A celebration of life for Jack L. Ferguson, who was the last surviving Napa County supervisor who helped create the county’s Agriculture Preserve, will be Sunday at the Napa Elks Lodge.

Ferguson, who died last July, had spent the last 18 years of his life living in Hawaii with his wife, Madeleine.

Sunday’s memorial is a chance for those who knew Ferguson during his career in Napa as a county supervisor, assistant district attorney and civic supporter to say farewell.

Ferguson, who was born in 1931 in Kansas, moved to Napa with his family in 1940. He went to local schools, graduating from Napa High School and Napa Junior College. He studied law through the La Salle Institute.

He served for several years as a deputy district attorney in the early 1960s, then opened a private law practice.

According to his family, Ferguson was perhaps best known locally for serving on the Board of Supervisors that adopted the Ag Preserve in 1968 and for the removal of the Napa High Indian head from the Napa High administration building to save it from deterioration. This created a furor and the chant of “Give it back, Jack.”

Anyone wanting to join the family for the celebration should contact Madeleine Ferguson at 707-945-0503 for further information.

The Elks event will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 2840 Soscol Ave., Napa.

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