Jack E. Altman

September 02, 1952 ‒ November 19, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Jack Altman was intelligent and eccentric, resourceful and creative, and more than anything, caring….in his own unique way.  A loving and devoted husband, dad, and grandpa, Jack E. Altman, 68, of Lexington passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020, in Lois Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.

The son of Dwight and Eleanor (Smith) Altman, Jack was born September 2, 1952 in Marion.  He graduated from Lexington High School in 1970.  Jack served in the US NAVY and was honorably discharged on March 19, 1976.

For many years, Jack worked as a truck driver most recently for JB Hunt.  His most rewarding position was that of Flagger at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.  Jack worked the corners giving drivers updates throughout each race.  Jack loved racing and fast cars.  He followed NASCAR, dirt track and motorcycle racing.  Jack was always proud of his white Harley Davidson fully equipped with a sidecar.  It quickly became his family vehicle.

Jack loved Christmas and celebrated his favorite holiday year around.  Christmas lights remained displayed…he even hung them in his car.

Jacks quick wit brought laughter, comic relief….and sometimes a touch of annoyance to his family.  He was well read, always having a stack of books on the coffee table.  Jack could read a book, listen to the radio, search the internet and watch TV all at once!  His favorite genre’s were war documentaries and anything non-fiction.

Jack was all about functionality.  He viewed duct tape as a tool to fix just about anything.  He used the term “rare valuable” to describe any item that could be repurposed, reused, and was just too good to throw away.  His preferred car was….anything that ran.  More than anything, Jack had no place for titles, accolades or the limelight…he simply didn’t care what others thought.  Instead he viewed success in meaningful relationships.

Jack was a loved member at Ontario Christian Fellowship.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Becky Altman; children Jeremy (Hiromi) Altman, and Jaclyn Altman; step children Angela (Dean) Downing, Ivy Strong, Jamy Russell, and Mark Russell; eight grandchildren; two great grandchildren.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Steve Altman.

His family will receive friends, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 3-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 am.  Pastor Jim Garrett will officiate.  Wednesday’s funeral service will be live-streamed through the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Homes Facebook page.  Burial with military honors will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to assist his family with funeral expenses.  Please make check payable to Snyder Funeral Homes.

Online condolences to his family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Sincere Condolence to Jack’s family and all whose lives he touched. He will be missed. Rest in peace dear friend.

  • When I moved from California to work at Mid Ohio, Jack was the first to make me feel at home. On my last full day working at the track earlier this year, we hugged and I stated he was a very good man. That was the last time I saw him. Rest now my friend.

  • Jack,

    I’m extremely blessed to have called you Uncle. I will miss you so much…..your laugh, love of cars, commentary track to “Cops” and “Live PD”, Redneck Ingenuity, and last but certainly not least, your advice on all things duck tape. You were a good man; your devotion to family and friends could be seen by all. The world has lost a gentle soul too soon, but Heaven has gained an angel with a few trusty rolls of duck tape in hand.

    Aunt Becky, Jeremy, Jaclyn, Angie, Ivy, Jamy, and Mark, I’m so sorry Jack has left us. Jack will be missed by all who knew him.

  • Becky and family,
    May the peace of God be with you all. Jack was known as Prince to me; I don’t know why, but my hope is that he and his Prince of Peace are watching out for us all in the corners of the race we call life. God Bless us all.

  • Jack,
    It was an honor to know you and work with you at the race track. All the drivers and us flaggers knew you had our backs. You were always watching and alerting us of what was going on the track or of what would be occurring soon due to your experience and racing intuition. I will miss your voice on the Com and your being at Turn 12. Checkered flag to you Jack!

    Diane Tedeschi

  • I will miss spending time with you at Mid-Ohio….you were always there to lend a hand and not think anything about it. The creativity and ingenious ideas you would have always amazed me. I am lucky to have been able to call you a friend. Rest in Peace.

  • We were awfully saddened to hear about Jack’s passing. Hiromi and I will always remember how he made Hiromi’s family laugh at our wedding, despite the language barrier, and completely without the use of duct-tape.

  • Becky & Family –
    So sorry to learn of Jack’s passing. I have many fond memories of years gone by. As a matter of fact, I often recite a couple of his on the mark ‘quips’. He was a wonderful person and he will forever be in my thoughts. Please know I am thinking of you during this most difficult time.
    Bob Palm

  • Jack was a classmate I remember as kind and funny. Rest In Peace, Jack. My condolences to his family

  • As a classmate and corner worker with Jack at Mid Ohio I will miss his humor and creativity. At every corner you saw what Jack did to improve it. I’ll always remember him calling race control. RIP my friend!

  • I’ll miss you Jack.
    You made me laugh until it hurt many times at Mid-Ohio. In living out your faith you changed me and those around you. Thank you for sharing a small part of your life with me.
    May you be at peace and rest now, my friend.

    My condolences to Jack’s family. I only knew of a few of you through Jack’s sharing. My prayers and thoughts go to you at this news.

  • So many friends, so little time we have here on this earth. Guess that’s why we have eternity to enjoy those friendships again. See you again, Jack

  • Rest in peace, Jack. Your family has many happy moments to help ease the pain of their loss until they see you again. MidO will not be the same without you.

    Corrine “CJ” Carter

  • Becky and family,
    Our sincere condolences to you and family during this time of loss.
    We know Jack is safe in Heaven, now, because told of how he wanted be there.
    Blessings !!
    Dave and Elaine Pavkov

  • Becky & family, We are so sorrry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was a good friend for many years & an all around good guy.

  • Rest in peace, Jack….. I have not seen you in years but you will always be an influence….our prayers are with you and your family…..sorry for your loss…..your NC redneck friends…..

  • Becky and family,

    Sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. What a great guy. I know he will be greatly missed by all.

    Steve Frank

  • Jack , it was an honor to spend my early days with the Altman family , my cond go out to the family , May you Rest In Peace, let the family in heaven that I was thinking of all of you , God Bless , John O’Brien

  • Sorry to see another shipmate has passed on. May we meet again in Eternal Life with our Lord and Savior

  • Becky,
    Donny and I were so saddened by Jacks death but knowing him like we do , he is laughing with Jesus. He was a great guy. We loved him and we love you and the family.
    Love Donny and Vicky

  • So blessed to have spent time at Mid-Ohio with Jack. I will miss very much seeing him on my visits to the track. So sorry for your loss.