Jack was born Jan. 25, 1945, in Prineville, Ore., to Lewie and Melva Stahancyk. He attended schools in Prineville, graduating from Crook County High School in 1963. He graduated from Boise State College with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1969, the Oregon Army National Guard from 1969-1981, before serving in the Alaska Army National Guard from 1981-2004, when he retired.
Jack moved to Alaska in December of 1981, living in Kodiak, Fairbanks and Anchorage before settling in Palmer in 1990, where he was a member of Lazy Mountain Bible Church. Jack enjoyed woodworking, air boats, hunting, fishing and volunteering his time for others.
Jacks' family said, "He was a deeply devoted Christian with a love for his Heavenly Father and was an inspiration to others. There was nothing that he wouldn't do for others, and he did not have a cross bone in his body. Jack was a wonderful Christian man. He had a love for the Lord, his wife, sons, stepsons and grandchildren. Jack always offered kind and encouraging words to everyone he met. Jack will be greatly remembered and deeply missed by those he left behind."
Jack is survived by: his wife Judy of Palmer, Alaska; sons, Jack M. Stahancyk of Spanaway, Wash., Bryan K. Stahancyk of Meacham, Ore., Steven J. Stahancyk of Prineville, Ore., Kevin R. Stahancyk of Redmond, Ore.; step-sons Kristopher Wood of Redmond, Ore., and Reven Wood, of Prineville, Ore.; mother, Melva Stahancyk of Prineville, Ore., and sisters Rita Holland of West Linn, Ore., and Linda Ackler, of Prineville, Ore., and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Lewie Stahancyk in 2003.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Prineville Community Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to: Society of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 906, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.