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Jack R. Hinnaland

Jack R. Hinnaland, age 73, passed away at the Glendive Medical Center on Thursday, April 13, 2023, with his wife at his side.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 21, at 11 a.m., at the First Lutheran Church in Circle, Mont. There will be a luncheon for all at the VFW in Circle following the memorial service. Burial will be at a later date.

He was born to Daniel S. Hinnaland and Gertrude M. (Kerr) Hinnaland on October 8, 1949. He was the fourth of seven children. Jack was born in Jordan, Mont., and attended grade school at the Coal Creek school on the family ranch in Brockway, Mont., and attended high school in Circle.

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. Where Jack was, Debby was, they were always 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 fivr-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 and 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 brothers 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 Jack's name to the Montana High School Rodeo Association.

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