Jack Pittman was an outstanding husband, father and grandfather who took great pleasure in spending time with his family – particularly his granddaughter Aubrie. His memory will be missed by many.
Jack Pittman was an active member of Second Baptist Church and regularly cooked for Wednesday night supper and Upward Basketball concession stands. Additionally, he participated in Senior Adult Sunday school class as an active deacon.
Early Life and Education
Jack Pittman was born in Old Tattnall, Georgia to Olney McKinley Pittman and Bertie Mae (Wilson) Pittman and was one of five siblings growing up together. Today he loves spending time with his daughter and grandchild as well.
He loves taking care of animals, particularly horses. Additionally, he likes attending swap meets and traveling – past President of Cloven Hoofs as well as an active participant of ABATE.
He possesses an engaging sense of humor and is always ready to lend assistance when necessary. Additionally, he boasts extensive knowledge regarding cars and motorcycles as well as banking industry experience – making him a highly successful entrepreneur with numerous accomplishments under his belt.
Jack Pittman achieved success through a combination of talent and persistence as an accomplished cartoonist. While employed full-time at The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh, North Carolina – as well as freelancing freelance drawings on the side – Jack would keep postal service busy sending his drawings on expensive illustrator’s cardboard to newspapers and businesses who needed humorous advertising cartoons for advertising purposes.
His work won him three Reuben awards from the National Cartoonist Society between 1995 and 2004, as he commercial cartooned for such companies as American Express and Coca-Cola.
Audra Price Pittman inherited his BFA in Illustration and MFA in Teaching Art from the University of Connecticut; additionally she serves on the boards of Boys Town of North Florida and LeMoyne Art Foundation.
Achievement and Honors
Pittman has long been recognized for his expertise as a freelance illustrator. Among many awards won in various advertising and magazine illustration divisions – three Reuben Awards in advertising illustration; several Addy Awards; his work featured in numerous magazines and books;
Pittman has passed on his artistic talent to both of his daughters; one specializes in 3D modeling while the other provides general illustration work and features her own online cartoon strip (Jaywalkin’ on the Wild Side). Furthermore, he is an attentive grandfather to his grandchildren.
Colonel Pittman received the Legion of Merit award upon retiring from the 302nd Airlift Wing in March 2016, which recognized “his extraordinary leadership and exemplary foresight as commander of Peterson-based Reserve wing”.
Pittman was a loving and dedicated husband to his wife of 55 years; an attentive father to Rachel and Dan; an affectionate grandfather to Richie Lawler, Katie Lawler and Dan Pittman as well as being remembered fondly by many friends and relatives. He leaves behind many fond memories.
He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his brave actions as pilot of a fighter aircraft for Marine Fighter Squadron TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-ONE (VMF-221) and later Marine Fighter Squadron ONE HUNDRED FOURTEEN (VMF-114) during operations against enemy shipping, airfields and supply dumps.
Pittman first learned to draw as a child by studying ads for art instruction schools found in matchbooks, comic books and magazines. His first art certificate arrived by mail in 1974.
Pittman has achieved so much in his career through sheer talent and hard work, amassing an international following as a commercial cartoonist whose illustrations have appeared in multiple advertising campaigns for companies like American Express and General Motors.
He was an incredible husband to his wife, Rachel and Dan; and was immensely fond of all his grandchildren whom he cared deeply for.
He has served on the boards of numerous prominent companies such as EA, Excite, 3DO and MTV Networks, holding board membership at each. Additionally, he was an owner in the New York Mets with a 4% stake until selling it off in 2020; and has ventures such as Quantum Media under his wing. A true industry veteran.