Jack Blair An­der­son

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Jack Blair An­der­son of Pied­mont and St. He­lena passed away on Jan­uary 5, 2018 af­ter a short ill­ness. He was 86.

Jack was an ex­cep­tion­ally kind and gen­er­ous fam­ily man, a pas­sion­ate out­doors­man and a suc­cess­ful and re­spected real es­tate pro­fes­sional. Un­til the end, he lived his life on his own hum­ble terms, en­joy­ing most the love of his wife, Diane, with whom he was mar­ried 61 years. Jack also drove him­self ev­ery­day to his Emeryville of­fice over­look­ing San Fran­cisco Bay un­til mid Novem­ber.

A proud son of the East Bay and a life­long Pied­mont res­i­dent, Jack was born May 2, 1931 at Per­alta Hos­pi­tal in Oak­land to C. Peter An­der­son and Vi­ola Ellsworth An­der­son.

As a boy, Jack would ride his horse, Bon­nie, in the Oak­land hills. He was ed­u­cated at Wild­wood Ele­men­tary School and a mem­ber of the Pied­mont High School Class of 1949 where he played var­sity bas­ket­ball and was pres­i­dent of the Rigma so­cial ser­vice club. It was at Pied­mont High where Jack met his fu­ture wife, Diane Paul­hamus.

Jack started UC Berke­ley in the fall of 1949 where he was a mem­ber of the Phi Delta Theta fra­ter­nity. His stud­ies were in­ter­rupted by the Korean War and his call up from the Na­tional Guard to ac­tive U.S. Army duty, where he was sta­tioned at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Fol­low­ing his ser­vice, Jack re­turned to Cal and grad­u­ated in 1955.

Jack and Diane were mar­ried in 1956 and started a fam­ily shortly there­after. They have three chil­dren: Ellin, John and Michael.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter Cal, Jack started his real es­tate ca­reer at the Mar­ble Mort­gage Com­pany. In 1960, Jack and older brother E. P. “Pete” An­der­son joined The Draper Com­pa­nies where they learned the shop­ping cen­ter busi­ness. There, the An­der­sons worked on de­vel­op­ment of the North­gate Mall in San Rafael and the Del Monte Shop­ping Cen­ter in Mon­terey.

Jack and Pete left Draper in 1966 to form Com­mer­cial Real Es­tate Ser­vice (CRES), which spe­cial­izes in shop­ping cen­ter de­vel­op­ment, leas­ing and man­age­ment. They were lo­cated on Cal­i­for­nia Street in down­town San Fran­cisco for many years un­til re­lo­cat­ing to Emeryville fol­low­ing the 1989 Loma Pri­eta earth­quake. At CRES, Jack’s al­ways calm de­meanor and sub­tle hu­mor com­ple­mented Pete’s some­what more col­or­ful per­son­al­ity, re­sult­ing in a par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful 50year part­ner­ship.

No­table CRES de­vel­op­ments in­clude the Serra Shop­ping Cen­ter in Colma, the Cross­roads in Carmel and the ini­tial phase of the Gilroy Out­lets in Gilroy. CRES con­tin­ues as a fam­ily busi­ness man­aged by Jack’s chil­dren and nieces.

Few things made Jack hap­pier than his time outdoors. An avid duck and bird hunter, Jack was founder, El Jefe and Pres­i­dent for Life of the SPRIGATEAL Duck Club in the Suisun Marsh. He also en­joyed tak­ing short rides on smooth roads south of town to hunt dove in the Sono­ran Desert near Alamos, Mex­ico.

For nearly 40 years Jack most looked for­ward to the fam­ily salmon fish­ing trips he or­ga­nized to Rivers In­let, Bri­tish Columbia. With his frus­trat­ingly de­lib­er­ate fish­ing style, Jack showed his much younger col­leagues how it was done, reg­u­larly land­ing 50-pound king salmon well into his eight­ies.

Jack’s St. He­lena veg­etable gar­den was a source of im­mense pride, the bounty of which he shared with his many friends and fam­ily. For Jack, there was no bet­ter way to cap off a day out­side or with fam­ily than with a Bom­bay Gib­son with a twist, in a stemmed glass.

He was pre­de­ceased by his older brother, Pete An­der­son and his daugh­ter-in­law Jill Waggener An­der­son.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, Diane, Jack is sur­vived by his sis­ter Ellin Firth, also of Pied­mont; his chil­dren Ellin An­der­son Pur­dom (Ned), John Blair An­der­son (Liz) and Michael Dwight An­der­son; and his grand­chil­dren Ted and Char­lie Pur­dom and Jack and Caro­line An­der­son. He is also sur­vived by his nieces Catherine Hughes and El­iz­a­beth Hughes Si­mon­etti (Paul) and his grand niece and nephew, Jane and Peter Si­mon­etti.

A pri­vate fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion of Jack’s life is planned.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily sug­gests a do­na­tion in mem­ory of Jack to a char­ity of your choice.

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