John (Jack) Gilbert Stark Jan. 21, 1926 — Aug. 28, 2013
Jack Stark was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, to Gilbert and Caroline Stark, on the “Island” (in Clifton). He was the baby of the family of 8 children and was the last to go heaven. His father was a retired sheep man, his herding area being along the outlaw trail in northwest Colorado. Jack moved to Canyon Creek at age 9 and went to school at Canyon Creek School. He joined the Navy during WWII and was stationed in the Palau Islands as a top secret radar operator.
He returned home to marry Belle Collins in 1946, divorced 1959. The newlyweds moved to Canyon Creek; where he built a two room cabin with a cellar, on 8 acres of land for his family of 3. Jack married Lou Smallwood in 1961. With a combination of Jack and Lou’s children they were an instant family of 5 children. Later on, he built two other homes on that same property. Jack planted strawberries on the land. Being the best around, he donated the strawberries for Strawberry Days for many years.
In his professional career, Jack was employed at United Lumber, Hank Williams Dairy, John Hudson roofing and Mid Continent Limestone. At one point, he founded and operated Garfield Roofing. Jack Stark was a Master Carpenter who built three custom homes in Carbondale. Years later he moved to Lyons, Colorado, and had owned a trailer park. He sold it and spent his time remodeling a log house. Then moved to Loveland.
Jack leaves behind his wife of 51 years: Lou (Smallwood) and children: Vivian Stark, Melody Sanders, Dave Stark, Karen Musser, Lil’ David Stark, John Jr. Stark, Glen Stark, and 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
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Jack Stark had a strong handshake, always held to his word and had an overwhelming personality. He had a knack for talking and could cheer up any crowd. He was a MASTER FISHERMAN, HUNTER, card player, horseshoe thrower and bowler.
A celebration of LIFE will be held at the Lil’ Red School house at Canyon Creek, Sept 14, 2013 at noon. This is a POTLUCK lunch. Please bring your stories of “Jack” and your smiles.
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