Jack Venables was born in Port Angeles, Washington. He spent much of his childhood living with his father, who worked, and his mother, who stayed at home to raise the children. Before his senior of high school, Mr. Venables and his family moved to Oswego, Oregon, on account of his father’s job. He graduated from Oswego High School in 1951, and began attending Lewis & Clark College in 1952. He played on the football team and sang in the college choir. During his first three years at college, Mr. Venables lived at home in Oswego, commuting to school each day, and for his final year, he resided in Platt Hall. After he graduated, he spent a year in the military.
Oral history interview of Lewis & Clark alumnus Jack Venables, conducted by Claire Manny on March 16, 2014. History Department, Spring Semester, 2014.