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Jack L. Sabin

December 23, 2005

Jack Louis Sabin, beloved Ashland pharmacist, husband, and father, passed away in his home with his family gathered around him on Tuesday, December 20th at the age of 69. He leaves a rich legacy of caring for the community he loved and which loved him so much in return. His smiling face and personal approach to health care was an Ashland fixture for thousands of Rogue Valley residents for more than 30 years.

Born October 13, 1936 in Rockford, Illinois, he proudly served his country for two years during the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1956 and pursued his degree in pharmacy at the University of Illinois in Chicago, graduating in 1960. He was married to Donna Rae Jacobson on June 18, 1960 in Rockford, Illinois, and began his professional career at the Lenz Pharmacy in Rockford that same year.

In 1963, he moved to Sycamore, Illinois, where he purchased one of Lenz's pharmacies, changing the name to Sabin & Son Sycamore Pharmacy. He continued there until 1971 when he sold the business and relocated to Ashland, allowing him to be closer to extended family and adopt a slower pace of life. There, he was employed by Ashland Drug as a pharmacist, later purchasing the business where he would continue as owner/operator until his retirement in 2002.

He served his community in numerous ways, through his church, through Rotary Club, and as a member of the Ashland Hospital Foundation and Ashland Hospital Board. His hobbies included golfing and crafting his own golf clubs, fishing, reading, sightseeing, and listening to jazz.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Donna Rae; his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Becky Sabin of Boise, Idaho; his daughter and son-in-law, Pete and Tanya Castro of Fremont, California; his son Steve and grandchild Benjamin, of Gardnerville, Nevada; a nephew, Matthew Sabin, of Middletown, Connecticut; and a niece, Stephanie Sabin, of San Diego, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Evelyn Sabin, both of Rockford, Illinois.

A memorial service celebrating his life and relocation to an address with gold-paved streets will be held Tuesday, Dec. 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ashland. Arrangements are being handled by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home of Ashland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Ashland Hospital Foundation and Ashland Hospital Hospice.