With the company on solid footing in early 1966 and Jack decided to run for, and eventually being elected to, the city commission. Unfortunately, shortly after the election Jack suffered his first heart attack while working at his office at Steel and Pipe Supply. He initially refused to go to the hospital, so others called a doctor over who convinced Jack to go to the hospital with him. It was confirmed that he had suffered a heart attack which didn’t do much to slow Jack down. By that afternoon he was on the phone conducting business.
As a result, Jack stepped down as President of Steel and Pipe Supply, remaining Chairman of the Board, while Paul Van Nostran officially became the second President of Steel and Pipe Supply. Anyone who had the honor of working with Jack will tell you, that doesn’t mean he stepped away. Jack remained heavily involved in Steel and Pipe Supply for decades to come.