Donald Jack, a noted Omaha photographer, passed away on Sunday January 29, 2023 in Scottsdale, Arizona, at age 93.
He had three photography studios in Omaha, Nebraska and developed a pioneering style in outdoor portraits and wedding candids. Before retiring, Donald enjoyed speaking at national and state photographic conventions as well as having seminars in Norway, Germany, Denmark, New Zealand and Australia.
In 1968, Donald and fellow photographer Mervin Reese organized fifteen Caribbean Windjammer cruises inviting other photographers to conduct mini-seminars under the name of Great American Seminars.
Donald’s interest in business started when he was eight years old. From a little red wagon he pulled around the neighborhood, he sold Life, Liberty, Look, Saturday Evening Post and Colliers magazines.
Donald was born May 22, 1929 in Omaha, Nebraska. He and older brother Alan Jack were the sons of Ethel Piel Jack and Stanley Jack.
Donald attended Dundee Elementary School and Central High School in Omaha, University of Nebraska at Omaha followed by the School of Modern Photography in New York City.
Donald married Donna Christiansen in 1975 and they retired in 1991 and moved to Arizona. Donald is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Kathy Thomas (Gary) of Beaverton OR, Steve Jack (Janet Germeraad) of Seattle WA, Donna Kerwin (Greg) of Denver CO, grandchildren Ryan Thomas of Omaha, NE and Kristin Thomas of Beaverton, OR.
Donald had three conditions he lived by. First: “In a world of compromise, I will make no contribution.” Second: “Never take advice from anyone who has not yet reached the goals for which you are striving.” Third: “The purpose for being in business is to provide a source of income to support a desired level of lifestyle.”
A memorial service will be held on February 17, 2023 at 11:00 at Ascension Lutheran Church: 7100 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ.