Jack Faatz Is Laid to Rest and Remembered
Jack Bernard Faatz, long-time campus resident and retired Laurelbrook purchasing agent, was laid to rest in the Laurelbrook Cemetery in a graveside ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m. on July 3, 2016. Mark Cox, the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church pastor, officiated at the ceremony. Jack Faatz died Thursday, June 30, in the evening in his campus home.
A memorial service in the Laurelbrook church followed. It began with a piano prelude by Mark Kent. Mark Cox followed with prayer and scripture reading, reading Psalm 23 “1 ¶ « A Psalm of David. » The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
Mark Kent sang “Over Yonder” as a vocal solo, accompanying himself on the piano. Kenneth Coonley delivered a message. Following are some notes on his message:
John Gilbreath followed with a few reminiscences. Following are some notes on his talk:
- Jack Faatz loved the sea due to his naval service.
- Jack’s life was a life well-lived, loving the Lord.
- John 12 promises that God would honor Jack if Jack honored him.
- John the Revelator said that blessed are those who die in the Lord.
- Those who die happy in Jesus die that way because they were happy in Jesus throughout their lives.
- Jack got to look forward to the resurrection and an eternal life with Christ.
- Jack rests from fighting a worn out heart.
- In Job 5, it says that believers would come to the grave with the satisfaction of a full life.
- He was married 72 years to Louise, had three daughters and one son, and had 93 years of life.
- 56 years ago Kenneth Coonley became acquainted with Jack. Jack offered him a job making artificial limbs, helped Kenneth build his confidence, and helped him with various issues.
- Louise would follow Kenneth around the shop, reading books to him. Jack got upset because he was paying Kenneth by the hour.
- He looks forward to heaven to be with Jesus – and Jack.
- Jack shows us all how to live and die with dignity.
- The psalmist says the Lord looks on the deaths of his saints as precious because the Lord delights in all phases of a saint’s life.
- Death reveals the finished work of God in a saint’s life. Each saint is removed from the devil’s reach and some of the horrible problems people encounter here on earth.
- Jack ministered to others in his own special way.
- Testimonies to Ministers, p. 429 – Ellen White says that a saint’s influence lives on after he/she dies.
- In 1 John 5, Christ gives us the assurance of eternal life.
- John 14:1-3 “1 ¶ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.”
- 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 “51 ¶ Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory?”
- Jack believed these promises; it gave him the certainty of eternal life.
- In Psalm 16, it promises saints the pleasures of life evermore.
- Joy comes in the morning. Claim these promises.
- Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of Jack Faatz, one of His saints.
Clayton and Clifton Brandt and Kristi Armstrong sang “Never Part Again”, accompanied by Mark Kent on the piano. Kristi Armstrong and Clayton and Clifton Brandt echoed each other on the chorus.
- Jack Faatz shaped a lot of people’s lives by having a keen interest in people and by observing people.
- In 5th grade, Jack was his Sabbath School teacher. One week he asked John to memorize some scripture verses but John forgot. John was told that he was expected to take part personally in the Sabbath School.
- Jack asked John to mow his lawn and various other things.
- John was directed to Jack’s business by John’s dad one Monday morning, becoming a part time employee of Jack’s.
- Jack would let you know when you were out of step with whatever was needed.
- Kenneth Coonley and Jack were partners but left the business to do other things for the Lord. Jack moved to Laurelbrook, and Kenneth entered the ministry, eventually becoming the president of the Carolina Conference.
Kenneth Coonley had the closing prayer. Mark Kent followed with a piano postlude. Dinner was afterwards served at the Laurelbrook Lodge.
Audience members were invited to give their own recollections of Jack Faatz during the program. Following are some notes on their memories:
Note: Jack Faatz served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and then ran an prosthetics company in Florida before he came to Laurelbrook to be in charge of Laurelbrook's purchasing department. Following his retirement from the purchasing department, he continued living in the campus home he had built until his recent death.
- Paul Frechette first knew Jack when Paul and his wife came to look over the place. Jack and Louise became like family to Paul. Paul appreciated what Jack and Louise stood for.
- Raymond Landon was eleven years old when he went to Jack’s house to learn woodworking. He remembers the long and detailed stories that shaped his life. Jack inspired him to go into the prosthetics field. Raymond last year graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in the field.
- One lady came to this school when only fourteen years old. Jack’s and Louise’s life illustrated what a beautiful relationship could be with no yelling at each other. In the little things, Jack showed her the proper relationship with God. When she was discouraged one time, Jack read some Bible verses to her and told her she was a pearl of great price.
- Ron Oxentenko met Jack when he was 14. The Faatzs helped Ron and his siblings with club fees despite the fact that he and his brothers were slightly rebellious.
- One Faatz daughter felt he had always fair to the point she felt (as a teenager) might have been slightly unfair. If her dad said he would do something, it was done. He really cared about people and was a wonderful father.
- Jacqueline Miller knew Jack for five years. Jack and Louise invited her over for lunch, taking an interest in her physical condition.
- Jack Faatz, Jr. noticed that Jack would always express his love to Louise every evening.
- Louise Faatz noticed that Jack was not a very romantic sailor. He figured if the marriage didn’t work out that he could get a divorce. He was a perfectionist, a wonderful husband and provider, and the one God had picked out for her.
- Clifton Brandt remembered that the Faatz family built a house with a large living room so they could have the students over.
Clayton Brandt – local church elder / works with Laurelbrook’s heavy equipment
Clifton Brandt – local head church deacon / works with Laurelbrook’s boiler, sewer, and water systems
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook campus
John Gilbreath – owns Limb and Brace Company in Chattanooga / worked with Jack Faatz in Florida
Kenneth Coonley – retired president of the Carolina Conference
Kristi Armstrong – Laurelbrook graduate serving with her husband David in Nepal where they work with children’s Sabbath Schools
Mark Cox – pastor of the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church (as well as other area Adventist churches)
Mark Kent – Laurelbrook IT person
Paul Frechette – retired Laurelbrook business manager
Ron Oxentenko – Laurelbrook graduate / former Laurelbrook president / former Laurelbrook business manager