John Otis (Jack) Hash passed away on July 3, 2015. Jack was born on June 16, 1930, to John Otis (Red) and Myra (Shaw) Hash in Hardin, Mont. Jack was a true cowboy who would always tell it like it is.
A few years after Jack was born the family moved to a ranch near Luther. Jack’s love for horses started young and was prominent throughout his life. He spent his childhood attending school and working on the ranch with his family. At 19, Jack participated with John and Merrill Miller in an endurance relay race from Livingston to Big Timber and they won.
Jack met the love of his life at a Christmas dance in Roscoe, Mont. Rosina Branger’s beauty and passion for the ranching life made it love at first sight. Jack and Rosina wed on June 18, 1952 at the Tee O Bar Ranch and started their family shortly thereafter. They spent their years ranching together raising cattle, horses, and their three boys J.O., Bill, and Ed.
Jack enjoyed taking his family on pack trips in the mountains, fishing and hunting. Spring was a time when they would help their neighbors brand. While working full time on the ranch, Jack also worked at the Red Lodge Ski Area, guided hunters in Slough Creek, helped put on local rodeos, and spent 41 years working as a deputy brand inspector.
Jack had many talents and hobbies including rodeo where he rode bareback horses, saddle broncs, and bulls. He was known for his beautiful teams of draft horses, spending countless hours breaking them to drive.
When Jack didn’t have a team to work with he broke riding horses to drive his wagons. Jack and his team of Maggie and Jiggs were the lead wagon in the 1989 Great Montana Centennial Cattle Drive.
Rodeo was one of Jack’s passions. Jack was honored as Grand Marshal for the 1999 Home of Champions Rodeo Parade in Red Lodge. He attended the National Finals Rodeo for 29 consecutive years. He enjoyed every minute meeting up with old friends and making new ones over the years.
In 2011 Jack and Rosina were presented the Cowboy and Cowgirl Heritage Award from the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall & Wall of Fame in appreciation of preserving the Western Heritage way of life.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife Rosina Clara (Branger) Hash.
He is survived by siblings Mary O’Shea, Charles (Bonnie) Hash, Robert Hash. His children, J.O. (Erica), Bill (Linda), and Ed, his grandchildren; Anna (Kyle) Donohoe, Justin, Scott, Kevin, and Steven, great grandchildren; Brooke and Claire Donohoe, and Alayna and Abigail Hash
A memorial and celebration of Jack’s life will take place at the Hash Ranch Roscoe, Mont., on Sept. 4 at 5 p.m. Memorial donations may be sent to your local Future Farmers of America chapter.