John T. “Jack” Carpenter

John T. “Jack” Carpenter

August 5, 1936 – July 14, 2022

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Roberta and Jack Carpenter; brother, Capt. Robert Carpenter, USN (Ret.), and sister-in-law, Carol Carpenter.  He is survived by Mary, his wife of 61 years; son, John Carpenter (Kim); granddaughter, Anne; daughter, Molly Garriott (Jim) and grandchildren: James, Mary Kate and Emma; daughter, Mary Jennifer McGrory (Kevin) and grandsons, Harry and Eamonn; sisters: Gail Madrid, Kathleen Kester, and Terese Carpenter; numerous nieces and nephews.

VISITATION begins Thursday, July 21st at 10am, followed by Vigil Service at 10:30am and MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 11am, all at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St.  Memorials are suggested to St. Margaret Mary Parish, Siena/Francis House, and Marian High School.

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Born on August 5, 1936 in the Bronx, New York, to Roberta and Jack Carpenter and raised in New Jersey, Jack attended parochial schools in New Jersey and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1958 and Fordham School of Law in 1963.  He was a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving as a Company Commander with the 9th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California, from 1958 to 1960.

Jack married Omaha native Mary Virginia Clapp of Laguna Beach, California at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Omaha on August 26, 1961.  He was admitted to the Nebraska Bar in June of 1963 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981.  His legal affiliations included presidency of the Nebraska Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates, 1978-1980; fellowships in the American College of Trial Lawyers, 1988 and International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1983; and advocate with the American Board of Trial Advocates, 1977.

Active in the Catholic Church, Jack served on the boards of Mount Michael Benedictine School, Creighton Preparatory School, Roncalli Catholic High School, Marian High School, and Madonna School and Community Based Services.  He enjoyed a 50-year history with the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight of Council 5287 from 1966 to 1968, state officer for 16 years, and State Deputy of Nebraska from 1976 to 1978.  He was also a member of the Serra Club of Omaha, the Archbishop’s Committee for Educational Development, the Catholic League (Nebraska Chapter President), a Eucharistic Minister of 40 years, and daily communicant until his health prevented.

Jack retired from his firm, Carpenter and Rowen, P.C., in 2000 after 37 years of practice as a plaintiffs attorney.  He loved his family and Notre Dame, and he enjoyed golf, travel, good company, wine, bringing roses to Mary every Saturday, and fly-fishing worldwide.  Western Montana was his second home.



  • Dick and Althea Bugay Posted July 16, 2022 4:43 pm

    Mary we are so sorry for the loss of your loving husband and our good friend.. prayers!!

  • Dick and Althea Bugay Posted July 16, 2022 5:21 pm

    Mary, we are so sorry for the loss of your loving husband and our good friend! Prayers

  • Kerrie and Eugene McGrory. Posted July 16, 2022 5:34 pm

    Our sincerest sympathies to the Carpenter family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Lisa Levy Posted July 17, 2022 7:05 am

    My deepest condolences to all of the Carpenter family.

  • Vernon Daniels Posted July 17, 2022 9:18 am

    Mr. Carpenter was not only a gifted attorney, counselor, and legal strategist, He was a kind and generous person who was never too busy to share his time and talents to “newly minted” attorneys.
    I never tired of watching him in court and remain appreciative of the advice he provided. My thoughts are with his family.
    vernon daniels

  • Harold and Barbara Schultz Posted July 18, 2022 5:26 am

    Our comforting thoughts and prayers for the Carpenter family.

  • Steven j LEFLER Posted July 18, 2022 1:54 pm

    i was lucky enough to work on some cases with jack as a young attorney. i learned so much from him. we actually had to travel to lajoya, calif for a case. i always admired jack as a lion in the law, but on that trip i was able to see what a great guy he was. and i’ll never forget how much he talked about and loved his family. peace to him and you.

  • Maya Brym Posted July 18, 2022 2:10 pm

    Our condolences and good wishes to Mary, Jenny, and the entire Carpenter family.

  • Jim Cunningham Posted July 18, 2022 2:31 pm

    Deeply saddened to learn of Jack’s passing. Sincerest condolences to the family. Jack was one of my all-time favorite professional acquaintances. I respected him greatly and so enjoyed our conversations..

  • Karen Marston Posted July 18, 2022 4:40 pm

    Jenny, so sorry for the loss of your father, deepest condolences to you and all of your family.

  • Sinead Syndicas Posted July 18, 2022 4:50 pm

    Dear Jenny & family,
    Very sorry to hear of your dads passing. Know too well what a difficult time this is for you all. Thinking of you and sending our condolences. Love, Sinead, Peter, Luan & Aisling Syndicas.

  • Tobias Klaus Dammert Posted July 18, 2022 6:40 pm

    Dear Mary and family,
    On behalf of the monastic community of Christ the King Priory in Schuyler, I extend to you my deepest sympathy.. Jack’s suffering is over – now we all have an intercessor in heaven. May he rest in God’s loving embrace and may you all be comforted. For the community:
    Br. Tobias

  • Greg Schatz Posted July 19, 2022 7:31 am

    My deepest sympathy to the Carpenter family. Jack was a steady source of advice and support for me in the legal business, and we shared some great stories with my dad having served in the Marine Corps, and our love of Notre Dame. Jack was truly a gentleman. May he rest in peace.

  • Margaret E Menninger Posted July 19, 2022 9:15 am

    So sorry for your loss, Mary and family. All my love, Margaret

  • Carole (Thibodeau) Tucker and Robin Posted August 26, 2022 8:32 am

    Mary, so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. We have so many good memories from childhood as neighbors, especially the Dodge Park picnics. You are in our Prayers and God Bless John, Molly, and Jen. Love, Carole & Robin Tucker, Cedar Rapids, IA

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