Carl Jackson Deese, “Jack,” (74) died peacefully on September 29 in Raleigh, NC surrounded by family.
Jack, son of Glennie Nola Deese & Carl Clayton Deese (both deceased), is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dorothy Jean Deese, four daughters, Carla Deese Murdock, Raina Kathleen Conner, Julie Deese Powers, Darla Christina McElfresh, all of Raleigh, and two stepdaughters, Sandi Hiltbruner, and Kathie Winebarger. Jack is also survived by brother, Max Deese and his wife Joyce Deese of Charlotte, NC, sister, Delores Austin and husband Jerry Austin of Largo, FL, sister in law, Peggy Deese of Charlotte, NC, ten grandchildren, and 4 great granddaughters. Jack is preceded in death by his brother, Joe Deese of Charlotte, NC, stepdaughter, Cheryl Hall, and grandson, Adam Wade Carter.
Jack graduated from NC State University in 1962 with a degree in engineering, and he began a successful career in the steel and construction industry with his father. Soon thereafter, he opened his own private firm, JDA Engineers, where he excelled in both public and private sector projects. Over the years, he made many friends, and came to be known as a trustworthy and reliable business partner in the engineering field where he was well respected for his design work of numerous commercial structures throughout North Carolina.
Having many interests, Jack was a passionate golfer—one of his fondest memories was a hole-in-one at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on Centennial Campus at the age of 70, where Arnold Palmer presented him with a signed plaque. Jack loved to travel with his wife, Dot, and they took annual trips to Myrtle Beach with close friends, and traveled throughout Europe.
Those who knew Jack knew him as an honest and generous man who would often extend his hand to help others in need; he was considered the rock of the family, and the one that everyone could always count on. Jack will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh, on Wednesday, October 1st from 2:00-4:00 p.m.