OBITUARY FOR JACK LEE WARREN. 1/4/56-5/17/19
On January 4, 1956 Darroll and Nova (Schubert) Warren welcomed their fourth son Jack Lee, who entered the world on his own terms as a breech birth. On May 17, 2019, after a valiant fight with multiple myeloma, he left, with his quiet courage. Raised on the family wheat farm south of Hardin, Jack developed a deep love of the land and was never without a dog. He graduated from Hardin High School as a member of Honor Society, Key Club, Boys State and Senior class president and then received his business degree with sociology minor, from what is now MSU: Billings. He returned to the farm to assist after his father’s death, eventually becoming business manager of the large farm, ranch and feedlot operation. He used his computer skills to develop a crop-mapping program among other innovations.
Jack served as chairman of the Hardin City County Planning Board wherein he was integral to the implementation of 911. He also was chair of the Big Horn County Library Board, member on the advisory board for the Huntley Project Agricultural Research Station and member of Big Horn County Conservation District.
On October 7, 1995, he married the love of his life, Debbey Rivera Brown. They had been set up on a blind date by his brother Dennis and her sister Janet and within weeks recognized that they were soulmates.
The breadth of Jack’s hobbies and interests matched his insatiable intellectual curiosity. Reading, science, math and history, genealogy, sketching, painting and calligraphy, archery, languages and music are among his interests. He taught himself Japanese including all three of its alphabets. Debbey taught him some Italian and French. Music appealed to him, memorizing all the folk songs of Burl Ives and Pete Seeger, singing them in a pleasant baritone. He played the trumpet, harmonica and key board while accumulating a guitar, mandolin, violin and accordion for future challenges.
His dry wit placed him in demand for the poems he wrote for retirement and holiday parties. Kind, generous, compassionate, witty and family-oriented are common descriptives of this unique soul.
Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers Don and Dennis Warren and special aunts and uncles Bonnie and Don Beary and Grace and Wally Warren. He is survived by his wife Debbey, step-son Jeff Brown of Missoula, brother Harvey (Charlene) Warren, sisters-in-law Dixie Warren, Linda Warren, Janet (Dick) Rivera Sharon and brother-in-law Ralph Rivera, uncle Bob Warren of Arizona as well as numerous nephews, nieces and extended family and dear friends. These include his niece and goddaughter, Michelle Vandersloot, cousins Bob and Laura Beary, friend Larry Keifer and the many others who provided support during Jack’s courageous battle.
Memorial service Thursday May 23rd, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the First Congregational church in Hardin.
A special thank you goes to Dr. Fiddler and staff of Frontier Cancer Center and the staffs of Big Horn Memorial and St. Vincent Hospitals. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following:
Big Horn County Historical Society 1163 3rdSt. East, Hardin MT 59034 (www.bighorncountymuseum.org)
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. P.O. Box 414238 Boston, MA 02241-4238. (www.themmrf.org)