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Jack (John M.) Conrad

Jack (John M. ) Conrad passed away on November 10, 2012 after a lengthy illness. Born May 18, 1933, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to Meta and George Wesley Conrad. His family moved to New York City where at the age of one, he swung his first golf club at his father's golf range. Thus began a lifelong love of the game. In 1943, his family moved to Tucson. When his father started the golf range at Randolph Golf Course, Jack began practicing and playing golf in earnest. He was on the golf team at Tucson High where he graduated in 1951, then attended the University of Arizona where he was also a member of the golf team. After his junior year at the U of A he enlisted in the army. He was stationed on Bikini and Enewetok in the Marshall Islands where he was a part of Operation Redwing during which he observed the testing of atomic bombs. After his stint in the army he returned to the U of A and graduated in 1957. He became a member of the PGA of America, then went to Chicago where he was the assistant golf professional at several clubs. It was at one of these clubs where he met his future wife, Betsy. Toward the end of 1966, a friend wanted to sponsor Jack on the Golf Tour, and Jack jumped at the opportunity. In those days there was no "Q" school, so golf professionals could attempt to qualify on Monday for a tournament. There were often 100 to 150 qualifiers for three or four spots in each tournament, so competition was great. Jack and Betsy got married in 1967, and toured the country while Jack played in a different tournament each week. After two years Jack decided that all the traveling was not his desired lifestyle and he became the head golf professional at Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin. Ten years later, he was able to achieve his real dream of building a golf practice range on land he and Betsy had purchased in Tucson. They operated Jack Conrad's Golf Range for 22 years. During his lifetime of teaching golf, he wrote down concepts about his teaching methods which he planned to compile into a book. Unfortunately, his illness prevented him from doing so, but his great friend and "apprentice," Susie Meyers, a PGA Professional who now teaches at Ventana, was able to pull the book together and get it published. The day his book The Golfer's Guidebook to Inner Peace and Lower Scores was presented to him was one of the highlights of his life. In 2003, he was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame and recently was elected to the Half Century Club of the PGA of America. He was a member of the Sabbar Shrine and the National Association of Atomic Veterans. Jack was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Nancy L'Armee. He is survived by his wife, Betsy; nephews, Wesley L'Armee and Russell (Ruth) L'Armee; niece, Jennifer Sayers and many great-nephews and great-nieces. A Celebration of his Life will be held at Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock Drive, Oro Valley, AZ on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame, 110 S. Church Ave., Suite 6120, Tucson, AZ 85701 or Ricki Rarick Junior Golf Program, 600 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711 in Jack's name. Arrangements by ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME.


Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Nov. 13, 2012
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