Jack was born March 11, 1921 in Drummond, Mont. to John and Mary Hamilton. He was the second of seven children and they grew up in nearby Helmville. He met June Jones at a local dance and they married Dec. 12, 1953. His brother Vern married June’s sister Ida. Jack and June made their home in the Ovando/Helmville area for 10 years.
Jack and June had four children; Janiece, John, Joy and Jeanette. The Hamiltons moved to Thompson Falls in 1963 to work for Rossignol Logging with a group of other logging families.
He spent most of his life working outdoors and always believed in working hard. He was a trail guide and outfitter in the Bob Marshall Wilderness for many years and wanted that to be his final resting place looking at the Chinese Wall. He was also a ranch hand and for most of his adult life, a sawyer. After retirement he was contracted for work through the Postal Service and he greatly enjoyed spending time at the post office.
Jack loved nothing better than going out and cutting loads of firewood, often for others but also for his own family. In his retirement years he took a liking to gardening as well, and grew some of the tastiest produce in Thompson Falls.
Jack is preceded in death by all of his six siblings; Vern, Bob, Melvin, Margie, Grant and Spike. His sister Margie passed away earlier this month.
He is survived by his wife, four children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. June resides in Thompson Falls as does son, John. Janiece lives in Kalispell, Joy in Deer Lodge, and Jeanette lives in Pasco, Wash. Grandchildren are Stephanie, Stuart, Johnathon, Scott, Jacki and Keaton. Great-grandchildren are Otto, Oscar, Alex, Emily and Jason.