Jack Lancaster, 82, of Clovis died Friday, May 19, 2006, at his home.
Born June 2, 1923, in Georgina, Ala., to M.L. and Eva Maston Lancaster, he worked in the shipyards in Mobile, Ala., from 1939 to December 1942. He served in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in Clovis before serving in Europe during World War II. In 1945, he was honorably discharged and moved to Portales.
He enrolled at Eastern New Mexico University, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees. He was the principal at Dora and Floyd schools. He led Floyd through the necessary procedures to become independent in 1949, according to family members. He was appointed by the board to be the first superintendent as well as the first mayor there. Moving to Clovis in 1962, he served as principal at Ranchvale Elementary School until he retired in 1985.
He became a Christian and accepted Jesus as his personal savior, according to family members, and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Portales in 1945. He attended Central Baptist Church in Clovis, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Portales, Lions Club at Floyd, the Elks, Eagles and VFW. He served on the boards of the Portales United Way and the Salvation Army in Clovis, and in 1986 was inducted into the National Education Association Hall of Fame. He was a charter member of Delta Kappa.
He married Melvina Ford Crockett on March 5, 2005, in Clovis.
He was preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, H.L. and Harvey Lancaster; one sister, Bessie Foster; one grandson, Jason Lancaster; twin great-grandsons, Aaron and Austin Speer, and wives, Lucille Lancaster and Margie Lancaster.
He is survived by his wife, Melvina; three sons, Gary Lancaster (and wife, Marilyn) and Kenneth Lancaster, all of Clovis, and Bob Lancaster (Sharon) of Aurora, Colo.; stepdaughter, Sharli Frederiksen of Mesa, Ariz.; stepson, Shane Crockett and Shane’s son, Jacob, of Portales; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and one brother, Fred Lancaster (Irene) of Mobile.
Mike Eberhardt and Bobby Speer will officiate services. Entombment will follow services at Plains Sanctuary Mausoleum in Clovis.
Arrangements are by Muffley Funeral Home.