Jack Raymond Story

Jack Raymond Story
Jack Raymond Story


Jack Raymond Story passed away at home with loving family and friends at his bedside on Monday, January 2, 2017. He was born on July the fifth, 1934, in Fallbrook, Calif., the son of Clarence and Myrtis Story, owners of Fallbrook’s Story’s Dairy, and eldest brother of Clifford Story, Margaret Edmondson, and Phyllis Cauble. He was a lifetime resident of Fallbrook where he attended local elementary and high schools and competed in Gymkhana events.

Jack spent two years playing in an army band in South Carolina during 1956-57. While there, he met his sweetheart, Shirley Seyfer; they married in 1957. Upon completion of his military service, he returned to his beloved hometown and entered into an agriculture career growing and managing avocado and citrus trees. His day job was enjoyed mostly outdoors at Bartlett Farm Management yet he also freelanced in multiple areas of expertise.

He and Shirley raised three children in Fallbrook, Ray Story, Gayla Narike, and Lydia Knopf, and were always active in the Fallbrook United Methodist Church and community.

Jack’s avocation was music, both vocal and instrumental. He was a longtime director and member of Palomar Pacific Chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society, tenor in the 4 City 4 Barbershop Quartet, as well as director and member of the Fallbrook United Methodist church choir.

He played reed instruments in dance bands, community concert bands, and musical theater venues such as Fallbrook’s Mission Theater Playhouse. His main instrument was tenor saxophone. In addition to his love of music, he also enjoyed tennis, entrepreneurship (co-founder of The Fallbrook Tennis Club and The Grand Tradition), leadership service as former president of the Fallbrook Historical Society, writing personal music compositions, children’s literature, and most recently, offering his creativity through “A glimpse into the past” in the Village News.

He was adored by his family and will be sorely missed, however, our consolation rests in his sweet parting words, “See you in heaven!” (John 14:1-3; I Cor. 15:50-57)

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Myrtis Story, and his brother, Clifford Story. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Story; his children, Raymond Story (Danni), Gayla Narike (Randal), and Dr. Lydia Knopf (Greg); his sisters, Margaret Edmondson (Jack), and Phyllis Cauble (Terry); six doting grandchildren: Danielle and Shelby Narike, Geoffrey, Joshua, Jacob, and Jeremiah Knopf, and an uncle, Dorin (Dode) Martin, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In remembrance of Jack, please consider contributions to the Fallbrook United Methodist Church, Fallbrook Historical Society, or Palomar Pacific Chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society.


3 Responses to "Jack Raymond Story"

  1. Lydia Knopf (Story)   January 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    My dad very much enjoyed serving his community throughout his lifetime and most recently with the articles he wrote, “A Glimpse of History.” Thank you to all who read his now poignantly treasured historical pieces he “penned.” He was encouraged and blessed to hear from many of you about the inspiration and enjoyment they brought to you. May his love and passion for this community and all who reside in it live on in and through you as you find unique ways to make a positive difference in your various spheres of influence.

  2. Chad S.   January 24, 2017 at 8:13 am

    My sympathies in the passing of your loved one. Though I didn’t know Jack Story I recognized the family name as one of my earliest memories, while in Mrs. Jamison’s Kindergarten class (1955), was drinking Story’s Dairy milk with lunch. My best to the family.

  3. John & Jackie Sawyer   February 4, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Shirley and Family,
    Jackie and I send our deepest sympathy in your loss. We have missed you so much through the years since we left Vista and have such fond memories of our times together with Pal-Pac and my pride in occasionally woodshedding with the 4 City 4. I know Jack will now be singing “The Old Songs” in heaven with Dick, Charlie and Lloyd and any others needing a fourth voice. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.


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