John B. “Jack” Trimble, Beta Phi ’50, who spent 25 years on the Arizona campus and retired in 1978 as associate director and director of physical resources, died January 10, 2017 at the age of 91.
He was born in Sioux City, Iowa on January 29, 1925. He and his family moved to Tucson in 1926. Brother Trimble Jack graduated from Tucson High School in 1943 and the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he served as a B-17 pilot. He attended the University of Arizona when he pledge Sigma Chi and obtained a degree in civil engineering in 1950.
During the Korean War 1951-1953 he served as an officer in the Air Force as a civil engineer in Japan. After Korea, Jack returned to Tucson and began his career at the UA. He oversaw and supervised all campus buildings, grounds and police department. During this time the campus grew from 94 to 310 acres, 57 major buildings were constructed including McKale Center, expansion of the stadium and the medical school and hospital. He oversaw more than 1,200 plus employees.
After retiring Brother Trimble worked until 1981 for Defco Construction. Co. as supervisor of heavy construction. From 198-92 he and his son established Trimble Engineering. In 1992 Jack again retired and worked part time as an engineering consultant, continued surveying and was a pilot for McClain Aerial Surveying.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda in 1984 and his wife, Chris in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette. He is also survived by son Tom and daughter Kelly, six grandchildren, one great-grandson and numerous step-grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project. Memorial Service will be at p.m., January 29, 2017 at Funeraria del Angel South Lawn, 5401 S. Park Ave. with a light reception following.
All Honor to His Name