Submarine Force Legend Passes On
Chester M. "Whitey" Mack, best known as the CO of USS Lapon (SSN 661) in the late 60s/early 70s whose exploits were documented in Blind Man's Bluff, passed away earlier this week in Florida. From his obituary:
Chester M. "Whitey" Mack, 77, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008.A larger-than-life man, Whitey Mack was immortalized not only in Blind Man's Bluff, but also with his very own Wikiquote and this song from Tommy Cox:
He was born July 20, 1931, in Glen Lyon, Pa.
Whitey and his beloved wife, Joan, moved to Englewood in 1995 from North, Va. He was a highly decorated U.S. Navy captain with 20 years of service. He had a chemical engineering degree from Penn State, and master's degree in international law from Georgetown University. He was a member of the American Legion, Military Officers Association of America of Sarasota, Fla., and the USS Lapon Association; and a life member of U.S. Submarine Veterans.
Whitey will be greatly missed by his wife of 53 years, Joan; daughters, Karen Mack of Montclair, N.J., and Valerie (Mark) Sadler of Odessa, Fla.; son, Brian (Karen) Mack of Louisa, Va.; three grandchildren, Victoria Rose, Kristen Nicole and Brianna Leigh; brother, Simon Makarewicz of Virginia; and sister, Barbara Makarewicz of Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care, 12050 N. Access Road, Port Charlotte, FL 33981.
Arrangements were made in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Sailor, Rest Your Oar.