Jay (Jack) M. Bair
Jay (Jack) M. Bair of Carbondale passed away on February 20, 2008. He was 91. He was born on May 25, 1916 in Alpine, Utah to Joseph and Lila (Healy).
Jack married Laura Elizabeth Gardner on June 21, 1948, in Carbondale. He was an Army veteran, Teamsters member, and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Jack started his livestock career early after dropping out of school and going to work for Deseret Livestock near Evanston, Wyo. After few years with the company, he migrated to Colorado where his grandfather and uncles were ranching. For many years Jack worked for a number of big sheep ranchers in western Colorado spending summers in the high cool mountains and winters in the desert country of western Colorado and eastern Utah. In the early 1960s Jack and his nephew LeGande Bair leased the Golden Bair sheep operation near Glenwood Springs and ran it for 11 years.
At this time in his life Jack had four teenage boys whom he thought needed to have some direction in their lives. At this time he went to work for Morrison Knudson as a tire man and loading dock worker, this allowed Jack to be at home to watch his sons sporting events. Jack worked for Morrison Knudsen until about 1980 when he retired. When asked how he liked retirement he said retirement was great but he missed his days off. At this time Jack bought four cows. Over the next few years Jack, with the help of his sons, turned those four cows into a successful cow calf operation. Jack sold the cows in 2001, but continued to irrigate up to his 91st birthday. Jack was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where he served as branch president, bishop, and many other church callings.
Jack is preceded in death by his sons Grant and Wade; brothers Lloyd, Irvin, and Evan; sisters Beryl Carlisle and Carol Bair.
He is survived by his wife Laura, sons Marlin (Nancy) Bair, Larry (Konea) Piffer, Wendell Bair, Woody Bair. Daughters Jean (Jim) Schauster, JaNaye (Steve) Williams, Janice (Hastings) Moore, and his brother Joe (Chris) Bair. Jack has 27 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.
A visitation will take place Feb. 28, 2008 at 9:30a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, in Glenwood Springs. A funeral service will be held Feb. 28, 2008 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Glenwood Springs, at 11 a.m.. Bishop Darrell Warren officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Carbondale.
The family asks that memorials be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. 19 N. Tejon St. #210 Colorado Springs CO 80903.
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