Alfred Jack Hickey 89, passed away on July 8, at his home in Lonetree, surrounded by his family.
Jack was born in Lonetree on June 27, 1929, to Joseph and Erma Early Hickey in the ranch house that was built by his grandfather, Eugene Hickey, in 1908, that still stands today. Jack has lived his life in Lonetree on the ranch his grandfather started in 1874. He attended school in Lonetree and then worked for his father. He continued to work this way, buying land of his own when he could.
On July 8, 1952, he married Marian Hopkin, a daughter of Vern and May Stuart Hopkin. Marian grew up on a ranch near Woodruff, Utah. Jack and Marian were married 66 years.
Jack learned his good work ethic from his parents and often recalled living in a sheep camp feeding cattle by himself during the cold winters of 1948 and ‘49. Jack worked hard to take care of his livestock and land. Jack always liked cattle and horses. He especially liked horses that bucked. This was evident by the 25 years he competed in the pro rodeos and by the string of bucking broncs he maintained clear to this day.
He served a term as an area spokesman for the Rodeo Cowboys Association and he served on the Lonetree and Mtn. View school boards. Jack was chosen in 2005 by the Wyoming Game and Fish as the Landowner of the Year for the Green River region and was inducted into the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2014. With these accomplishments, what meant the most to him was doing ranch work with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jack is survived by his wife, Marian; four children, Joe V. (Cindy Hofer), Michael (Trudy Walker), Louise (Keith Kennedy) and Jim (Julie Hamblin), all of Lonetree; one sister, Zola McMahon of Maquoketa, Iowa; one nephew, Mike McMahon; one niece, Shawnna McMahon Murphy; 13 grandchildren and their spouses; and 30 great-grandchildren.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, one brother (Dick) and one great-granddaughter.
A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, July 13, at the Urie Stake Center and from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, with the service to follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Fort Bridger Cemetery.
The family gives a special thank you to Cowboy Care for their tender love and concern.
Condolences may be made at www.crandallfhevanston.com.