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Jack was the son of Howard and Marian Keown who farmed at Croll, Manitoba. As a young boy, his family moved to farm at Carroll, Manitoba.
Jack started a career with the Royal Bank of Canada in 1968. On August 8, 1970, Jack and Norma were married. They lived in numerous towns in Manitoba as Jack would be transferred – namely Beausejour, Selkirk, Melita, Boissevain, Miniota and Roblin. Their first child Darren was born September 30th, 1975 and their second son, Ryan arrived May 6th, 1978. Jack and Norma loved meeting new people and experiencing everything each move had to offer, but Roblin felt like home. In December 1987, Jack moved on from the Royal Bank and started Roblin Auction Mart (1988) Ltd. Jack had always loved cattle and farming. He also owned Chicken Delight in Yorkton. His years of experience in the bank, afforded him the opportunity to work for MASC for 16 years while continuing to farm.
Jack had 2 true loves in his life – his family (who always came first) and his farm with those black cattle. He and Darren spent countless hours processing cattle and building up the feedlot. Jack was never afraid of work and always set a very high standard for himself. He encouraged his family to follow this example under his loving and guiding support. Everyone who knew Jack knew how much he loved meeting the guys at the “shop” and all the knowledge that evolved from those social gatherings.
Jack was affiliated with the United Church and had also been a member of the Lions Club, the Kinsmen Club, was a Minor Baseball and Minor Hockey coach and was a current member of the Roblin Golf & Country Club.
His biggest achievements in life were the birth of his sons, seeing them both marry beautiful wives and the birth of his seven grandchildren. Jack and Norma vacationed extensively to various areas in Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. His favourite trips were the ones when his entire family was together – like the last three winters in Mexico. Jack loved country music and especially appreciated Elvis Presley, Brooks and Dunn and was the proudest and biggest fan of his son, Ryan. His biggest passion was having his family live close by so he could watch the grandchildren grow.
Jack leaves behind his loving wife Norma, his son Darren (Melanie), their three children Kaylynn, London and Lincoln and his son Ryan (Zoe) and their family Delaney, Austin, Ethan and Corbin. He is predeceased by his parents and brother Wynn.
May Jack’s legacy live on in his family.
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