John “Jack” A. Latimer III, 69, passed away Oct. 29, 2020, at Hospice of Washington County’s Doey’s House, surrounded by his immediate family.
Jack was born Nov. 10, 1950, in Hagerstown, MD, the son of the late John A. Jr. and Kathryn Latimer. He was the youngest of two siblings, survived by his sister Anne Gatrell. He graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1968, Davidson College in 1972 (BA), and Frostburg State University in 1981 (MBA).
He married the love of his life, Susan Katherine Hiser, May 27, 1972, whom he met at Nags Head, NC, when he was 12, and she was 13.
Jack was also proud to represent Hagerstown in 1967 as a member of the winning Colt League Baseball World Championship Team.
He began his professional career in the commercial lighting industry, working for GTE Sylvania, Inc. and Tristate Electrical Supply Co. Inc. Jack served as president and CEO of Cushwa Brick Inc. from 1985-1992; vice president, sales and marketing of Redland Brick Inc. from 1992-1996; president and CEO of Jamison Door Co. Inc. from 1996-2001; owner and managing member of Gruber-Latimer Restoration, LLC from 2001-2019; and senior consultant for Van Alen Restoration LLC from 2019-2020.
Jack was passionate about service to his family and his community, often combining a commitment to his vocation and avocations. He held leadership positions in several professional organizations, including Maryland Manufacturing Consortium, Brick Institute of America, National Association of Brick Distributors, International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.
In addition, he volunteered for countless local nonprofit agencies, serving in leadership roles for many organizations focused on making the community stronger and healthier.
Those include Washington County Hospital Association, Meritus Medical Center, Meritus Healthcare Foundation, Hagerstown Community College Foundation Inc., Community Action Council, Salvation Army, United Way of Washington County, Hagerstown Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, Hagerstown Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Hagerstown Sunrise, Fountain Head Country Club, Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., Washington County Emergency Services Advisory Council, Federal Little League and Valley Senior League.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; his son and daughter-in-law, John A. IV and Cassandra Latimer; his daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Joseph Hodge; grandchildren Austin Latimer, Emma Hodge, and William Hodge; his sister, Anne; nephews Bradley Bentz and Keith Bentz; and, niece, Kathy Mazur.
The immediate family will receive friends and family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2, 2020, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home at 1331 Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 3, 2020, at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., with the Rev. Jake Caldwell presiding and interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac Street.
In compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, individuals attending any of the services are required to wear a mask. In addition, First Christian Church will ask attendees to sign in, and temperatures will be taken before admittance. Seating will be limited to 100 at the church. Additional seating will be available at the funeral home, with the service privately live streamed.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to John R. Marsh Cancer Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Suite 129, Hagerstown, MD 21742, Doey’s House/Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742 and First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742. Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.
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