Jack was born in Grande Prairie, AB in 1917 on the land now occupied by Coachman Village, the SW 13-71-6-W6. In 1942 he joined the army but due to bad hearing, had to remain in Canada.
Upon his return from the army, Jack worked cutting logs and later driving CAT. He married his late brothers widow Violet and they purchased a quarter of land through the Veterans Land Act.
Source: Smoky River to Grande Prairie p 230