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Opinion: Remembering Jack Downs

I was saddened and shocked to see the obituary about my friend Jack Downs in the 9-7-16 issue of the Sierra Sun.

Jack was a guy who liked to smile, hear or tell a good story or joke and have a good laugh. And his smile and laugh were contagious. The Dalai Lama defines a successful life as one where you make people smile or laugh, which to me pretty well describes Jack.

I will remember Jack, standing waist deep in the cool Truckee River at dusk after work, catching a fish, admiring its beauty and then releasing it back to the river.

At times like that, Jack was in heaven before he died. I believe that even the fish will miss his presence.

Neil Pankler