Jack Lee Saunders

Jack Lee Saunders, Retired President of Saunders and Associates, Inc.

Jack Lee Saunders, 81, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and uncle passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Friday, September 10, 2010.

Jack was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Paul J Saunders and Lillian Elizabeth Banther Saunders on May 9, 1929. Following his mother’s death in 1933 the family moved to Colorado, where he later graduated in physics from Colorado State University. He attended Officers Candidate School and was appointed Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

As a physicist, Jack played an important role in the research and design to supply the communications and data systems for the Apollo Spacecraft missions, while working at Collins Radio in Newport Beach, California. In 1966, he moved his family to Scottsdale, Arizona. A year later, he founded Saunders & Associates, which provided consultation to the quartz crystal industry. Jack built the company into an electronic test equipment provider, shipping to divisions of virtually all of the major component, automotive, and electrical equipment manufacturers in the U.S. as well as to 50 countries. Jack received the IEEE C.B Sawyer Memorial Award in 1993 for “leadership in the development and manufacture of quartz resonator measurement equipment used throughout the industry”.

At work and at home he was known as “J Lovable”. Jack retired to Williamsburg, Virginia in 2000, where he enjoyed his retirement taking cruises, traveling with his wife, and playing golf with friends in Kingsmill. He lived each day to its fullest, and his kindness and wisdom touched many lives. Jack is survived by his wife Pat Saunders, daughters Kris Wetherill and Kim Smith, granddaughter Alisha Wetherill, son-in-law Vince Smith, and his nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A private family service has been held. A celebration of his life will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 (www.heritagehumanesociety.org) or the American Cancer Society (for lung cancer), PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (www.cancer.org).