Dr. Paul Dayton Lack

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Dr. Paul Dayton Lack

Dr. Paul Dayton Lack, 89, died September 23, 2015, in Lakeland, Fla.

He was born on February 3, 1926, in Ridgely, Tenn., the son of the late John "Buster" and Vera (Stewart) Lack and was raised on the old Lack farm near St. Francis, Ark.

He married Jane Crabtree on Oct.11, 1947, in Wayne, Mich. She preceded him in death on October 12, 2014.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence Ray Lack and John Bennie Lack, and his sister, Martha Ann (Lack) Winchester. Their older sister, Mary Evelyn (Lack) King, passed away on October 3, 2015.

Dr. Lack served in World War II as a member of the Army's 85th Infantry, 10th Mountain Division, where he earned several Medals of Honor, including the Bronze Star for Valor. In 2010, he was able to visit the World War II memorial in Arlington, Va., and lay a wreath at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.

Dr. Lack attended Detroit Bible College and finished his Baccalaureate degree at Stetson University in Deland, Fla. He earned his Doctorate of Divinity Degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. Dr. Lack served many Baptist congregations in Detroit, Mich.; Ormond Beach, Fla.; Clyde, North Carolina and Polk City and Lakeland, Fla.

Dr. Lack started the chaplain program with the Lakeland Police Department in 1980.

He was a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and most recently served as pastor to the senior adult community at Parkview Church in Lakeland.

He is survived by his daughters, Amy Jenkins and husband, Doc, and Judy Zumbaugh, all of Lakeland, Fla., and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sept. 28 at Parkview Baptist Church in Lakeland. Burial was in the Mt Olive Cemetery in Polk City, Fla. Arrangements were by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home at Serenity Gardens.