Jack Harrington Elrod Jr.
1924 - 2016
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ELROD, Jr., Jack H. Jack Harrington Elrod, Jr., nationally syndicated cartoonist, died peacefully at his home outside Atlanta, Georgia on February 3, 2016. Mr. Elrod is predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann Candee Elrod. He is survived by his children: Jack, III (Karen), Stephen (Leigh), Candee Butler (Jeff) and Tony (Jennifer); and, 11 grandchildren - Kathryn, Robert and James Gerlach; Catherine Elrod Maher (Michael) and Elizabeth Elrod; David (Lindsey) Butler, Joseph Butler, and Mary Butler Compton (Chris); Jeanna Bobbitt (James), Amanda and Emily Elrod; and 6 great-grandchildren, Madeline and Megan Maher; Sarah Grace Bramlett and Briana Compton; Royal Bobbitt; and, Ava Catherine Elrod. Jack Elrod was born in Gainesville, Georgia on March 29, 1924, the son of Jack and Pauline Gillespie Elrod. Except for his service in the Navy aboard the USS Titon as a meteorologist in the Pacific Theater in World War II, Mr. Elrod lived his entire life in Georgia. He began working as a cartoonist with Ed Dodd on the "Mark Trail" environmental cartoon strip in 1950 and took over the rights and sole authorship of the strip in 1978 until his retirement on his 90th birthday in 2014. Mr. Elrod also created a family style cartoon strip, "The Ryatts", which he based on his own family. Mr. Elrod loved his family and the outdoors. He worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on several campaigns promoting weather safety, fire prevention and environmental conservation. Mr. Elrod was the recipient of over 30 conservationist awards from both national agencies and private organizations including receiving the "Take Pride in America" Award from President Regan and the Golden Smokey (the Bear) from the USDA Forest Service, and helped educate children and adults through the Wetlands coloring books, visiting classrooms and speaking to civic and community groups. His walls are lined with plaques and certificates from various organizations appreciative of his work and his use of Mark Trail's voice for environmental concerns. Mark Trail has been featured at the Universal Studios Park in Orlando Fl. and is featured in a long-term exhibit at Busch Gardens (Tampa). "Trailheads" and Gary Larson have spoofed Mark Trail in print and on the internet. But perhaps the most gratifying tribute was the designation of the "Mark Trail Wilderness" in 1991 - 16,000 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest that includes portions of the Appalachian Trail that Mr. Elrod hiked throughout his life. A private memorial service will be held on February 20th for the family with interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell (www.chattnaturecenter.org).

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 5, 2016.
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May 1, 2016
Thank you Mr. Elroy. I am 63 and have read the Mark Trail strip my entire life. Thank you for this great education. Rest in peace.
February 25, 2016
It's always sad when someone who has given so much to so many passes away.. Please be comforted in the knowledge that Mr. Elrod's gift brought joy to so many. May the joy of God be your stronghold
Yvonne Solomon
February 22, 2016
We want to extend heartfelt condolences to the family of Jack Elrod Jr. It was God's purpose for humans to live in a beautiful paradise forever
February 12, 2016
To The Family of Jack Harrington Elrod Jr.

May all the wonderful thoughts, cards, emails,flowers, and hugs help carry you through these challenging times. Our prayers go out to you and yours in these challenging times. May The God OF Comfort support you and yours as you continue to remember wonderful memories that will guide and comfort you and yours.

With Deepest Sympathies,
Ann T
February 11, 2016
I'm sorry for your lost and always take comfort in the scriptures,(psalms94:19)when anxieties overwhelmed me, You comforted and sooth me. D.H. Alt.Ga.
February 10, 2016
My condolences,sorry for your loss. John 11:24,25,26,
February 10, 2016
Condolences to the Elrod family. While Mr. Elrod will be missed keep him alive in your many precious memories and continue to share them with one another as you've done here on the obituary. God will give you comfort and support (Hebrews 13:5).
February 7, 2016
May the God of all comfort be with you.
Pat J
February 6, 2016
Jack was a very gifted veteran and cartoonist. May he rest in peace with his beloved wife. Both were close friends that I became friends when I assisted his belated wife Candee with a committee at St Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, Sandy Springs from 1999 until she retired.
Chuck Williams
February 5, 2016
There are many happy memories When working with Jack on the MARK TRAIL strip. He was a talented artist, lover of nature, true gentleman, kind person and dear friend. He will be missed. Condolences to his children and family. The world is a better place because of Jack Elrod.
Barbara Yeung
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