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Farewell to SEFSD Member Jack Hix

“Dearest friends of Jack,

My name is Sara, and I am Jack’s daughter. This post is to let you all know that, early Easter morning, my Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep. He had been receiving absolutely wonderful care for the past nine days from the staff at Day Break Retirement Villa and Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care. Everyone involved with both these organizations was so skilled at helping us navigate this difficult time under such extraordinary circumstances. We never imagined we would be saying goodbye to him over video chat, but the universe does what it does, and you just have to roll with the punches. I will be forever grateful to the staff at Day Break and Seasons. They made this confluence of events as easy as it could possibly have been considering this previously unfathomable scenario. They are truly gifted care providers, for both patient and family. Though we were not by his side, they were able to provide enough connection to make us feel that, in a way, we were there. From the bottom of my heart, I thank them.

My mom, Mary, has moved in with my brother, Jesse, and sister-in-law, Laura Mae, in Richmond, CA. The three of them are enjoying each other’s company and sharing this experience together with deep love and gratitude for our cherished family. My husband, Joel, and I are able to video chat with them several times a day and, for that, we are thankful. I await the moment when we can all wrap our arms around each other again. There will be tears that day.

Once the shelter in place order is lifted, the five of us will be having a memorial service and burial of his ashes which we will live stream here. I will make sure to provide updates as to when that will be taking place. I know how dearly loved my dad was by so many of you. I know you all treasured the amazing, funny, kind, and endlessly brilliant person he was. Please feel free to comment on this post with any pictures of him you’d like to share or stories you’d like to tell about him. Don’t spare the details. Go on at length. Make us laugh like he would have. Since social media is all we have right now, let’s make good use of it. My love to you all. I know my Dad is at peace, and I hope we can use the connections we make here to bring some peace to each other.

-@Sara Jane Hix”


We lost a great club member recently, Jack Hix.  Most of the current members may have never met Jack, but you would remember if you had.  He has not flown much in the last 10 years or so.  Jack was an outstanding modeler and great story teller.  Always quick with a joke and had a tremendous sense of humor.  I think that is what I’ll miss most about him.  I remember him coming out to the field so pleased with his latest creation and ready to show it off.  His attention to detail was inspiring.  Some of his models are shown below like his Mini-Mamba, Old Timer, etc. 

For those members who were around then, Jack provided his expertise as a graphic designer to create the wonderful logos for our yearly events such as the Mid-Winter Electrics, Spring Fling or Fall Fun Fest.  Some of his designs are below.

I can still hear his laughter. – Steve B.


“As for Jack Hix in addition to him being a most excellent modeler and builder of miniature airplanes it he was also the the leading pool shark of, I think he lives in Vista, but the local senior center he regularly clean them out of a couple hundred dollars a night just shooting pool with them.” – Wayne W.