Deacon John (Jack) S. Leadbetter was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1940. He lived in South Bend, Indiana during his elementary school years when his father was a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame. His family moved to Marquette, Michigan in 1954. While in high school he was involved in athletics, student council and choral activities.
After high school he attended the University of Notre Dame and earned his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering. After of few short years of the corporate life he returned to Marquette where he has lived since 1969. He has four children and fifteen grandchildren. He was involved in the political arena for three decades and served as the mayor for three different terms. He was active in the fire sprinkler business for 45 years and still remains active in the fire alarm supply business today.
Deacon Jack lost his three siblings at the ages of 12, 13 and 23, all of whom died from brain cancer. Those losses profoundly affected his life.
In the early 2000’s he began to experience a call to the diaconate during his weekly 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM adoration hour. The call was fulfilled when he was ordained on June 5, 2009. Today he remains an active deacon and is currently the Director of the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Marquette. Blessed with good health he intends to be actively working for about another 5 or 6 years.