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Jack Levar Memorial

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1942 - 2007



Honorary Tailhooker- USS Enterprise 2007
Guy in the Gulf 2007
Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea

A scholarship fund has been set up in Jack Levar's name through the Santa Rosa Rotary, PO Box 505, Santa Rosa 95402.

Jack Levar


"Jack was a great leader, mentor and business adviser. He was always my coach . . . He taught me the principals for success in the industry, how to avoid the pitfalls while stressing the importance of sticking to your word." - Guy Fieri

"He had such a passionate exuberance for life. He has touched literally thousands and thousands of lives." - Tom Nelson

"If you didn't have fun when you were around Jack, it was your own fault. He was very outgoing, and always the center of attention with a story to tell. I will miss him very much." - Roger Olson

Jack was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA and attended Santa Rosa Junior College and San Francisco State.

After serving in the Air Force from 1965-69 with Armed Forces Radio in Korea, he returned to Santa Rosa in 1969 and began working at KSRO radio as an advertising salesman and manager for 25 years. He then opened his own agency that focused on serving North Coast auto agencies, markets and retailers.

In the months following Guy Fieri's winning the "Next Food Network Star season 2", Guy asked long time friend, Jack Levar, to be his manager and assistant . Jack accompanied Guy on a trip to the Persian Gulf, where they visited service personnel on the USS Enterprise, USS Wasp and USS Gettysburg.

His daughter Carrie recalls:

"The best trip of his life was going to Bahrain to celebrate the troops with Guy Fieri and celebrating the anniversary of the USS Enterprise. That is all he talked about since he got home. In a heartbeat he would have gone again."

He passed away due to complications of hip surgery a month later in December of 2007, he was 65.

He is still deeply loved and dearly missed by his wife Linda, whom he was married to and loved for 37 years.

Levar was a long-time member of the Santa Rosa Rotary Club, the Pacific Coast Air Museum and the Oakmont Men's Club. He also was involved with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Santa Rosa program and was also president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Rosa.

The Santa Rosa Rotary Club also recently held the 2nd Annual Jack Levar Rotary Foundation Golf Tournament at Oakmont Golf Club to help raise money to support educating college age children pursue careers in Marketing/Advertising, the Culinary Arts and Sports.