryce. He is also survived by many extended family members, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and friends. A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Palm Coast on May 25th at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jacks memory to the Alzheimer's Association and Odyssey VistaCare Hospice Foundation.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on April 22, 2012.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Folks

    Thank you Captain Mark Sztanyo for creating this wonderful article.
    I remember Jack Mayberry very well from an early age of 6-10 yrs old and thought about him all throughout our years.

    My Dad is Jack Mayberry's friend from the beginning of their North Central Airline, Republic Airline and Northwest Airline days as Captains. Jack was a fella that did what most other fellas would dream about and his embracing even me as a tike, was very memorable. I always got the feeling Jack was the most admired, even by my dad, for who Jack really brought the best out of. I remember my dad and Jack giving an add lib take off of Captains, doing their passenger addresses, once in flight. I remember the last part of one address where Jack ended by saying - please claim your loved ones from the luggage: because of the first part, it was cleaver, clean and funny as heck, even for a young kid. I remember how those guys, could be anyone they cared to create and they were.

    My dad, Jack and I, all shared a very intense interest in aircraft design efficiency throughout our lives, for what extra an aircraft could do with the flight advantages.
    Mr. Mayberry, Jack, I solute you sir.
    Always so fun in the hearts of us all.

    Sincerely Greg Muncer (Son) in C/O of John Muncer (Dad)