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PAPALAPIN
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It is with a sad and heavy heart that I report the passing of my hero, and good friend, JACK HOWARD.

On Saturday, October 29, 2005, JACK HOWARD passed away at the age of 83, in Nevada City, CA. He is survived by his wife Dorothy. They had no children.

Many of you on TRADGANG had the honor of trading posts with Jack, and remember what a great guy he was. He was considered by many of us to be one of the best Bowyers ever. His CLASSIC and JET model bows were also considered by many to be the best bows ever made.

According to his wife, Jack began making bows in 1947, the same year they were married. He continued making bows until this year, still working on some shortly before his death. Jack had developed some unique methods in his bow production; methods not used by any other bowyer. The end result was a product that was not matched by many other bows. That is a career of 58 years. All bows were made 100% by him, from start to finish. No one else ever had any hand in producing his bows. That has to be the longest career of a single bowyer that I know of.

Jack was also one of the pioneers of modern bow hunting. He was one of the original BIVY HUNTERS in that he would back-pack into his favorite hunting countries for up to a week at a time, alone. His exploits and contributions to traditional archery will be remembered by many for years to come.

By now, he is in that Happy Hunting Ground, sitting around a campfire swapping lies with the likes of Fred Bear, Howard Hill, Ben Pearson, and others.

Jack's website can be seen at www.jacksgamemaster.com

He will be sadly missed.

So it is with fond memories that I say farewell to my hero, my friend, JACK HOWARD.

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JACK MILLET-TBG,TGMM Family of the Bow


"Don't worry about tomorrow. If the sun doesn't come up in the morning, we will play in the dark" - ME

The most important part of your hunting setup is the broadhead. The rest is just the delivery system.

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Goose
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That's a real bummer. He had a good life and was liked by many, and I'm sure he will be missed.
Goose

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Chris Wilson
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My deepest sympathies go out to his family and all who called him friend. He was a definate icon of the traditional community. I have no doubt he'll be missed greatly.

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"You're either trained or untrained. When it hits the fan, you will always fall to the level of your training."

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JC
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Got Jack's email last night, a very sad day for our commmunity. Prayers out to his family and friends who are left with a large emptiness from Mr. Howard's passing.

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"Being there was good enough..." Charlie Lamb reflecting on a hunt
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WaKeDa BT
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Prayers from Arkansas for his Wife and friends to find compfort in his and His peace.

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"Shoot'em when they ain't lookin"

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bayoulongbowman
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In prayer this morning , for one of the fore fathers in archery ....God bless...its sad mark#78... I remember his stories and adventures as a young kid , in many archery magazines.

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"If you're living your life as if there is no GOD, you had better be right!"

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ber643
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Blessings to him on his way, and to those left behind.

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Bernie: "Hunters Are People Too"

Ret'd USMC '53-'72

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JL
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I never had the chance to meet Jack but he has left his mark and will be remembered for many years to come. I wish peace for his family and freinds.

JL

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Mike Tomano
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Sad news. The guy is a legend. Godspeed to family and friends.

TOMANO

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"If you're not working to protect hunting, then you are working to destroy it." - Fred Bear

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Walkingstick
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Prayers for his wife for comfort in these times of great sorrow. Our Loss for sure but heaven's gain...Mac~

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" I always hunt with two other companions even though I mostly hunt alone - God and my dad."
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Hutch
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I've only spoken with Jack a couple of times, But the one thing that stands out the most was that he's going to do it his way, Period.

I'm sure that's how he lived his life, his way.

We have most assuredly lost an archery great.


My prayers for his eternal salvation,his wife I pray for her peace and strength in Jesus name, Amen.


Hutch

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insttech1
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Sad to hear this news...thanks for sharing.

I wish his family peace in their time of need.

Take Care,
Marc

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Gone but never forgotten.

May his legacy live forever.

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May Thors Hammer ring in your favor!

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Another icon gone. I'm glad that we have those who can keep his stories, his legacy, and his bows alive.
God Bless his family and friends.

Claudia

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TGMM Family of the Bow

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PAPALAPIN
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Anyone that has orders in for bows, please be patient. Phil and I are doing what we can to help Ms. Dorothy to settle up any orders she can. Orders that cannot be fulfilled will have their deposits or full payments returned. To help us in this effort, if you have sent money to Jack as a deposit or full payment, please e-mail me your complete contact information to include name, address, all phone numbers, e-maill address,and what you had on order. As soon as Ms. Dorothey can get things a bit settled down, she will make every effort to settle up. Jack had some bows that were ready for the final finish. I suggested to her that she sell them at a reduced price and let the owners send them the Bowdoc, Droptine59, or others that can finish them. The sanding is all done on most so the finishing price should be reasonable. However, Ms Dorothey would rather issue a refund rather than sell with a guarantee as she has no way of replacing bows under warranty. Before you agree to a refund, keep in mind that these bows may be the most collectible Howard bows ever, since they are the absolute last that he produced.

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JACK MILLET-TBG,TGMM Family of the Bow


"Don't worry about tomorrow. If the sun doesn't come up in the morning, we will play in the dark" - ME

The most important part of your hunting setup is the broadhead. The rest is just the delivery system.

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