\nJack Frank DeMann (age 88), dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, communication specialist, and longtime city official, passed away March 3, 2022, from health complications. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed fishing and anything sports, especially the Cougars. \n\nJack was born May 4, 1933, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the son of Jacobus Marinas DeMann and Maria Anna Katrina Jongejan DeMann. When he was a child, it became necessary for his mom to work when his father was injured in an automobile accident. Jack’s grandmother, who spoke only Dutch, stepped in to help raise him. As a result, he spoke, read and wrote Dutch fluently, honoring the Dutch heritage on both sides of his family.\n\n He attended Lafayette Elementary School, and Horace Mann Junior High School. He graduated from West high school in 1951, despite the fact his senior year was cut short as his Air National Guard unit was called on active-duty during the Korean War. He served in the Air Force for two years, serving stateside throughout this time.\n\nWhen he returned home from his military service, Jack went to work at a local hardware company to earn money to go on his mission. Working at the same company was a young woman, Elsa Elizabeth Nelson, who ultimately became his sweetheart and bride. \n\nHe was called to serve his mission in the Netherlands from 1953 to 1955. Upon his return from the Netherlands, he married Elsa on November 17, 1955. He also enrolled at the University of Utah, majoring in journalism and minoring in history and political science. During the time he went to school, he was exceptionally fortunate to be able to gain employment with the Deseret News in Salt Lake City. He worked as the night police reporter, which allowed him to go to school during the daytime.\n\nUpon graduation he was able to obtain a new position with the Deseret news that paid sufficiently to allow him to take care of his wife and family. Jack and Elsa moved to Murray in 1956 to raise their family. During their marriage they were blessed by the births of 5 boys: Bryan, Alan, Dwight, Clayton and finally Quinton (Mogie). After leaving the Deseret News, Jack became editor or assistant editor of several publications including the national Woolgrower's Magazine and the Kennecott Copper Company employee publications.\n\nIn 1961 he went to work for Hercules Inc., a rocket motor manufacturer. This assignment gave him the opportunity to have his work recognized by the president of the Hercules aerospace company, who named him his special assistant. He served eight years in that capacity.\n\nServing with Hercules also opened another opportunity that Jack loved. The company was anxious to have its people serve in elected positions, encouraged them to run and supported them in doing so. With the support of his employer and family, Jack was elected the city commissioner in Murray in 1967.\n\nDuring his tenure as city commissioner Jack worked to bring Fashion Place Mall to Murray and helped to create the Murray section of the Jordan River Parkway and the Murray Parkway Golf course. In1973 Murray city government was changed to the Mayor/Council form. Jack served one year as a city Council Member and then was elected to the state legislature representing the Murray area. During his service in the legislature, he was elected house majority assistant whip. He served in the legislature until 1988.\n\nIn July of 1989, Jack retired from Hercules and served as executive director of the Utah League of Cities and Towns.\n\nIn 1990 Jack returned to local Murray politics serving as assistant to good friend Mayor Lynn Pett. One of Jack's proudest accomplishments during this time was the clean-up of the old smelter site and bringing the Intermountain Medical Center to Murray. He also served on the committee that helped bring TRAX service to the valley. \n\nIn 1999 Jack served as an assistant to Governor Mike Leavitt. After his service with Gov. Leavitt, Jack left the public eye and enjoyed retirement with his family.\n\nJack is preceded in death by his parents, his sweetheart Elsa and his son Clayton, who passed at age 14 from Cancer. He is survived by his sons Bryan (Pam), Alan (Wini), Dwight (Wendy), and Mogie (Karen), also by 26 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 3 on the way.\n\nJack’s family would like to thank the many care givers and health professionals who helped him though his health challenges and became his friends. Also, thanks to the many friends who helped him deal with his physical limitations and still be as active as possible. \n\nFuneral services will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Murray Little Cottonwood Stake Center, 6180 Glen Oaks Drive (850 East), Murray. Viewings will be held on Friday, March 11, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 12, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at the Murray City Cemetery, 5600 South Vine Street.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, please, donate to Primary Children’s Hospital, the Moran Eye Center, where Jack's eyes were donated to further the study of macular degeneration, or a charity of your choosing.