About Jack


John Lees “Jack” Adams, 59, of Arizona City, Arizona, died March 1, 2005, in his sleep following a long battle with Myasthenia Gravis and End Stage Renal Disease in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Jack was born March 4, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pensylvania, the youngest son of James Lees and Elizabeth Mary “Betty” (Wurst) Adams, and graduated from Roxborough High School in 1963. Jack married Janice Elizabeth Frank June 19, 1965, in Pleasantville, New Jersey, and together they had three sons.

They were divorced in 1986, at which time Jack moved from West Chester, Pennsylvania to Blythe, California, and accepted a promotion within Morgan Corporation at their new plant in Ehrenberg, Arizona. Jack remarried two other times; in 1987 to Wilma Jo, and again in 1991 to Karen Mae.

Jack made a career out of inventory control and purchasing for manufacturing plants, most recently for Coxreels in Tempe, Arizona. Recreationally, he enjoyed playing golf, bicycling, coin collecting, fish aquariums, cooking, and baking.

Jack is survived by his three sons, James Robert of Oak Harbor, Washington, Stephen Michael of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Thomas John of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Michele Adams; two nephews, James David Adams of Morganton, North Carolina, and John Edward Adams of Belle Fourche, South Dakota; and numerous friends from Pennsylvania, Arizona, and across the country. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harry James “Corky” Adams of Ekalaka, Montana, and an infant brother, George Lees Adams.

A memorial service was held March 5, 2005, at Mesa Heritage Mortuary in Mesa, Arizona.

In accordance with his wishes, Jack was cremated on Monday, March 7, 2005.


Personal Information


John Lees Adams


March 4, 1945, Philadelphia, PA


March 1, 2005 (59), Scottsdale, AZ


James Lees Adams (1917-1979)
Elizabeth Mary Wurst (1921-2004)


Harry James Adams (1940-1998)
George Lees Adams (1942-1942)


Janice Elizabeth (m. 1965)
Wilma Jo (m. 1987)
Karen Mae (m. 1991)


James Robert (b. 1966)
Stephen Michael (b. 1967)
Thomas John (b. 1970)

High School:

Roxborough High School,
Philadelphia, PA, 1963

Places Lived:

Philadelphia, PA
Conshohocken, PA
Plymouth Meeting, PA
Norristown, PA
West Chester, PA
Blythe, CA
Scroggins, TX
Arizona City, AZ

Places Worked:

Lee Tire – Conshohocken, PA
Gindy Mfg. Corp. – Downingtown, PA
Budd Company – Downingtown, PA
Transcoil – Trooper, PA
Keystone/Franklin – Fort Washington, PA
Morgan Corporation – Morgantown, PA
Morgan Corporation – Ehrenberg, AZ
USA Harness – Winnsboro, TX
Cox Reels – Tempe, AZ