The first president of the California Hawking Club and
The California Hawking Clubs First Honorary Lifetime Member
Dan and Bev Fenske, Dennis and Rosalina Grisco, Marshall and Kathleen
Rodelli, Ronald S. Kearney, Lawrence and Anne Clark, Jeffrey and Diana Sipple,
Robert and Mary Armbruster, Ronald Brown, Will O’Diear Jr., Thomas and
Jeannette La Velle, Charles Kaiser and Pamela Hessey, Gary L. Nolff, Steve and
Rosan Johnson
The last time I saw Jack was at the 25th anniversary field meet of the California Hawking Club. We – and
several other charter members of the club, such as Mike Arnold, Jeff Sipple, and Bob Winslow – had come
to celebrate the club as it reached the quarter century mark. It was great to see Jack. He hadn’t changed
much. His hair had gone gray, and somewhere along the way, he had given up the pipe, but he was the same
affable, good-natured Jack. I will truly miss him.
Jack and Prarie Falcon
in 1950’s.
On the death of my friend and mentor, Jack Hagan
By Tim Gallagher
I just heard that my old friend Jack Hagan passed away on Monday, August
19, 2013. I first met Jack at a meeting of a newly formed club, the Santa Ana
Valley Falconers Association, when I was in my early teens, and he became
a great mentor to me in falconry as well as in wildlife photography. The club
met weekly at Jack’s home in Santa Anna, California, and later at Jeff Sipple’s
house in Cypress. Jack was a professional photographer and also a collector
of various reptiles and amphibians. I remember he kept live rattlesnakes in
aquariums in his garage and rare turtles in his bathtub. His house was often
sweltering inside, to accommodate the tropical turtles.
Jack took some amazing photographs in the late 1940s of a peregrine falcon
nest in Laguna Canyon. When he came back from the Korean War though,
the nest was empty, and peregrines never nested there again. This was but one
of the peregrine eyries he knew of that had been abandoned during the DDT
Jack was in his mid-thirties when the California Hawking Club formed. With thinning dark brown hair,
and a pipe he puffed on constantly, he had the most calm, unflappable nature of anyone I had ever met. The
younger guys in the club called him “The Old Man, which always made him smile. He had certain catch
phrases he would use in conversation. If you asked him a complex question, he would puff thoughtfully on
his pipe and say “This I do not know, but would then go on to expound in great detail his theory on the
topic at hand. He drove a classic Mercedes 300SL sports car with gull-wing doors.
Jack usually flew goshawks. He had an extensive collection of old falconry books, as well as some beautifully
framed falconry prints on the walls of his house. He told me I was always welcome to come over and read his
books, which I often did.
Jack would later become the first president of the California Hawking Club, which in some ways, sprang from
the ashes of the Santa Ana group, using the same logo which his friend and artist Jeff Sipple designed.
SHEAR LUCK-Jack Walter Hagan, 34, of 1429 S. Flower St., Santa Ana, sits in
the cockpit of front half of sports car he was driving early Saturday morning
when the car was sheared in two in a spectacular collision in South Santa Ana.
Lady Luck must have been been Hagan’s invisible passenger. He apparently
escaped serious injury.
Photo from the
newspaper about Jack’s
accident in 1964.
Jack and CHC directors
Jack and Tom Gossard at
a 1974 CHC meet.
Jack and Bonnelli’s
eagle in 1966.
Jack and Sam in 1990.
Jack and European
Goshawk in 1970.
Jack was a professional
photographer, a collector
of various reptiles and
amphibians, founding
member of the California
Hawking Club and he
loved falconry.