Jack Bayer of Hamilton, Mt., beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Dec. 14, 2006 following a courageous and short battle with cancer. Jack was born in Alton, Ill. on June 18, 1944. Following graduation from high school he proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He and Barbara married in 1965 and remained happily married until his death.
They had three children; son, Darren of Missoula, daughter, Julie Wakefield of Reno, Nevada and one stillborn daughter. His career in law enforcement began while in the Air Force and continued with the California Department of Corrections, the California Highway Patrol and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department in Truckee. He retired in 1997 with two titles; Nevada County Sheriffs Captain, and Town of Truckee Chief of Police. Following their retirement, he and Barbara made their home in Hamilton.
Jack was a member of Rotary International in Truckee and Hamilton. He was also a huge supporter of the Rotary Youth Leadership program. During their retirement years, Jack and Barbara enjoyed traveling and playing golf. Jack was an active member of the Hamilton Golf Club. He also played an integral role in the building of the Canyon Hideaway Playground in Hamilton in the fall of 2005.
In addition to Barbara, Darren and Julie, Jack leaves his two grandsons, Everett and Garet Bayer, daughter-in-law Tami; son-in-law, Steve Wakefield; sister Arline Westfall; stepfather, Arlie Schon, and nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to count. Jack was a host father to AFS exchange student Carlos Tassistro in 1986, who now resides with his wife and two children in Tampa. They have remained an extended family. Preceding Jack in death were his father, Jack Bayer, mother Norma Bayer Schon, and his much-loved dog, Dudley.–
Memorial services will be held Dec. 19, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. at the Corvallis Methodist Church with Pastor Mick Gray officiating. A private family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collection Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693.—
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