Jack was born and raised in the Denver Colorado area. He actually was raised in Englewood, a suburb of Denver. He spent most of the summer weekends and part of the winter weekends in Grand Lake, Colorado where his parents owned a cabin close to Rocky Mountain National Park. He graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 1970. While there he was active in theatre productions working mostly backstage on sets and lighting. After high school he attended Western State College in Gunnison, CO for two years before transferring to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. While attending Western State he met Jo where they discovered common interests in the outdoors. They both enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and rock climbing. They married in 1973.
After graduation from college Jack began to work for the US Forest Service in Ely, NV. He transferred to Weiser, ID in 1977 to work on the Payette National Forest as the district range conservationist in charge of grazing, wildlife and watershed. In 1983 he transferred to the Targhee National Forest Teton Basin Ranger District in Driggs where he was assigned as the supervisory range conservationist. From here he went into recreation and lands on the Island Park Ranger District. Jack worked in recreation and lands on the Island Park and Ashton Ranger districts up to 2000 when he went to work for the Regional Office out of Ogden Utah. He was fortunate enough to be able to live in Driggs since 1983 and commute to the other jobs until his retirement in 2010.
Jack’s love of the outdoors has endured. In the winter he enjoys cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and snow
machining. He is a volunteer cross country trail groomer for Teton Valley Trails & Pathways. During nicer weather he still likes to fish, camp, ride horses and ATVs. Jack picked up an occasional past time activity several years back of brewing beer and mead (honey wine) at home. He enjoys talking about different types of hops, malts, yeast and honey.
Jack became active in the Tai Chi classes offered at the Senior Center to help him recover from a couple of minor surgeries resulting from all the fun and work at a younger age. He feels that each one of the individuals he has become acquainted with at the center has their own special story and feels that each person deserves respect as an individual.
Jack can be seen cruising the Valley in his 1967 Camaro convertible during the summer months and enjoys helping out at the center when he is not doing other things.
Seniors West of the Tetons would like to give Jack a huge thank you for taking the torch and making Tai Chi a continued success as one of our favorite fitness programs. Tai Chi offers gentle motion to improve balance, strength and mobility. It offers a relaxation and breathing method that benefits many hypertension issues and anxieties. If you or anyone you know would benefit or be interested in Tai Chi call or stop by the senior center. We hope to offer a beginning Tai Chi class starting in October; we have a list of interested participants call to be included on that list. It truly is a great class. Thanks Jack!!