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John (Jack) David Edwards.Born June 17, 1925 to Helen Davidson and David Edwards in Nyack, NY.
He is survived by loving wife Donna Hohmann Ewy Edwards, and beloved children, David (Lu), Fess (Noel), Heather (Charles Lalanne), Hope (Wanye Shourds), Nell (Hugh) Matthews and step children, Margot Love, Suzanne, Rodger and Leon Ewy and 19 grandchildren. His former wife Joan Fessenden preceded him in death in 1998 after 50 years of marriage.
Jack suffered a major stroke, which left him paralyzed on the right side and unable to swallow. Until his last days Jack, the tough Scotsman, could still tell his wife "I love you. We have had a great life." She told him she loved him and thanked him for the best ten years of her life. He died peacefully on December 24, 2007. His final words were "I have had a damn good life." We all know he is at peace and saving the last dance for us.
To his last day Jack loved life. Graciousness, generosity and goodwill were his greatest contributions. He cherished his role as a devoted father, grandfather and husband. He left a great footprint on his family, friends, students, colleagues and all who knew him. He was on the soccer team at Cornell. He loved skiing, hiking, water skiing and dancing. Jack and Donna took a safari to Africa for their honeymoon, they traveled to China, Egypt, Jordan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Brazil, Macchu Picchu, Argentina, Chile, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Scotland, France, Germany, Antarctica, and the Arctic. Jack went down the Grand Canyon over seven times and was famous for his knowledge of the geological formations. He was an avid fan of the University of Colorado Buffaloes football team and the Women's basketball team.
Jack served in the US Navy during World War II. He received his PhD in Geology at Columbia University in New York, Masters of Science in Geology at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, and Bachelors of Science in Engineering from the University of Cornell. In 2007, Jack had the honor of being awarded the prestigious Distinguished Service Award by the National and International Association of Petroleum Geologists for his groundbreaking work on 21st Century Energy and his important contributions in global energy predictions that help in the public's education of energy policy. In 2002, he testified on the floor of the Senate about the future of petroleum and alternative energy directions that needed to be taken. Jack had widespread influence in petroleum exploration and development at Shell Oil from 1949 to 1987 including serving as their Chief Geologist. He discovered the largest oil field in Brazil. After retirement from Shell, Jack served as adjunct professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder and at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
Memorial services will be held at 2 pm Saturday January 5, 2008 at the Academy, 970 Aurora, Boulder, CO. In lieu of flowers please send memorial gifts to the American Association of American Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) In Memory of John D. Edwards Memorial Scholarship Fund for geosciences graduate students P.O. Box 979 Tulsa, OK 74101-0979, or The University of Colorado Jack Edwards Scholarship Fund, Department of Geological Sciences University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0399.

Published in Denver Post on Dec. 28, 2007
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