Jack R. Hinnaland, age 73 passed away at the Glendive Medical center on April 13, 2023 with his wife at his side.
He was born to Daniel S. Hinnaland and Gertrude M. (Kerr) Hinnaland on October 8th, 1949. He was the fourth of seven children. Jack was born in Jordan, MT and attended grade school at the Coal Creek school on the family ranch in Brockway, Montana and attended high school in Circle MT
He grew up on a third- generation ranch on Coal Creek near Brockway and Flowing Wells. Jack learned to ride horses at an early age. He was even known to ride a milk cow or two! From the Little Britches Rodeo in his youth, to riding saddle broncs in the Montana Rodeo Association and the Northern Rodeo Association, while also working as a pickup man. Jacks’ family was the stock contractor for the Brockway Dairy Days rodeo for many years. His love of ranching and rodeo and his hard work ethic, he learned from his dad. Jack eventually took over the reins, continuing the legacy of the Brockway Dairy Days.
In 1971, Jack married Evalyn Mothershead. They raised two sons, Quinn and Zane, on the family ranch. Passing on to them the cowboy way of life. In November of 1986, Evalyn, “Pudge”, was killed in a tragic pickup/horse trailer accident, that left a huge void in Jack and the boys’ lives.
Ten years later, that void was filled when he met Debby Walton. Jack and Debby married in 1997. From that union he gained two stepdaughters, Leah and Shannon. Five granddaughters and one great granddaughter were to follow. Where Jack was, Debby was, they were always together…best friends. Together on the family ranch, they raised cattle, bucking horses, and some of the best saddle horses around. Raising and providing rough stock for rodeos, including High school rodeos all over Montana. Jack enjoyed sharing his knowledge of bareback and saddle bronc riding with the kids and watching their progress. Jack will also be remembered for helping organize wagon trail rides along the Musselshell, Ingomar and Circle to Brockway, as well as trailing bucking horses from the ranch to the Jordan match bronc ride and then trailing them back home. This was a 5-day event full of family and friends. Many great memories were made.
At 50 years old, Jack hung up his spurs and quit riding broncs in rodeos. Although, he never really quit riding broncs. Also, later in “retirement” Jack took pride in refurbishing saddles and horse tack, as well as collecting wagons and horse buggies. In 2022, Jack and Debby were inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. This was a great honor to Jack. Jack also had his photograph featured in National Geographic for the Missouri River Breaks. Jack had many 15 minutes of fame throughout his life.
Jack leaves behind his beloved Wife and sidekick Debby, son Quinn, stepdaughters Leah (Lance and children) Kolstad, Shannon (Jim and children) Stone, sisters Kay Wolff, Dana Wahl and Mari Pederson brother-in-law Glen Beecher and sister-in-law Mary Alice Hinnaland. Jack had numerous nieces and nephews that he was especially fond of. He also left behind many, many good friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, son Zane K. Hinnaland, twin sister Jill Beecher, brothers Bob Hinnaland and Todd Hinnaland, nephew Danny Wahl and brother’s in-law Bill Wahl, Roland Pederson, Vaughn Walton and Sherman Jaycox and sister-in-law Donna Wildman.
Jack lived life to the fullest and on his own terms. He was one of the last true cowboys.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Jacks name to the Montana High School Rodeo Association.
Services are Friday April 21st, 2023 at 11o’clock at the First Lutheran Church in Circle Montana. There will be a luncheon for all at the VFW in Circle following the memorial service.
Burial will be at a later date.
Read the thoughts and memories, then feel free to add your own.
Bob and Marge Moore says
Sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He is in a better place now, with the family that passed before him and old friends.
Jim and Annalise Willson says
We are so sorry to hear about Jack. He was a very good friend and great bronc rider. Jack, P.J. Shumaker and I won several Wild horse races at Terry, Brockway, and other Rodeos including the Miles City Bucking horse sale. It was always a pleasure to run into Jack and have a great visit. We will certainly miss him. Rest In Peace Jack you deserve the rest.
Friends for ever Jim and Annalise Willson
robert beason says
sorry to hear of this
knew him in high school
Sharon (Paulson) Finneman says
I’m sorry to hear of Jack’s death. I went to school with Jack and Jill. Very sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Richard Moline says
It is with sadness that I hear of Jack’s passing. He was a great friend and sometimes beer drinking buddy and Model T driver. Rest in Peace Jack.
Louise Twitchell says
Sorry to hear about Jack. He was definitely one of a kind. He will be missed at all the little rodeos.
Dave and Mary Jensen says
Sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Always a great time when with Jack. Deer hunts, skunk hunts, and of course branding. Rest in Peace Jack you have definitely earned it!!
Hubing Girls says
Just thinking about all the Hinnalands and all the Motherheads together somewhere up in the wild blue yonder hooting and hollering as Jack rolls in. What a grand party to be had.
Randall Mothershead says
Sorry to hear of Jacks passing he was a good friend and a good neighbor. He wii be missed
Roscoe Schmidt says
All cowboy and no quite in him. A good neighbor and friend and a treasure to the community. R I P
Joyce Langemo Camper says
Sorry to hear that the Brockway/Watkins community has lost another member.
I rode the Brockway bus with his twin, Jill and his little sister, Mary and sometimes Jack
but if Jack could take his Ranchero instead of riding the bus, he did. The problem was that pickup had a steering problem and rarely made it all the way to Circle, instead the pickup had a hard time making it pass the Brockway turn off . And since he was in Brockway, he would pick up his side kick Johnny to ride shotgun.
If only that Ranchero could talk!
Mary Jo (Nerud) Lawrence says
So very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Twins Jack and Jill were in my class of 1967.
Condolences to all Hinnaland families. I can remember seeing Jack bucking on many
Broncs at area rodeos. A true cowboy.
Mary Jo (Nerud) Lawrence says
So very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Condolences to all families. Twins Jack and Jill were in my class of 1967.
I can remember seeing Jack bucking on many Broncs at area rodeos. A true cowboy.
Jana Sept Wilson says
My deepest condolences to the family for their significant loss. They don’t make them like Jack any longer. He left an indelible mark. Godspeed, Cowboy.
Darci Wagner says
My heart breaks for you, Debby. Jack’s life kept the cowboy legacy going in this great nation. He lived it and he taught it. Some folks speak of living; you two really did live. Oh, the memories you must have! May you find peace and comfort in those memories.
Roxy (Kasten) Musser says
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending many prayers your way.
Mary Kasten Grube says
I’m so sorry for your loss. Another Hinnalind left a void in this earth. He will be missed and I pray for you all in this time of grief. God bless.
Hardy Deming says
Sounds like he was a great guy. My condolences to his family.
Jack Billingsley says
Sorry for your loss. Will miss seeing Jack at the rodeos.
Roger Rock says
I was saddened to learn of Jack’s passing in this weeks Glasgow Courier. Our friendship goes back over 50 years, starting at a Bucking Horse Sale. We got together on New Year’s Eve a few years ago, reminiscing about old times and rodeos. He seemed full of life then. His death is a loss for rodeo and the young people of Eastern Montana. He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sandy Jaycox says
A weekend visit with Jack and Debbie:
My family visited Montana a couple years ago and we stopped by to visit the Hinnaland’s. On our second day there Jack and Debbie hitched up three teams to wagons and took all 19 of us on a one day wagon train ride. We all have great memories of that weekend!
Thanks again Jack and Debbie!
Rest in Peace Jack!
Michele Mickolio says
JACK HINNALAND, a Legend in deed. Yes what a celebration IN HEAVEN for sure! REST IN Peace Cowboy. Prayers for comfort and peace for all who are missing him.