Jackson Riley

April 22,1955 — June 1, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
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Jackson Riley Courtesy photo

On June 1, 2021 Jackson Riley lost his battle with cancer.

Jackson was born John Richard Riley III in Cody, Wyo., on April 22,1955, to Nancy and John Richard Riley II.

Jackson spent his life in many different places as his father, a petroleum engineer with Amoco, moved around the oil fields often bringing his family along with him.

Jackson married Cathi Conkling in Denver in 1975 and were the proud parents of Shane and Katie Riley. He finally settled in Park City, Mont., and loved to travel the Rocky Mountains to enjoy their beauty and explore geology, his lifelong passion. In 2000, he met the love of his life Kathie Riley (Ovitt), and they were married on Aug. 21, 2004. This union brought along her grandchildren which he nurtured throughout the rest of his life.

In 2006, he received his geology degree from Rocky Mountain College and started his own oil field geology services company, Riley Wellsite Geosteering. Jackson loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer.

His love for family was very evident in everything he did. He loved taking his grandchildren fishing, camping and hiking. He would often take them hiking in the Pryor Mountains, Clark Canyon and East Rosebud. He would always tell people “The best job in the world is being a Grandpa (Papa) and I have that job.”

Jackson is survived by his wife, Kathie Riley of Park City, Mont.; children Shane Riley (Vika) of Aventura, Fla., Katie Riley (Phil Coutu) of Pensacola Fla., Wes Ovitt (Karen) of Joliet, Mont., Angela McCormick (Bill) of Joliet, Mont., Rob Ovitt (Mandy) of Joliet, Mont.; mother Nancy Riley of Ione, Wash.; brothers Mike Riley (Deb) Defiance, Ohio, Ron Riley of Evergreen, Colo., Kim Riley of Ione, Wash., Ross Riley (Jen) of West Minister, Colo., and David Riley (Bonnie) of Pleasanton, Kan. Jackson adored his 14 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank his granddaughter Jessica Gruel and brother Ross Riley who spent countless hours tending to Jackson in his final days as his medical team, for their dedication, kindness and compassion.

Also, the family would like to give thanks to his Laurel Fellowship Group for their continued support of the family, The Billings Clinic Oncology Team (Dr. Jesus Fabregas), Billings Clinic Radiation Team (Dr. John Schallenkamp), the incredible Stillwater Hospice nurses and CNAs, Project Footprints and all of the family and friends that contributed to Jackson’s comfort during his time of need.

There will be a memorial service at Smith’s Funeral Chapel in Laurel, Mont., at 11 a.m. on July 10, 2021, followed by a Celebration of Jackson’s life. In lieu of flowers we would like to request Memorials in Jackson’s name to be sent to Project Footprints (projectfootprintsmt@gmail. com) (406)905-1004. Bank of Joliet, P.O. Box 400, Joliet, MT 59041.