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John Hack


John Hack

John Arthur Hack, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at home on December 29, 2014. His smile, his ability to make people laugh, his generosity, and his twinkly blue eyes will be missed by many. John never knew a stranger.

John was born in Baker, Oregon, on July 27, 1944, to Laurance Hack and Shirley Bennett Hack, the fifth child in a family of 12 children, and lived on a large cattle ranch in Keating, Oregon with his parents and siblings. John's parents instilled in him his strong work ethic and love of family.

He had his first job at age 14 with the Harry Coombs Ranch at Prairie City, Oregon, where he worked behind hundreds of head of cattle. He then went on the road to participate in rodeos, travelling all over the U.S., and for a short time worked in Hollywood, horse wrangling for movie productions. He loved to shape hats and he had a talent for it and was asked to do it often. He was drafted into the Army in 1965 and was stationed at Ft. Irwin, California, then served in Vietnam in 1966.

John met Candy (Roe) Hack, the love of his life, at the Pendleton Roundup in 1965, and married her on April 2, 1966, in Las Vegas, NV. Through the late 1960s and 70s, John worked at Jones & Scott Readymix in Walla Walla; did drilling with Boyle's Brothers Drilling; put in guardrail on highways all over the northwest with Stillwell & Gerard; worked at Rancho Idaho in Bruneau, Idaho; and worked at Hibbard's Hornless Herefords in Imbler, Oregon.

After moving to Goldendale in 1976, John became District Rep for Moorman's Livestock Feed, winning many sales awards over the years. His work took him all around Klickitat County and into central Oregon, of course making many friends along the way. John always loved cars, which led him to work at Stiff's Chevrolet, and then to owning his own business, Hack's Cars and Trucks, and Hack's Auto Station; where he sold cars, trucks, farm equipment, rock and gravel until his death.

John also looked forward to Camp Grammy & Grampy each summer, a special visit with his grandchildren that included eating popsicles for breakfast, teaching the kids how to shoot and drive, and playing in the dirt. John also loved auctions, being involved in cattle and auto auctions for much of his life. In the last few years, he loved watching Antiques Roadshow, American Pickers, and Down East Dickering, reminiscing about all the old junk he'd come across in his life.

John and Candy did some traveling over the years, besides just visiting their kids. They went on a cruise to Alaska, and a sailboat cruise to Portugal through the Virgin Islands; visited John's oldest Army friend in Oklahoma; and traveled to San Juan Capistrano to John's Dreadnaught Reunion, his Army division.

John was a Vietnam Veteran, earning a Purple Heart in his service in Vietnam, and was a member of American Legion Post 0110 of Lacey, the Disabled American Vets, the Washington State Independent Auto Dealers Association, the Goldendale Grange #49, and a past commander of the VFW, (Veterans of Foreign Wars).

John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Candy, of Goldendale; his daughter Toni Preston, husband Andrew and granddaughters Eleanor and Anna of Seattle; his son Dan Hack and granddaughter Wyatt Rose and grandson Asa of Portland; and his siblings Larry Hack (wife Donna) of North Powder, Ore; Gary Hack of Umatilla, Ore; Chuck Hack (wife Diana) of Pendleton, Ore; Rick Hack (wife Gayle) of Baker City, Ore; Linda Gorham-Silva (husband Don) of Haines, Ore; Shelley Bowman of Baker City; Cathy Hack of Baker City; Debbie Murrill (husband Gayle) of Milton Freewater, Ore; Dave Hack of Middleton, Id; and James Coe of Baker City. John was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Monty.

A memorial and celebration of John's life will be held at the Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel, 300 West Broadway, Goldendale, WA at 1 PM on Saturday, January 10th, 2015. This will be followed by a dinner at the Goldendale Grange Hall, 228 East Darland in Goldendale. To send condolences to the Hack family, please sign the online guestbook at


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