April 22, 1928 — Jan. 5, 2014
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Jack Smiles Tosh, 85, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his home in Placerville, Calif. A family gathering in Scotland is being planned for summer 2014.
Jack was born April 22, 1928, in Ecorse, Mich. He was the youngest of four children born to Scottish immigrants James and Alice Tosh. In 1934 the family returned to Edinburgh, Scotland, where Jack was raised. He served in the British Merchant Navy and then in the U.S. Army for two years after he returned to the United States.
He worked as an engineer for Foley Brothers, Paul Hardeman and then Bechtel. Throughout his career he resided in several places, including Wyoming, South Dakota, California, New Zealand, Spain and Texas. In 1970 he and his family first moved to Placerville, and then returned in 1988 when he retired.
Jack was a member of Cold Springs County Club, the SIRs and a Texas branch of the American Legion. Jack enjoyed building model boats in his workshop, drawing model homes, visiting with friends and telling stories about his life. He is survived by his wife, Ella; his daughters, Kirsty and Sandra; son, Ian; and his grandchildren, Calvin and Mallory.
Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to Snowline Hospice, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619.