John Foster Tylicki

December 10, 1928 ~ October 5, 2019 (age 90)


John Foster Tylicki, DDS, practiced dentistry in Long Beach for 35 years (1955-1990). Combined with his father, “Bill” Tylicki, their dental practices spanned 64 years in Long Beach, from 1927 to 1990.
“Jack” Tylicki was born at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Dec. 10, 1928, son of B.M. “Bill” Tylicki and Phyllis Foster Tylicki. He grew up in Belmont Heights, attending Belmont Heights United Methodist Church. He was later a long-time member of California Heights United Methodist Church. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1946, where he played on Wilson’s CIF Champion golf team his senior year.
Like his father, he attended University of Southern California School of Dentistry, graduating in 1952. While at USC he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. His sister Barbara introduced Jack to her USC Pi Beta Phi sorority sister, Martha Strout of Burbank. They were married in Glendale, Calf., Aug. 24, 1951.
Following dental school, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1955, as a Dental Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. His service included deployment in the eastern Pacific: Philippines, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong.
Among his professional affiliations were the Harbor Dental Society (president 1964-65) and Kiwanis Club of Long Beach (president 1962). He was elected to the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists professional societies. As a USC alumnus, he was active in the USC Century Club Dental Alumni Ass’n (president 1979-80) and served on the USC School of Dentistry Board of Councilors (1988-94). His daughter Lois became a third generation of the family in the dental profession, graduating from USC with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1978.
Jack was an avid golfer and member of the Virginia Country Club. He was a founder of VCC’s annual Boy Scout Golf Tournament, which supported the Long Beach Area Council BSA and became a model for similar charity tournaments around the country. From 1969 through 2012, he and Martha owned a succession of 6 motorhomes, traveling extensively in the continental United States, Alaska, Canada and Mexico. They particularly loved Mazatlan, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, and spent up to six months a year there during retirement. Jack enjoyed fly fishing, especially with friends in the rivers and streams of Montana. He was also well-traveled outside of North America, including to at least 15 European countries.
From the time he was a small boy, he and his sister attended USC football games with their father at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and Jack was a lifelong Trojan fan. At various times, he was also a season ticket holder of the Los Angeles Dodgers (including their first season in L.A., at the Coliseum) and the Los Angeles Lakers.
They have lived in San Jose, Calif. since 1998, close to his daughter Lois and her family. He passed away in San Jose Oct. 5, 2019, at age 90 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Tylicki Paquette – 2011 (Martin Paquette – 2014). Survived by his wife Martha Strout Tylicki; sons John Foster Tylicki, Jr. and Jeffrey Strout Tylicki; daughter Lois Tylicki Johnson (Timothy M. Johnson); grandsons Jacob M. Johnson and Daniel Foster Johnson; and niece Sallie Paquette Fasnacht (Lynn A. Fasnacht, DDS).

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