Jack C. Loucks died March 25, 2017, at his home in Fort Collins. He was 89.
He was born in Cedaredge Dec. 25, 1927, to Rufus and Viva Loucks.
Following high school graduation, he attended Western State College in Gunnison for one year. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in September 1946. He worked as an aircraft mechanic before enrolling in cadet pilot training. He received additional training in aerial combat and gunnery school before being assigned to Korea. As a combat pilot, he flew 101 missions before returning home and serving as an Air Force gunnery instructor in Arizona and in Libya. He served as an air defense/interception pilot at various Air Force bases throughout the U.S. During his career, he flew 12 different jet fighter aircraft. He retired in 1966 after 20 years of service.
After retirement, he and his family moved to Fort Collins. He worked several jobs before beginning work as a right-of-way agent for the Larimer County Road and Bridge Department. He retired in 1989 after 18 years of service.
He married Dixie McFarlane in Feb. 22, 1948.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, playing golf, bowling, playing bridge, polishing rocks and woodworking. He was handy with tools. He was a Christian and was most recently a member of Life Church in Fort Collins.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Dixie; daughter, Cristine; a brother; a sister; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by one brother; one sister; and his daughter, Erleyene.
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