Jack Edward Hinds
24 February 1933 – 28 December 2021
Resident of Scotts Valley, CA
Jack Edward Hinds, 88, passed away quietly at home on 28 December 2021, days after his family gathered with him for the Christmas holiday. Jack was born in Cleveland, Ohio during the great depression to Milton and Margaret Hinds; the family moved to Miami, Florida 2 years later where he grew up.
Jack and his wife of 67 years, Ruth Anne, started dating when they were both in junior high school and married in 1954, as soon as Ruth graduated from college. Jack graduated from the University of Florida in 1956 as a Civil Engineer, and they moved and traveled as he worked on the Morgan Falls Dam in Florida, the St. Lawrence Seaway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, the King Paul Dam in Kremasta, Greece, the Bullards Bar Dam in California, and others.
In 1968 Jack and Ruth picked the seaside town of Santa Cruz to move to, making a home, raising their family and creating community through church, school, work, and the stewardship of lives well lived.
Jack and Ruth owned a local restaurant for a few years, then Jack managed a water company in San Martin and the Scotts Valley Water District through the 1970s. He was business administrator, teacher and minister at Twin Lakes Church for 15 years, joining Gateway Church as a minister and teacher in 1995 until his retirement in 2011.
Jack had a fast smile, a quick wit and beautiful baby blue eyes. He was a lifelong student, a faithful husband, teacher, minister and counselor, a father with high expectations, a patient and present grandparent, a steady friend and advisor whose clear pragmatic council was sought out and respected by many.
Jack’s legacy is reflected in family and friends; he is survived by Ruth, his first love and wife, their children and families, Sally Lowery, Drew and Karen Hinds, Dwight Hinds, Terri and David Werdmuller, 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many other loved ones. A son, Douglas died in 2013.
A celebration of life for Jack will be held on Saturday 5 February 2022 at 11am at Gateway Church in Scotts Valley, CA with a reception afterwards.
Donations in memory of Jack Hinds may be made to: Salvation Army Santa Cruz @ https://santacruz.salvationarmy.org/santa_cruz_corps/ or mail to 842 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107 for Santa Cruz Co., to Gateway Bible Church, @ https://gatewaybible.org/give/ or mail to 5000 Granite Creek Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, to Hospice of Santa Cruz County @ https://www.hospicesantacruz.org/ or mail to 940 Disc Dr. Scotts Valley, CA 95066.