m. 27 Aug 1899
Facts and Events
Jack was born June 8, 1915 the fifth of nine children to John Chaffin and Rosie Barnhart, eight years after their previous child. He was the second of four sons born to the family. John Bailem Chaffin, Jack's father, was 37 years old when he was born. His mother, Rose May Barnhart, was 33.
Jack had five sisters:
Jack had three brothers, two of which survived infancy:
Not much is currently know about Jack's education.
From 1940 to 1942 Jack worked as a ranch hand in a part of Montana known as the Bitterroot Valley. He mainly flood irrigated sugar beet fields, but assisted with other various tasks on the ranches. In November of 1942 Jack and his family went to Anaconda, Montana in search of work. Having failed to find any suitable work Jack returned to working for ranches throughout the Bitterroot Valley and continued to do so until 1945. The names of the ranches are not known at this time
In 1945 Jack went to work for a man named Homer Bailey near Corvallis, Montana. Jack continued to work for Homer Bailey until he and his family moved to Malta, Montana in June of 1948. Homer was likely a rancher, but it is unknown at this time.
From June 1948 to Jan 1949 Jack worked for a plumber in Malta, Montana. In Januaury Jack moved to Glasgow, Montana to care for his ailing father. Jack and his wife cared for his father until his death on July 2, 1949. He and his family remained in Glasgow until May 1951. He worked for an electrician, named Ed Johnson, during his time in Glasgow.
In 1951 Jack returned to working for ranchers in the Bitterroot Valley. In November of that year Jack moved to Shoup, Idaho and worked for ranchers there. He returned to the Bitterroot Valley in March of 1952 and worked for ranches again. In July of 1953 (possibly 1952) Jack went to work for the Anaconda Company.
In 1954 through 1956 Jack worked for John Deere in Fort Benton, Montana while on strike from the Anaconda Company. The strike ended and Jack returned to work in January of 1956. In 1960 Jack was transferred to the Weed Concentrator Plant in Butte, Montana. He would work two week rotating shifts of days, afternoons, and nights.
In 1960 Jack's health began to deteriorate. He was periodically forced to take time off from work due to his health. He continued to work for the Anaconda Company, except when the workers were on strike, until his retirement in 1973 due to his failing health.S8
After battling cancer and poor health for several years Jack passed away at 1:10 PM on November 26, 1981 at the Missoula Community Hospital in Missoula, Montana. His cause of death was listed as Acute Respiratory Failure due to Metastic Carcinoma. In layman's terms Jack passed away due to lung cancer. He was buried November 30, 1981 in the Victor Cemetery.