In Memory

Jack Byrne (A-Mechanic -Oiler) - Class of 1997

Jack Byrne (A-Mechanic -Oiler)





Jack Byrne 


MISSOULA – Jack Byrne passed away Monday, April 7, 2014.  He was 78 years old.  A memorial service took place at St. Anthony Parish in Missoula Tuesday morning, April 15, 2014.

Jack was born in Butte on September 6, 1935, to Jack and Francis Byrne.  He died in Peoria, Arizona, with his loving wife Connie by his side.  He’s survived by his wife, Connie; brother, Patrick; daughters, Shannon and Kellie; stepdaughters, Cindy and Gina; sons, John and Kevin; stepson, Scott; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jack lived portions of his childhood in both Butte and Superior, and called Missoula home for the majority of his adult life.   He attended the University of Montana, and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.  Jack married the late Helen Scott in 1958, and married Connie Jarrett in 1989.

The majority of Jack’s career was spent at Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. in Frenchtown.  Jack joined the mill in the summer of 1970.  He refereed high school basketball and football, and was a solid athlete who excelled at baseball and boxing as a young man, later transitioning to fly-fishing, skiing and golf.  He could often be seen at the University Golf Course, enjoying his love of the Montana outdoors with a club in hand and a smile on his face.

Jack was a strong and stoic community leader, and was active in Alcoholics Anonymous as a mentor and sponsor.  He lived a life of sobriety for 30 years before his passing.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his family, those in need and the Missoula community.  Jack was a role model that lived life with fortitude, resilience and decency, all traits that will continue to live on in all those he touched as a confidant, companion and friend.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.



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04/13/14 07:23 AM #1    

Dave Peppenger (Paper Mill Supervisor) (2001)

Memories of years of working together, of the Frenchtown softball league, of hiking up Castle Rock in Arizona with Jack & Connie.  Rest well old friend.  Dave Peppenger

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