Jack Erwin Bulger

Published on Wed, Jul 14, 2010
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Jack Erwin Bulger, better known as “Captain Jack”, age 85 of Bush Point, Whidbey Island, WA died on June 14, 2010 in Bellevue, WA after a long battle with cancer. Jack was born on March 25, 1925, in Bellingham, WA to the parents of Ruth and Erwin Bulger.
   Jack spent his early childhood in Sitka and Juneau, Alaska with his parents and Sister Joy, before moving to Blaine, WA. He graduated from Blaine H.S. in 1943. Jack was an exceptional athlete who lettered in football, basketball, baseball all four years of his high school career. He was nominated athlete of the year
and Student Body President his senior year.  Jack received an athletic scholarship to WSU to play baseball, but instead enlisted in the army, where he received an honorable discharge. He later went on to play baseball for the Seattle Rainiers. In 1946, he received employment with Chevron Shipping, where he worked on a tug and barge. He retired after 40 years of service as captain.
   Jack married Leona Gilbert in Seattle on June 10, 1950. They recently celebrated their 60th anniversary. Prior to living on Whidbey Island they resided at 938 N. 86th in Seattle for 32 years.
   Jack was blessed with a loud voice and a very infectious personality. He loved to be around people. They were his life. Jack’s interest included sports, fishing, and golf.
     He is survived by his wife Leona, son Wayne, and two grandchildren Brian and Danielle, as well as many family and friends. A memorial service was held on June 23, 2010, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland, WA.
   The family suggests donations to the Blaine High School Athletic Department, 765 H Street, Blaine WA 98230 in memory of Jack Bulger. Wayne would like to extend his deepest thanks to all of you who have helped and cared for his father during his time of need.