Jack Jay Klein, Sr., 87, passed away peacefully in Sugar Land, Texas on Sunday, March 10, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Joy Coy, Colorado on August 16, 1925, and was the first of nine children born to Elizabeth Winkle Halbert. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Phyllis Frances Giuffrida Klein, and his step-daughter, Phyllis-Ann Arvizu.
Jack met Phyllis at Arthur Murray Dance Studios in San Jose, CA where they were both instructors, which began a career in the dance business that lasted more than 30 years with Jack and Phyllis owning dance studios at various times in Spokane WA, Dallas TX, Tulsa OK, San Antonio TX, Wichita KN, and Houston TX. At the end of this phase of their lives, they owned Dance City in Houston from 1975-1980, which was the largest dance studio in the USA at the time.
During the late 1970s to early 1980s, Jack was an owner/operator of club concert halls in Houston when he co-owned the Palace and the Agora Ballroom. Bands that played there included The Police, Talking Heads, B-52s, Go-Gos, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, AC/DC, REO Speedwagon, Stevie Ray-Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Todd Rundgren, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Joe Cocker, and Harry Chapin.
After the Agora shut-down, he switched careers once again and worked as a residential real estate agent from 1983 until shortly before his passing. He enjoyed working with people, and had one investor that he was especially close to: Mr. Thomas Woo.
Jack is survived by his children, Patricia Louise Klein Bartlett and her husband Stephen Richard Bartlett, Jack Jay Klein, Jr. and his wife Maria Perez-Chaumont Klein, and his step-son George Howard Damon and his wife Catherine Damon; grandchildren Karen Tracy, Tim Wijt, Brian Gould, Richard Arvizu, Cristina Gebbs, Trey Gebbs, Desiree Damon, and Jackson Klein; great grandchildren, Sarah Meggison, Joey Meggison, Travis Wijt, Briana Gould, Zander Arvizu, Madison Gould, Ava Arvizu, Nicolas Gebbs, and Joselyn Garcia; and brothers Ted Newton Klein and John Milton Klein.
A graveside service will be held at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079 at 11:30AM on March 23, 2013. Tributes to the family may be left at http://www.carnesfuneralhome.com/jack-klein