Eugene Jack was called home by our Grandfathers on Saturday, April 2 with his daughter, granddaughter, son-in-law and ex-wife by his side at Banner Churchill Hospital in Fallon. Eugene, born in Schurz on Dec. 13, 1949 was a lifelong father, grandfather, brother, uncle and mentor to many.
After graduating from Churchill County High School class of 1966, then attending Chilocco Indian School, he pursued a successful career as a wildland firefighter based out of Truckee, Calif. He worked on many crews in many positions, eventually becoming a division supervisor. After retiring from firefighting he attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he graduated with a degree in photojournalism. His passion for the power and beauty of nature led him to capture his experiences as a firefighter in photographs, work that was featured in The Nevada Appeal, Time Magazine, The New York Times and many more earning him several photojournalism awards along the way. He later became a professor of photojournalism at UNR as well as freelancing as a photographer with his company Dancing Light Photography.
Eugene served on the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribal Council many times in his life. His love for nature and the outdoors was only eclipsed by the love he held for his family, which was present every day of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew Jack and Lillian Moose-Jack; brother Gary Jack; nephews: Gerard Jim and James Standing Bear; niece Shaulina Standing Bear and survived by daughters: Sarah Jack Dockery and Natasia Ford; son: Samuel Turner-Jack; son-in-law: Thomas Dockery: granddaughter: Natalie Dockery; nephews: Daniel Ripley and Gerard Jim Jr,; sisters: Andrea Ripley and Audrey Jack of Fallon; brother: Randy Jack; sister-in-law: Heidi Jack; niece: Cheyenne Jack; sister Lois Jim of Schurz; brother: Michael Jack; sister-in-law: Hilda James and nephew: Robert Holbrooke and niece: Mary Holbrooke from Reno. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 at The Gardens Funeral Home, followed by a potluck luncheon at the Stillwater Tribal Gym.