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Col. Jack Salter, USMC (Ret.) shed his earthly bonds and joined his savior on September 13 [2006].

Jack was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Del Rio and appreciated the many visits from his Pastor, Dan Snider.

Jack is survived by his wife, Donna, who has been blessed by their marriage of 57 years. Three sons were born to this union: Jack, and wife Tracey of York, South Carolina, Daniel and wife, Elizabeth, living in Haslett, Texas and Col. Bill Salter and wife, Sarah from Killeen, Texas. They have been blessed with eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild: Jackson, Jennifer, Julia, Amanda, Jessica, Billy, Cody, Brandon, and Jack Branham.

Jack Salter was born in Newton, Ma., and was predeceased by his parents, Mildred Hewins Salter, and Jackson Salter. He has one sister, Ann Pittenger, living in Arvada, Co.

Jack graduated from high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico and immediately enlisted in the Marine Corps, seeing duty with the 4th Marine Raider Battalion in WWII. He participated in many of the Pacific island campaigns and was awarded the Purple Heart, Naval Unit Citation, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with 4 Bronze Battle stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

After recovering in a Naval hospital from his wounds suffered in Guam, he enrolled at the University of New Mexico, graduating and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Jack stayed active in the Marine Corps Reserves for combined total of over 25 years of active and reserve Federal service, achieving the rank of Colonel.

In his civilian life, Jack served over 35 years as a law enforcement officer, serving first as an officer in the New Mexico State Police, later with the Bureau of Narcotics, U.S. Customs, and culminating with an assignment as Special Agent-in-Charge in the Drug Enforcement Administration.

After moving to Del Rio he served as an investigator for the 63rd Judicial District and Val Verde County Sheriff’s office.

After his last retirement he spent many happy hours on the golf course. Jack loved the lake and enjoyed boating and fishing. For years he was a member of the Blue Knights motorcycle club and took many tours with that group. He was a Sigma Chi, a member of the Blue Knights motorcycle club, the Del Rio Gun Club, Fraternal Order of Border Agents and the Military Officers of America Association.

Jack was a devoted husband and father and will be missed by his family, his community, and comrades from around the country.

The burial will take place at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.