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October 26, 2011
A true early visionary for good who was loyal to his friends and family in Idaho and beyond. The world needs more like J.R. Simplot!
April 16, 2011
I will never forget Jack accepting an invitation to speak at the Glenns Ferry High School graduation ceremony.
He told it like it is but leads by example with kindness to anyone deserving. We grew potatoes for Jack about 27 years. I always thought that Jack's word was his bond. I will always have good memories of Jack Simplot and the companies he built.
December 12, 2009
I never knew about J.R. Simplot until this evening. I read a book called Fast Food Nation and J. R. Simplot was in there. What a awsome story of a individuals life. Remarkable.
November 24, 2009
Jack Simplot's life and mine intersected about 65 years ago, over a serving of potatoes. My Great Uncle, Fred R McCabe, and Jack Simplot were friends back in the 30's and 40's, maybe even before that time, because Fred was sheep ranching and buying and selling real estate in the teens and 20s of the 20th century, and he really got around the state of Idaho. Jack was an up and coming entrepreneur about 30 years younger than Fred.
I became aware of Jack Simplot in the early 1940s when Great Uncle Fred came to our home in Boise one day with sample packages of dehydrated potato products for mama to prepare and feed to the family. He told her Jack needed feedback from us. How was the consistency, taste, etc? We all reported to Mama and she gave Fred our report to take to Jack. It must have been a good report. The dehydrated potato product, when properly prepared in mess halls and field kitchens during World War II were a welcome staple. They may have helped the allies to win the war! Thanks for the memories.
November 14, 2009
I worked for the Caldwell Plant for nearly 20 years and have great memories of the people and the visits from Jack he would come in the back door with his cowboy hat and visit in the lab and of course try some of those fries. He was a good man and generous to others that is lost these days in our country.
November 13, 2009
Many belated blessings to Esther and family. I knew J.R. as a wonderful horseman/cowboy and animal lover. At McCall, we'd be on his mountain horses riding up these tiny paths along side a huge mountain. Being a Dallas girl, I would ask Jack if it was safe. He'd belly laugh, say "Yes" in his way and proceed to point out all of Idaho's fabulous wildlife that he loved so much. He was such a natural with his animals...a more accomplished and rugged "cowboy" than any in all of Texas!!! Wheather Jack has one cent or more, he and Esther are tops on my list. Farewell Jack. Betcha you've already found your favorite horse and are riding again. God bless. Anonymous
November 13, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
October 19, 2009
I first met Mr. Simplot in the summer of 1979 when i went to work at the plant in caldwell Id, and I work the evening shift and he came by the production line and talk to everyone he could. He thanked everyone for doing a great job.

Rita Thomas, Roswell, New Mexico
October 11, 2009
I never got to meet the man but I wish I had. I know from the time I moved to Boise Idaho tell I left I always smiled when I saw that Flag on the hill. I was glad some one cared enough to make sure it flew high and proud no matter the weather and to this day I talk about it so thank you Mr. Simplot and thank you for the smiles you have given me when I think back to my Idaho days. I do miss them and the sight of your flag. My condolences to the whole family. You were one of the lucky families in America to have a caring father like this not only for his own family but for his adopted family of all whom live in Idaho. My prayers go out to you and yours
May 07, 2009
I first met Mr. Simplot during the summer of 1985 playing golf in McCall. Needless to say, we let his foursome play through. I think he was about 75 years old then. He hit a great drive off the tee.

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Mr. Simplot with Rebecca Waterman, 8-26-06 April 2007

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