Jack W. McKinney was born in Salmon, Idaho, on March 3, 1916, son of John S. and Laura McKinney.
He passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. He had one brother, Sam P. McKinney.
Jack grew up in Lemhi County and graduated from Salmon High School. He and Sam spent hours around livestock on several ranches. Jack graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He was also the editor of the Argonaut, the university newspaper. He also received a commission through ROTC.
Following graduation, Jack studied and received a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Illinois.
He married his sweetheart, Helen Mathews, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked as a journalist. The couple moved to Boise. Their only child, John S. McKinney, was born in Boise in 1942; he is now a retired attorney. Jack worked as an editor on the Statesman newspaper in Boise.
At the beginning of WWII, Jack was inducted into the army as a second lieutenant. While serving at that rank, it was discovered that he had diabetes and he was medically discharged from the service. The couple moved back to Salmon for his health. He then went into the livestock business and was active in that business until his death.
Jack was the oldest member of the BPOE Lodge 1620 of Salmon Elks and was a member for over 67 years.
Jack and Leon Skelton of Idaho Falls developed a close working and friendship relationship for over 60 years in the cattle business and as partners, it was done on a "handshake" all of the time. Jack always said his years in that business were more like a hobby than work; he loved the challenges.
During his later years, he was cared for by wonderful people, Marcie and Bill Neal of Baker.
During his years in the cattle business, he traveled extensively through Idaho, Montana and Canada, making many long-lasting relationships and friendships. He thought of and talked about those often. He enjoyed betting on sports with Loren Arfmann and played pitch card games at the Elks until his death. He went out with a smile! He is survived by son, John (Pat) McKinney of Salmon; grandsons, Jack (Cindy) McKinney, Matt (Page) McKinney of Boise and Peter McKinney of Missoula, Mont.; great-grandchildren, Zack, Madison and Luke; step-granddaughter, Jazzy; sister-in-law, Barbara McKinney of Lemhi, Idaho; cousin, Rose Bolton of Salmon; and nephews, Mark (Melissa) McKinney of Gooding, Idaho, and Whit (June) McKinney of Lemhi.
He was preceded in death by wife, Helen; brother, Sam McKinney (2005); and nephew, Kirk.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Salmon Elks Lodge Friday, with interment at Salmon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Jones & Casey Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the care of Jones & Casey Funeral Home.