John Lincoln “Jack” Artz

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Mar. 08, 1928 - Nov. 19, 2015

John Lincoln “Jack” Artz, 87, died peacefully November 19, 2015, in Reno, Nevada, of cardiac failure. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved west to be a “range man” after Army service and marriage to Mary Elizabeth McArthur in 1948. Graduating from the University of Montana, Jack worked for USFS and BLM, moving to Carson in 1957. He enjoyed jamming at the old Music Box. As Nevada’s first Deputy State Forester, he set up programs for inmate fire crews and the fire retardant bomber. In 1967, Jack became UNR’s State Extension Range Management Specialist, helped establish the Renewable Natural Resources Division, and taught and was active in public land policy and

administration. In 1988, Jack and Mary retired to Cool, California, then to Sparks, Nevada. He was an officer in the Society of Range Management and a member of the National Wild Horse and Burro Management Advisory Board.

Preceded in death by wife Mary, son Andrew, and sister Barbara, Jack leaves children Melinda, Neal, and Alan; grandchildren Ty, Kathryn, Analise, Margaret, Jake, Neal, and Lea; great-grandchildren Olivia and Camdyn; daughters-in-law Veronica, Susan, Wendy and Teri. Memorial gathering Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, 2-4 pm, at Glen Eagles. Contributions welcomed for Heifer International (


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