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Divita, Jack Samuel

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February 24, 1933 - June 21, 2018

Divita, Jack Samuel

Jack Samuel Divita, 85, of Flower Mound, TX entered into eternal peace on Thursday, June 21, 2018. He passed in his home under the care of hospice of natural causes while also battling Parkinson’s for the last 22 years.

His wife of 47 years, Eileen, passed away in 2014. He is survived by his children Paul, Karen, Nancy, and Mark; and seven grandchildren, Tricia, Katie, Bryce, Daniel, Nicole, Josh and Joseph. He is remembered and loved as an exceptional husband and father.

Jack held a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, and a masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois. He put his degrees to work on various projects in the booming aerospace industry and, notably, at Rocketdyne by working on the rocket engines for the Saturn V rocket that boosted the Apollo missions to the moon. The F-1 engine he worked on is still the most powerful liquid rocket engine ever made. After his aerospace career, he worked at the EPA as a director for the five state region based in Dallas, Texas.

In retirement, he and Eileen dedicated much of there time volunteering at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Plano, where they lived for about 20 years. He maintained the audio system and engineered and built many projects used by the church.

A funeral Mass will be held Friday, July 13th at 3:00 PM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2700 W Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75023.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either of the following:

Catholic Relief Services

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

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James J Divita

September 02, 2018 4:58PM

I spotted Jack's obit while browsing the internet today ((9/2/18). I am his first cousin, although I haven't seen him since he moved to CA many years ago (his father Sam and my dad Charlie were close brothers). We were both brought up in Chicago; he was my closest cousin since he too went to college. I have fond memories of him still, and wish his family my deepest sympathies.
James J. "Jim" Divita, Indianapolis

Matt Standefer

June 26, 2018 11:00PM

Jack was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. To me he was a gracious father-in-law and he and Eileen welcomed me into their family and gave me the love of my life, their daughter Karen. They were both very faithful Catholics and provided for less fortunate with both their efforts and finances. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”- 2 Timothy 4:7. Rest In Peace Jack