Jack graduated from Canton McKinley High School and attended Wilberforce University. He was later inducted into the U.S. Army and served two years in Korea.
Jack played Class A baseball and then went on to play for the Cleveland Indians Farm Club. In 1998, Jack was inducted into the Canton Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Jack later went on to be the first manager and coach of the Canton Challengers Baseball League where his son, Jack Calhoun III, who suffers from developmental disabilities, was a player.
Jack started his career in law enforcement as an officer with the Canton Police Department. He then was hired in as a deputy with the Stark County Sheriff's Department where Jack progressed through the ranks to the status of Major. In 2005, Jack retired from the Stark County Sheriff's Department with a total of 35 years of devotion of service to Stark County.
Jack was an active board member with the Stark County Developmental and Disabilities. He was also an active board member for Brighton Heights and Life Skills.
Jack is survived by his wife of 33 years Constance G. Calhoun; four children, Lisa Calhoun-Gilmore of Maryland, Leslie Calhoun of Maryland, Jack J. Calhoun III of Canton, and Willy and Rayetta Kanters of Massillon. Jack is also survived by three siblings, Steven and Janet Calhoun of Chicago, Daniel Calhoun and Marilyn Arnold of Canton, and Sylvia Calhoun of New Philadelphia, Ohio. He will also be missed by several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends.
The calling hours and funeral service will both be held at Trinity Gospel Temple, 1612 Tuscarawas St. West, Canton, Ohio 44702. Calling hours will be Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. Funeral service will be Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM. Immediately following will be the burial ceremony held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd. Seville, Ohio 44270.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to the Northeast Developmental Services at 7790 Market Ave. N. Canton, Ohio 44721.
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