Jack Mann dies at the age of 89

Generations of students, parents, alumni in Woodlake, Orosi, Visalia and Lindsay mourn the passing of Jack Mann


VISALIA – Jack Mann expected a lot out of the students he educated for more than 40 years, the players he coached for a half century and the Valley he called home for his entire life. And they loved him for it.

Jack Emerson Mann of Visalia, Calif. passed away on Sept. 5, 2017 at the age of 89. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at the Visalia United Methodist Church, 5200 W. Caldwell Ave. in Visalia. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s name can be made to the Ronald McDonald House, Shriners Children’s Hospital or the SCICON Outdoor School.

Mann was born on Jan. 13, 1928 in Taft, Calif. in the Central Valley, where he lived his entire life. After graduating from Exeter High School and Fresno State University, Mann embarked on a 40-year career as a coach and educator. His career began at Woodlake High School teaching and coaching football and baseball, earning seven CIF Championships in six years. In 1956, Jack accepted the position as Principal at Orosi High School, eventually becoming Superintendent of Schools for the Cutler-Orosi Unified School District. In 1981 Mr. Mann went to work for Lindsey Unified School District until his retirement in 1990. He retired to Visalia where he has lived for the last 35 years.

Mann leaves a legacy that encompasses a love of education, a love of family and a love for people in general. He held people to a higher standard, a level of expectation that required nothing less than the very best and in the end helped generations of student and student athletes achieve more than they thought possible.

Jack was also active in many organizations over the years. He was the first President of Block F at Fresno State, a member of the SAE Fraternity, a Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, Kiwanis, the Tulare County Grand Jury, the Visalia United Methodist Church and the lead for many numerous fundraisers.

Anyone fortunate enough to meet Jack, could attest to his skills as a conversationalist. He was always the first to say hello, to shake a hand, make an introduction, and smile at a child. His family often declared that it was not possible to go ANYWHERE, that there was not someone who he knew. The list of lives that have been touched and made better by Jack Emerson Mann is long and impressive.

Jack is survived by his wife of 67 years, Norma Mann; his children, Denise Garza and her husband John of Visalia, Bill Mann and his wife Katie of Visalia and Kami Mann Castillo of Oceanside; and his brothers, Earl Mann of Woodlake and Ralph Mann of Wisconsin. He lives on in the lives of his 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Mr. Mann was preceded in death by his son-in-law Eddie Castillo.

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