John “Jack” Marcus Scoville, Sr.
John “Jack” Marcus Scoville, Sr, 91 of Orlando, FL, born in Daytona Beach, FL on March 16, 1930, left after a life well-lived, for his next journey on June 23, 2021. He was a resident of Orlando, FL since 2020, formerly of Cape Coral, FL, Ocala, FL, and Southern MD.
Jack is preceded in death by his devoted wife, Joyce, of 66 years in February 2020. Jack married Joyce in Hyattsville, MD in 1954. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Scoville and Iva Creech-Owens. He is also preceded in death by his brothers Joseph “Jay” Scoville, Thomas “Mickey” Scoville, Frank “Frankie” Scoville, sisters Jane Curran and Marianna Bell and a close cousin, Dwight “Ike” Scovitch. Jack is survived by brother Steve “Toby” Scoville, sister Linda Chakwin (Bill), and a very close cousin, Maria Camelio (Bill). Jack is also survived by his sons John M. (Mark) Scoville, Jr. and Gary Scoville, as well as daughter Janine Scoville. He also leaves behind cherished grandchildren Joshua Scoville (Katie), Justin Scoville, Erin Scoville-Clees (Mike), and Kaitlyn Scoville, along with great-grandchildren Olivia, Xander, Callie, Cassidy, and Amelia, all of whom will miss their Pop Pop.
In 1938, Jack moved to Maryland from Florida. From 1947 to 1951, he was an auto mechanic at Montgomery Stubbs Motors in Silver Spring, MD. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955 and in the USAF Reserves from 1955 to 1959. In the USAF, he was a Staff Sergeant, a member of the 69th Strategic Air Command as well as the 38th Air Division/308 Air Refueling Squadron at Hunter AFB in Savannah, GA. During his service, he was awarded the Goal Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
Jack worked briefly at Bolling AFB and Andrews AFB but ultimately chose Ft. Belvoir in Virginia as his permanent employer. As a civil service employee at Ft. Belvoir in the U.S. Department of the Army, he served as an instructor for Army and foreign military personnel and civilian personnel. Topics of classes he conducted included the theory, operation, maintenance, and repair of gas turbine engines. He received letters of commendation in 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1972 for excellent performance as an instructor in the Ft. Belvoir Missile Support Division/Power Pack Branch and as the Chief of the Engine Fundamentals Section. In 1976, Jack received a letter of commendation for his performance as a supervisory training instructor in the Gas Turbine Section of Special Equipment Branch, Mechanical Division. He retired from Ft. Belvoir in 1986 as a Training Specialist in the Military Engineering, Directorate of Training and Doctrine, Extension Training Branch
Jack’s passions included flying small single prop planes, which arose from building and flying model airplanes when he was younger. For several years, he co-owned a Cessna 150. In the early 1960s, he spent many hours flying out of the historical College Park airport in College Park, MD, joined willingly and sometimes unwillingly, by his sons Mark and Gary. Later in life, as a licensed small plane pilot instructor, he spent many hours with students, flying out of Hyde Field in Clinton, MD. His passion for most things airplanes was shared with another favorite pastime, restoring antique cars, including a prized 1964 Ford Galaxie that he restored and entered in competitions and for which he received several awards from the Antique Automobile Club of America of Cape Coral, FL. Being a practical man, and having experienced hard times as a kid in much of the Depression in the 1930’s, he was also known to create contraptions and gizmos out of much of nothing that he believed would help him with personal projects. To this end, Jack was a consummate “Piddler” in the garage of every house that he and Joyce owned or rented.
Those close to Jack will likely remember him the most for his witty sayings, his practicality and ingenuity, and his love of life and family.
Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, July 22, 2021 at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241 (https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/sarasota.asp).
In lieu of flowers, please celebrate Jack’s memory and his life by donating to your favorite charity.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.