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Harrison John "Jack" Gruschus Sr. Obituary
Gruschus, Harrison John "Jack", Sr.

Harrison John "Jack" Gruschus Sr. passed away on July 13, 2016 in Corrales, NM with his beloved Tina Forgrave by his side. Son of Gladys M. Johnson and Howard G. Gruschus, Jack was born in 1934 in Dickinson, ND, great grandson of John W. "Dakota Jack" Gruschus, bison hunter and Dakota Territory pioneer. Jack is survived by his sister Sue A. Gouett of Corrales, NM, half-sister Elizabeth L. Carmel of Hackettstown, NJ, three sons by his first wife Jeanine Adams (d. 1993), Harrison John "Jack" Gruschus, Jr. of South Pasadena, CA, James M. Gruschus of Washington, DC, and Thomas W. Gruschus of Yorba Linda, CA, along with Thomas's wife Sharon Lewis and their two children, Matthew T. Gruschus and Eva M. Gruschus.

After graduating from UNM with a degree in business, Jack's chosen career of accounting spanned 60 years, starting with Bekins Moving and Storage, becoming a small business owner in Wenatchee, WA, and finally working for Hughes Aircraft in CA as a financial planner of top-secret projects for the defense of the USA. As a young man growing up in Silver City, NM, Jack developed an avid interest in the archaeology and geology of the Southwest, becoming an amateur "rock hound."

In retirement, Jack started his second career as an IRS enrolled agent, jousting with the IRS on his clients' behalf. Jack spent his free time between tax seasons satisfying his artistic side by creating meticulously weaved rugs, using patterns inspired by the imagery of Mayan ruins he studied on his many trips into Mexico's jungles. From climbing the pyramids of Palenque to canoeing the Mexico/Guatemala border, Jack sought to express all he experienced in his woven patterns.

Weaving was not Jack's only passion. For 20 years, as recently as April of this year, Jack would get on his favorite long range fishing boat, the Royal Polaris of San Diego, often accompanied by his son Tom. For weeks at a time, Jack chased schools of tuna off the Mexican coast in a quest to break his personal record, a 297 pounder caught when he was 77. A regular on the Royal Polaris, the crew treated him like family, with many younger fishermen asking him for both tax advice and how to catch the big one.

Jack Gruschus, Sr is commemorated by plaque at Vista Verde Memorial Park, Rio Rancho, NM. His ashes will be spread in the places he most loved, the mountains of New Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on July 20, 2016
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