Jack Frager

June 3, 1933 - April 15, 2007




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John D. (Jack) Frager, 73 passed away in La Jolla at Scripps Green Hospital on April 15, 2007. 

Jack is survived by his wife Val, daughter Gina Hixson, and sons John, Mike and Jim Frager.  He was also proud of his 11 grandchildren – Robbie Hixson, Halsey Hixson, Courtney Frager, Katie Frager, James Hixson, Jillian Frager, Victoria Frager, Jennie Frager, Lauren Frager, Jack Frager and Mollie Frager, all of San Diego.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Mabel Frager and his brother, Richard. 

Jack was born on June 3, 1933 in Topeka, Kansas, but he spent most of his childhood in Abilene, Texas.  He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, and then joined the U.S. Navy where he went on to complete his Naval Aviator training in Pensacola, Florida.  His first assignment brought him to San Diego in 1955, where he was assigned to the jet attack squadron VA-146 at Miramar Naval Air Station. 

He met his wife, Valmere I. Dessert, at a Navy Officer’s ball, while on his first tour on the U.S.S. Hornet in Japan.  It was a blind date arranged by Admiral Rodee’s staff and the two were married in her home town of El Centro, CA, shortly thereafter, with all of Jack’s squadron mates serving as his groomsmen.  The happy couple would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this November.

After a short stint as a banker, Jack began working as a stockbroker.  His discipline and great humor served him well; giving him many friends and clients during his 36 year career.  When he retired, Jack was the manager of one of the most productive offices in the country for a major national brokerage firm
He enjoyed being social, participating is such groups as: the San Diego Stock & Bond Club, the Aspiring Toastmasters and Tycoons, and the Tailhook Association.  Jack was also a member at the La Jolla Country Club, and enjoyed the annual Snow Goose Golf Group’s trips.  He was passionate about travel; and was working to complete his goal of visiting and playing the Top 100 golf courses in the country.

He also worked on community and civic projects with the United Way, All Hallows Church, the University of San Diego, the La Jolla Rotary, Scripps Memorial Hospital, and the Whittier Institute for Diabetes, and the St. Madeline Sophie Center.  He enjoyed family dinners, golf, tennis, working in the garden, flying, and spending quality time with his friends.  He was truly a gracious entertainer, who had a great zest for life and loved fine food, cooking and wine.  

Jack will be remembered by all as a loving husband, father, and friend.  He was a man highly regarded for his warm and friendly personality.  

In lieu of flowers the family would like to have donations sent to:  The Whittier Institute for Diabetes, 9894 Genesee Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037, phone: 1-877-WHITTIER, email: