Jack King was named Knight of the Month for April by the St. Scholastica Knights of Columbus Council 14485 in Lecanto.
Jack and his wife, Ida, moved to Citrus County from Davie, Florida, in 2003. They live in the Pine Ridge subdivision of Beverly Hills and have two daughters.
Jack has been the youth director of the council for eight years and has planned and implemented annual events at St. John Paul II Catholic School such as the soccer challenge, free throw competition, poster contest, essay contest and spelling bee.
In 2015, Jack devised and implemented the St. John Paul II Scholarship Fund with the help of Roger Preble. He has also served as chancellor of the council and chairman of the admissions committee.
Jack has utilized his wood working skills to help with council projects such as building a computer tech station at St. John Paul II Catholic School, creating a movable partition for council awards, building access ramps for disabled citizens and making two pedestals for the statues of St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary for St. Scholastica Parish.
Jack has spearheaded a number of building painting projects for St. John Paul II Catholic School and Daystar Life Center. Having experience in law enforcement, Jack wrote the safety plan for St. Scholastica Church and heads up the safety team ministry. He also serves as an usher.
Jack has previously received numerous Knight of the Month and Knight of the Year awards. Jack and Ida have also received the Family of the Month and Family of the Year awards.
Jack has advanced to membership in the Patriotic Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus and is a member of Father James Hoge Assembly 1547 in Lecanto. He is a member of the Color Corp of the assembly.
For the past nine years, Jack has volunteered on a weekly basis, providing maintenance and other services as needed at Daystar Life Center. He also volunteers with the Citrus County Blessings when needed, delivering food and performing special projects.
Jack has a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Florida International University. He was a police officer for 33 years with the Miami-Dade Police Department, and spent 23 years as a homicide investigator.
Jack served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1970 aboard the USS Lexington, as a boiler tender. Jack enjoys woodworking, golfing, gardening and camping in his spare time.