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.