Norgard: Jack Everett
March 28, 1934 – February 8, 2020
Dad, Jack Everett Norgard, saddled up and rode away peacefully on February 8, 2020, at the Oyen Extended Care. Jack was born on March 28, 1934, in Claresholm, Alta. and lived there for 84 years.
Dad moved to Oyen on December 15, 2018, to be closer to his family. Jack joined his wife Donna, parents Viggo and Elna, brothers
Henry and Ken, twin sister Joan, sister-in-law Mada, brothers-in-law Murray Alm and George Sutcliffe, niece Sherry Dale Orge and nephew John Norgard.
For those of you who knew Dad, you know he loved the simple life living on Poverty Creek Ranch for 50 years until the age of 82. The best cattle were Herefords and the best rum was Lemon Hart (especially in the Stavely Bar). Dad’s hero was John Wayne and he only wanted to watch John Wayne movies, listen to Hank Snow and Johnny Cash, or read Louis L’amour books. Dad enjoyed dancing with Mom, coffee time with neighbours, picking raspberries from his garden, and camping and fishing in the Gap with various friends, most often with Don and Myrna Glimsdale and Al and Helen McKee.
Dad was well known for having a sweet tooth and holds the record for eating seven pieces of the pie after supper at Lorne and Marion Hoffman’s branding, as well as eating 21 pancakes and 12 cobs of corn on other occasions. In the early years, Dad enjoyed hunting with his brother Ken and cousin, Geoff Norgard. He enjoyed teaching everything he knew about hunting, including his elk call to his nephew Darcy Alm and neighbour boys Skip Selk and Craig DeForest.
Dad also enjoyed calf roping with his cousin Arnold Norgard and was better known as “Blurr.” Brandings were done the old fashion way with a wood-burning fire to heat the JN brand, great neighbours came to help and cold beer was in the creek, and a Hereford roast followed for supper. Rails were cut each year from back west to fix corrals and extra wood gathered for his wood-burning stove in the house.
Dad will be fondly remembered for composing his song “Alf Alfie High”, telling Ollie and Olga jokes, and teaching all the young folks Danish words. Dad was quite proud of his Danish descent and never let up on reminding everyone and bragging about it. Pete heard several times how lucky he was to have married a Danish Gal.
Dad loved calving out and raising Hereford cattle as well as raising and breaking colts (his favourite were strawberry roans) on the ranch. He supplemented his income by milking cows and working for the neighbouring Sharples Ranch for 25 years. Moving cows by horseback from home to the 44 for green summer grass and back home again in the fall was a hi-lite each year.
After selling the ranch, Dad moved to the Porcupine Hills Lodge for three years. All the staff was very good to him and he especially enjoyed going out for meals if ‘Dean’ was cooking. He loved teasing them all about going to the Stavely bar. His close friends Joan Larson, Art Peters, Toni Jost and Don and Myrna Glimsdale were very good to him and took him out for meals at his favourite restaurants like ‘Roy’s Place’ and the old post office ‘Fresh Sugar’ for ice cream. Dad’s will to continue living was inspired by looking forward to seeing his two grandsons, granddaughter and great-grandson. He especially looked forward to Christmas with the fam jam and to have Deb`s turkey stuffing and gravy that tasted just like Auntie Kari’s. The wing and the neck were reserved for him only.
We were truly blessed to have dad move closer for this past year, we got to see him every day and the Oyen Extended Care Staff (including his favourite son in law – Pete) took excellent care of this “shy old cowboy” – who insisted on wearing his blue jeans every day!
Jack aka Dad, Gramps, Papa, Bixie, Cowboy Jack and Uncle Jack will be sadly missed by his daughter Deb, his favourite son-in-law Pete, Grandsons Derek (wife Brandi) and Dustin, his special great-grandson Jackson Rafa, sisters Gladys Sutcliffe and Leona (Don) Smith, numerous nieces and nephews, and his long-time friend and partner in crime, Art Peters. Until we meet again, love you Dad, “SKOAL.”
A family memorial will be held in Claresholm at a later date.