Jack Tackett passed away at his home on December 29, 2009, with his family by his side, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel, on Monday January 4th at 2:30 pm. A Private family burial will be held in the Melba Cemetery.
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Jack was born August 11, 1935, in Amba, Kentucky to James and Lilly Tackett. In 1941 he moved to Idaho with his parents and eleven siblings. In 1951, at age 16, Jack enlisted in the National Guard. In 1953 he joined the Regular Army where he served until 1959. After the service Jack worked for Union Pacific Fruit Express as a carman until 1974.
In August of 1964, Jack met Patsy at the Ice Hole Campground at Johnson Creek, after he saved her from drowning. They were married on January 19, 1965, and had three children: Darin, Coleen, and Robby.
In 1969 Jack and his brother Charles, along with their wives, started C&J Meat Packing. They ran the business for twenty-five years, up until Charles' death in 1994. Jack could not stay away from the meat business. From 1994 to 2001 he would process wildgame for family and friends in his garage.
In 2001, Jack helped his son Rob start Tackett's Wildgame Processing next to the family home in Nampa.
Jack loved just about anything that had to do with the outdoors. While the kids were growing up, that is where the family enjoyed much of their free time. During the 80's, Jack introduced his family to bowling which was something he loved as a young man. In his retirement years, he enjoyed growing a beautiful garden, his hay field, and of course his beloved John Deer tractor.
Jack is survived by: his wife Patsy Tackett, three children; Darin Tackett, Coleen Taylor, and Rob Tackett, six grandchildren; Ashley and Shayla Tackett, Megan and Cameron Taylor, Koby and Kaleb Tackett, two brothers; Carl and Sam Tackett, and one sister; Myrtle Thiel.
Jack was from the old school. Although his education was limited, he had a brilliant mechanical mind. He could build or fix just about anything. He worked very hard throughout his life and, as he would say, it was always for "the family." He was not one to complain about life's aches and pains and unfortunately, that gave his cancer the upper hand as his diagnosis came two weeks before his passing. Jack faced his terminal illness like only a true man could. Although he was not particularly religious, he knew there were better things waiting for him. He never shed a tear and told his family not to feel sorry for him. He did not believe in dwelling on death but said he would like his family and friends to throw a party after his passing to celebrate life.
Patsy and the rest of the family would like to extend special thanks to Harrison Hope Hospice, and all of the family and friends that came to visit Jack during the last days of his life.
Immediately following the funeral service, all family and friends are invited to Canyon Creek banquet room located at the Shilo Inn on Franklin road in Nampa (next to I-84) where good memories can be shared and good food will be served.
Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel
415 12th Avenue South
Nampa, ID 83651
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Jan. 3, 2010