Jack Boyd Ryan passed away on January 1, 2014 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jack was born in El Paso, Texas on January 11, 1924 and was a graduate of El Paso Austin High School. He attended Texas A&M University
for a short time prior to enlisting in the Army
at the outbreak of WWII. He was stationed in France and Germany. He was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant. He continued his education at the University of Texas
where he was a proud Sigma Chi. After graduation Jack returned to El Paso, joining the El Paso National Bank's Foreign Department and putting to use the Spanish he learned in his early childhood in Mexico where his father was consignee for Standard Oil Company. Later Jack joined his father and his uncle in the auto parts business. Car Parts Depot had more than ten stores in Texas and New Mexico, which required and allowed Jack to pursue one of his favorite avocations – driving. Gulf and Western acquired Car Parts Depot and Jack concentrated on business interests in Ruidoso, New Mexico: Rancho Ruidoso, now the home of the Spencer Theater and Rainmakers Real Estate and Golf Community, as well as numerous homes. After retirement, Jack relocated to Cochiti Lake, New Mexico where he enjoyed the grand vistas of the Jemez Mountains and the spectacular show provided by the aspens and the cottonwoods in the fall.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd Eastlack Ryan and Belle Wangberg Ryan. He is survived by his wife Lou Emma Shugart Ryan and by son, Robert Ryan, his wife Laurie and their children Maggy and Mei; daughter Becky Ryan and her son, Zachary Nields; daughter Tina Kuhnline, her husband Mike, their son Cody and his wife Davina; daughter Susie Ryan Cox, her husband John; stepdaughter Cindy Webb Eakin, and her husband David as well as nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at the McGee Memorial Chapel, 1320 Luisa St., Santa Fe, NM, on Tuesday, January 7 at 1:00 pm. Interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery on Wednesday, January 8 at 10:30 am. Visitation from 11:00 – 12:30 at McGee Memorial Chapel, Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Spencer Theater, Alto, NM or the