Jack Michele Malengo
1940 - 2017
Jack Michele Malengo born October 20th, 1940, crossed the finish line August 27th, 2017. He was born in the French Hospital in Los Angeles California to Edward Malengo and Beatrice Durbiano. Following his graduation from Alhambra High School, Jack earned two AA degrees from his local community college where he was a standout football player. As a very young man he developed a love for the sport of horseracing, which complemented his competitive and ambitious nature. His meticulous research into the sport payed off and he was able to put his business degree to good use as he followed the prudent advice of his father in managing his winnings. In 1975, after his time served in the US Army, Jack moved back to his mother’s roots in Santa Barbara California, where he owned and operated Pat’s Liquors for 25 years.
Even though he sometimes denied it, he loved the sport of horseracing, so much so that he became the owner of his own racehorse, Sunny Blossom. The filly held the 6 furlong track record at Santa Anita Racetrack for 21 years from 1989-2010. Jack was also an avid and skilled golfer. He thoroughly enjoyed the sport, the friendships he developed, and the beautiful courses he visited.
Jack loved his family, both natural and chosen. He was known for his ability to put a smile on the faces of those around him, his loyalty, selfless generosity, charisma, and epic super bowl parties, where he made even strangers feel welcome. “Befriended and loved by many, the big man with the big voice and even bigger heart, will be sorely missed.” Although it was a shock to have him leave us so suddenly, we are grateful the Lord took him quickly and painlessly as he had wished. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Eddie “Spaghetti” Malengo. He is survived and remembered by an army of friends and cousins.
Heaven just got a little louder. Jack sits looking upon us with a two-finger pour of his favorite, Jack Daniels Single Barrel. Cheers to you Jack. To a life well lived!
In accordance with Jack’s (adamant) final wishes, there will be no public services. Please celebrate his memory and honor him in your own special way.