Memorial Service: Saturday, August 12, 2006, 12:00 Noon
Location: Sunrise Funeral Home, 8167 E. Hwy 69, Prescott Valley, AZ
Captain Jack Emerson Gladney, age 85, died July 20, 2006 in Dewey, AZ.
He was born in Phoenix, AZ to Albert and Helen (Dodds) Gladney.
Jack began his flying career in a 40 H.P. Taylor craft in 1939, while
attending Phoenix Junior College and was in the original CPT (Civilian
Pilot Training) program, graduating in the first class in 1941. During
WWII Jack instructed future instructors in the War Training Service
Program. Later, he flew under contract for the Air Transport Command
while employed by one of the first local service airlines, Southwest
Airways. Jack finished WWII as a flight instructor for RAF pilots at
Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona. On December 16, 1946, Jack was employed as
a First Officer and checked out as a Captain in 1947. Subsequently, he
flew for Pacific Airlines, Air West and Hughes Airwest (now Republic
Jack was memorialized in Jim Dawson’s 2002 book entitled "The RAF in
Arizona Falcon Field 1941-1945” (Southwest Airways Flight Instructor)
during WWII, when he trained members of the RAF.
In 1981, Jack married Jackie, his loving wife and life companion
(playmate). After retirement, Jack pursued his other interests,
including fishing, carving, hunting, skeet shooting and served as
President of the Prescott Gun Club. In 1974 Jack built his own house in
Jack is survived by his wife Jackie; his daughters are Gale Emerson,
Folsom, CA and Rita Lucas (Jim), Los Altos, CA; stepdaughters, Terri
Sherrod (Rick), Phoenix and Tammi Gregor (Marc), Phoenix; stepsons,
Steven Shroyer (Sylvia) and Kim Shroyer (Denise); step-grandchildren,
Robert Rihr, Joshua Shroyer, Amelia and Alexander Shroyer, Kayla and
Memorial service in honor of Jack will be held Saturday August 12, 2006
at 12:00 P.M. at Sunrise Funeral Home Chapel in Prescott Valley.