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Jack Jonas passed away 7-8-15

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by KNOBLOCHS, Jul 9, 2015.


    KNOBLOCHS New Member

    We are saddened to announce that Jack Jonas has passed away 7-8-15, Jack has done so much for this industry and knew so many people around the world and has spent his entire life in the taxidermy industry. Jack has also done a lot for SCI and helping start new chapters, you will be missed.

    Mark Daniels

    Jack Jonas passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015. A true taxidermy industry icon, Jack was the grandson of Coloman Jonas and the former manager of Jonas Bros. Taxidermy in Denver. A member of the SCI Hunting Hall of Fame, Jack was a celebrated hunting guide, conservationist, and nearly singlehandedly saved big game hunting in Alaska. For the past two decades he has been the leading taxidermy appraiser in the world.
  2. Bravesfan

    Bravesfan New Member

    Wow, what a loss. Sorry to here this, thanks for sharing Mark.

  3. finazducks

    finazducks EJ is not the only one to have two Wasco Awards

    R.I.P. My friend
  4. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    I first met Jack when I visited the Jonas studio in Denver. Jack showed us all around and was a great guy. My condolences to the family.
  5. Sorry to hear that Mark..
  6. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

  7. Wow another true Icon gone. Long time ago since I had gator down in Texas with Jack. He will be missed.
  8. Bill Yox

    Bill Yox Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear...rest in peace.
  9. Bruce_Rittel

    Bruce_Rittel Consultant Services

    Sorry to hear about Jack. My condolences to you and your Family Mark! He'll be missed. Rest in Peace Jack!
  10. George

    George The older I get, the better I was.

    Condolences to call those near and dear to Jack.
  11. Rick Krane

    Rick Krane Fish Taxidermist/ Judge/ Sculptor/ Instructor

    My condolences to the family. Such a nice man! Prayers to the family and friends.

    Rick Krane
  12. Museum Man

    Museum Man Well-Known Member

    what a great guy he was...very sad news
  13. James Marsico

    James Marsico Well-Known Member

    I remember when I first met him in Denver at the downtown Jonas studios about 40 years ago. I told him I just wanted to look around and that I was a taxidermist from Alaska. He gave me a grand deluxe tour of the entire place introducing me around etc. He could not of been nicer. Prayers for him and and his family.
  14. Rick Carter

    Rick Carter Administrator

    I met Jack at an NTA show years ago. He was friendly and funny, with a lot of neat stories to tell. A great guy who will be missed. I appreciate all of the things Jack did for the taxidermy industry and for hunting.
  15. B Jones

    B Jones Memeber of - NTA,UTA,AIT.Proud Member of NZTA.

    Condolences to the Jonas family, I did not know this man but I do know the history of this family. Thank you for what you have done for this industry
  16. John Janelli

    John Janelli New Member

    What a loss to our industry it was to learn of the passing of Jack Jonas. To say he was my friend is an honor and a privilege I'm certain many people can be proud to claim too. To me, he was more than that. He virtually taught me how to defend and promote our profession from Boys Scouts to rogue scholars, in church halls to university halls. And I listened.
    So much more is owed to Jack Jonas than I can write here and now, but I assure you there's more to come on this icon so that he and his accomplishments will be published and remembered.
    Here's a glimpse at the celebrity side of him as we fondly recalled the time he stayed in our little home here back in 2004. He exclaimed that he added many new prospects to his 'Black Book' of lady friends while being 'out and about' with us. He swooned the senior gals down in Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken better than Old Blue Eyes himself could have done. That was an exciting week as we not only surprised his cousin Zella Jonas Merritt (Lou Jonas' daughter) with a visit to her home in Hudson, NY but we managed to steal her away for a weekend as they both became the gracious guests of the United Taxidermists of New York show, then held in Syracuse. He bought one ticket for a Matthews bow and won it. Jokingly, someone's girlfriend came up to him, sat on his lap and told him that she would love to give that bow to her boyfriend. He quipped back at her with all the charm and finesse of Dean Martin and said; "Sure, tell your boy friend he could pick up both you and the bow tomorrow morning from my room!" Then Zella pounced on him like a caged lion on a meal and said, "Boy, I see that you Colorado Jonas's are still the same!" To look at the line forming of great taxidermists at our table waiting their turn to meet Jack and Zella was nothing short of amazing. Incidentally, I killed a wood bison and a cape buffalo with that same bow, the only compound that ever meant anything to me. We laughed all night until we all got teary eyed on Sunday to say our goodbyes to everybody and each other. When Carol and me finally got him to the airport to go home, he reached into his pocket and handed me a mint 1886 silver dollar. He shared that "Grandfather (Coloman) Jonas" always gave him and big brother Joe a silver dollar at Christmas, and this was the last one Jack got from him as he gave it to me. Needless to say, I've showed it off a time or two since that day.
    Maybe now I can finally admit why the SCI Trophy Preparation Seminar we've been doing for the past few years is so special to me personally. Jack started doing that more than 30 years ago and always encouraged me to do the same thing. What a great set of footsteps to follow! Here's the contents of a letter that was sent to him as it reads about that first seminar:

    April 14, 1982
    Jack Jonas
    1037 Broadway
    Denver, CO 80203

    Dear Jack,
    On behalf of us all, I want to express our sincerest thanks and appreciation for preparing and organizing what has to be one of the most popular seminars that we have ever hosted at the Convention.
    We have received many compliments, particularly from nationally known outdoor writers in attendance about the various seminar programs and everyone continually referred to yours. Unless you have any other feelings, let's plan on doing it again next year. We are also considering one in the field care of firearms.
    I know how much these extra duties and commitments at the Convention take away from your floor time and, therefore, we are doubly thankful to you for your contributions.
    Holt Bodinson
    cc: C.J. McElroy
    SCI Executive Committee

    For all his support throughout his years with the NTA, I nominated him for Honorary Member in 2005 and he was tickled pink when I called to tell him it was voted for unanimously. (Mr. Ivan Harvey was voted the same status on that very day as well.)
    Jack had also given us a 3 hour taped interview with him and with that his personal collection of People Magazine, early Bob Williamson Breakthrough and about 20 other leading periodicals that featured his incredible story at Jonas Bros.

    If you ever had Jack sign a copy of Game Trails or The Jonas Story for you, he often did it like this;

    "Here's wishing you lots of love and happiness - Jack Jonas"
  17. finazducks

    finazducks EJ is not the only one to have two Wasco Awards

    Thanks for that inspirational essay ,about Jack, John. He was a hell of a guy. The only thing missing was how You ended up with the bow lol
  18. John Janelli

    John Janelli New Member

    Only because there were a so many witnesses at the time, when I took Jack over to meet my Mom, she didn't know what to cook for him. So she went to the butcher, not the grocery store, a real butcher shop as in fresh cut meats only. She brought back one T-bone steak, one rib eye and one porter house steak, simply thinking she would give the Colorado gentleman his choice preference hoping one out of three would be alright for him. My Aunt Alice, (Mom's older widowed sister) was alive then and she coached my mother on how to cook steaks country style for whatever that meant. Now if you knew Jack, you'd know he liked his cocktails before dinner and so did my 86 year old aunt at the time. When Jack was offered his choice of cuts, he held my mother's hands as if pleading and said, "Mrs. Janelli, I come from Colorado where I can have any steaks I want at any time in some of the finest restaurants out west. But no one has ever cooked a real Italian meal for me in my life the way people say you can make right here. Do you have any pasta and sauce? I would really love that instead!"
    Well, 'sauce' my mother never made. Gravy - is something she always makes and a whole fresh pot was on the stove complete with meatballs, neck bones and sausages. She taught Jack the different types and blends of pasta such as Angel hair spagehtti to gnochi. He settelled on linguini because he said it sounded the most Italian to him. That at all went fine with Jack and my family enjoyed him as much he enjoyed us in the same house we were all born and raised in.

    Are you with me so far Tony? Good.

    A few days later we were at the UTNY show, Jack buys the one winning ticket on the bow and after the applause died down a bit, he asked me outside into the hall way, looked me dead in the eye and said, "You bow hunt right?" I said sure, why? He told me that with all due respect, he'd trade the bow for my Aunt Alice's phone number. What could be more harmless than that? So I gave him her number and he gave me the bow. But that didn't stop Jack from playing the field when he got back to the table. Carol monitored both events with all scrutiny and fun you may be assured of that. By the way, when I told Mom that Jack had died a few days ago, she remembered him as much as if he just left the house. She booked a Mass in the chuch for Jack because that's the way she was taught to believe. I think more deceased taxidermists have had catholic masses said for them than you can imagine, just for meeting my mother even only once.
  19. Allie

    Allie Active Member

    Thanks, John. Another great story from you about another great man.
  20. Tahrhunter

    Tahrhunter www.taxidermy.co.nz

    End of an era.
    Condolences from the Jacobs family.