Jack R. Austin died May 12, 2017, at his home in Austin. He was 77.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 19, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.
He was born in Delta on Aug. 25, 1939, to Clarence and Delores (Richardson) Austin. He spent his childhood in Eckert and Cedaredge. His family homesteaded near the base of Grand Mesa in the early 1900s.
He worked in logging, truck driving, building roads, mining and other various trades. He was a self-taught mechanic.
He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, gardening, discovering new roads and being outdoors.
He is survived by his daughters, Sherry (Aaron) Willis of Cedaredge, Janet (Craig) Geesing of Montrose, Kay (Robert) Proctor of Delta and Tina (Chris) Chandler of Montrose; a sister, Joy Allmon of Grand Junction; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his companion of 20 years, Nancy Hensing; a brother, Clarence Austin Jr.; and a sister, Dorothy Stengel.
Memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest, PO Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.