Samuel S. Jaksick Jr. (1937 - 2013)

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Samuel S. Jaksick, Jr.

June 27, 1937

April 21, 2013

Samuel S. Jaksick, Jr. passed away unexpectedly on April 21, 2013 at the age of 75 after kayaking from Kings Beach to his lakefront home in Incline Village, where he resided for over 30 years.

Sam was a native Nevadan, born in Reno on June 27, 1937, to Samuel S. Jaksick, Sr. and Thelma M. Jaksick, who operated lumber mills in Quincy, California and Lakeview, Oregon.

Sam graduated from Reno High School where he was an excellent athlete, excelling in track. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree in Business and his MBA from The University of Nevada, Reno and was a member of the ATO fraternity. Sam proudly served in the Nevada National Guard and was honorably discharged at the end of his enlistment.

Sam was a true visionary, which is why real estate development fit his personality so well. He had a unique talent of finding business and real estate opportunity. He saw a growing population in Reno and great potential in the land that his father had acquired throughout the years in the lumber industry and chose to convert a former cattle ranch into the planned community and golf course that is known as Lakeridge. As the Reno Gazette journal wrote on April 24, 2013 upon learning of his passing, "his work will be his legacy, and there are hundreds if not thousands of people in our community whose livelihood can be traced directly or indirectly to Jaksick and his efforts." Some of the most notable planned communities that distinguished him in his field include Lakeridge, where he hired famed golf course designer Robert Trent Jones, Sr., who created the "Famous 15th" island green.

Sam's next planned community was Caughlin Ranch, followed by Saddlehorn in southwest Reno. His most recent project, Montreux, at the foot of the stunning Sierra Nevada mountain range, featuring a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course which hosts the annual Reno Tahoe Open. Sam was honored to receive a call from the PGA Tour indicating that Montreux had been selected as the home of one of the tours new prestigious events. It is this beauty and challenging course which the PGA Tour professional hold in such high regard, that many believe help keep the event going.

Continuing on the successful career path he had built his entire life, Sam spent a tremendous amount of time planning a future development known as Spring Mountain, north of Reno.

While Sam is known within the community as a prominent business man, he felt most content as a traditional cattle rancher. He loved spending time at the family ranch where he created unforgettable memories for his children and grand children. Sam was an avid pilot who flew both fixed wing airplanes and helicopters. An ideal start to his day would be an early morning flight followed by pheasant hunting with his beloved dogs, Binka and Ghita.

His true passion in life was hunting. Considered a world-class hunter, he traveled the world many times over hunting unexplored territories in pursuit of record trophies. Sam's love of hunting inspired him to write a hunting book narrarating his 45 years of international hunting adventures for his grandchildren. His no-fear attitude and unparalleled sense of adventure didn't deter him from traveling to China amidst the SARS outbreak to successfully hunt a Dwarf Blue Sheep, and more recently traveled alone to hunt the elusive Markhor, in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan at a time when Pakistan was proclaimed to be the most hostile and dangerous place in the world. Sam returned home safe with his Markhor.

The tradition of hunting runs deep in the Jaksick family. Often Sam's sons, Stan and Todd would accompany him on extraordinary hunts. He helped his son Todd complete his Grand Slam of North American Sheep by the age of 14, and more recently helped his grandson Ben complete his grand slam at the amazing age of 10.

Being a devoted family man, Sam loved traveling and spending time outdoors with his wife Janene of 20+ years. His children and grandchildren were a huge part of his life. No matter what sport, whether it was hunting, football, basketball, baseball or martial arts, Grandpa Sam was their biggest fan. Sam enjoyed riding horses with his daughter, Wendy, as well as playing golf and skiing with his son Stan. Sam and his youngest son, Todd, would look forward to disappearing for weeks on end in search of a trophy animal. He was proud of each one individually.

Sam will be missed dearly. He is survived by his wife, Janene Jaksick; his three children, Stan Jaksick, Wendy Jaksick and Todd Jaksick (Dawn); his grandchildren, Lexi Smrt, Connor White, Sawyer Jaksick, Luke Jaksick, Ben Jaksick, Amanda Jaksick, Reagan Jaksick, Sydney Jaksick; and his great grand daughter Jaylyn Fields.

A private family service will be held on May 6th with a Celebration of Life to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation for wildlife conservation. A memorial fund has been established in Sam's name at First Independent Bank, 5335 Kietzke Lane, Reno, NV. 89511, which will benefit Nevada Bighorns Unlimited Account Number 8010590357.

The Jaksick family welcomes you to share memories and/or pictures of Sam on Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sam.jaksickjrmemorial

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Apr. 28 to May 5, 2013
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