Jack Earl Shell


Sept 13, 1934 – August 7, 2018

Jack Earl Shell, son of George William and Elfreda Olive Limb Shell, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 7, 2018 in Salt Lake City. Jack is survived by his loving wife Jeanne Grotegut Shell of Centerville, Utah; Tracee Shell (Roger) Comstock of Mapleton, Utah; Leslie Shell (Brian) Benner of Phoenix, Arizona and Stephanie Shell (David) Lund of Mesa, Arizona. He is also survived by sisters Verla Richardson Johnson and Sylvia (Oren Vall) Petersen. 

Jack attended Snow College, B.Y.U., the U of U. and then the University of Wyoming where he earned his Ph.D. He was chosen as one of twelve scholars from across the United Sates to participate in the prestigious program to earn his doctorate. He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and was a tireless advocate of Vocational Education in both Utah and Arizona. He grew attendance at the Davis Area Vocational Center tenfold while there, and from two buildings to a 65-acre campus. He also created new and innovative programs for what is now known as Davis Technical College. He retired as superintendent of D.A.V.C. with 33 years in Education. He then moved to Arizona where he developed the East Valley Institute of Technology, a $46-million dollar campus for technical training of secondary and adult students. He retired in 2000 with eight years in Arizona making a total of 41 years as an educator.

Jack was an active member of the LDS Church and held many positions. He never lost his sense of humor or love of teasing. He loved time with his family, fishing, traveling, sports, gardening and boating. He will be remembered with much love, and many laughs from his beloved wife, daughters, many grand-and great-grandchildren, and all who knew him for the kind, loving and generous spirit he continuously exhibited.

His celebration of life services include a viewing at Centerville 6th Ward located at 900 South 400 East on August 10, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, August, 11, 2018, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. His funeral will start at 11 a.m in the chapel. He will be buried in the Spanish Fork Cemetery.  Online guestbook available at www.russonmortuary.com.

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