Person:Jack Chaffin (1)

m. 27 Aug 1899
  1. Ida May Chaffin1900 - 1931
  2. Walter William Chaffin1902 - 1972
  3. Nellie Minerva Chaffin1905 - 1979
  4. Alice C. Chaffin1907 - 1976
  5. Jack Lee Chaffin1915 - 1981
  6. Vernon Edward Chaffin1917 - 2000
  7. Mildred Chaffin1921 - 1992
  8. Margurite Madge Chaffin1921 - 1993
  9. Glenn Chaffin1922 - 1922
m. 29 Apr 1939
  1. Danny Chaffin1955 - 1955
Facts and Events
Name Jack Lee Chaffin
Gender Male
Birth[1][10] 8 Jun 1915 Warren, Carbon, Montana, United States
Census? 1920 Carbon, Montana, United StatesSeries: T625 Roll: 967 Page: 107
Marriage 29 Apr 1939 Wallace, Shoshone, Idaho, United Statesto Martha Jaunita Atwood
Residence[1] Grantsdale, Ravalli, Montana, United StatesLast Residence
Death[1][2][9] 26 Nov 1981 Missoula, Missoula, Montana, United States
Burial[4] 30 Nov 1981 Victor Cemetery, Victor, Ravalli, Montana, United StatesNo. 740; Lot I4, Grave 8
Cause of Death? Cancer
Soc Sec No[1] Montana, United States516-03-6682



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:

  1. Ida May Chaffin Born May 19, 1900.
  2. Nellie Minerva Chaffin Born September 3, 1905.
  3. Alice C. Chaffin Born October 18, 1907.
  4. Margurite Madge Chaffin Born February 25, 1921.
  5. Mildred Chaffin Born February 25, 1921.

Jack had three brothers, two of which survived infancy:

  1. Walter William Chaffin Born September 20, 1902.
  2. Vern Edward Chaffin Born April 7, 1915.
  3. Glenn Chaffin Born July 17, 1922; Died September 24, 1922.


Jack married Jaunita Atwood on April 29, 1939 in Wallace, Idaho. They had four children:

  1. Merlyn Chaffin
  2. Betty Chaffin
  3. Danny Chaffin
  4. Micheal Chaffin


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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index: Death Master File, database. (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service)
    16 Nov 2007.

    Birth: 08 Jun 1915
    Death: Nov 1981
    Last Residence: 59835 (Grantsdale, Ravalli, MT)
    Last Benefit: (none specified)
    SSN: 516-03-6682
    Issued: Montana

  2. Montana State Death Registry Index
    16 Nov 2007.

    Name: CHAFFIN, JACK, L
    Death Date: 11/26/1981
    File #: 5850
    County: 32 (Missoula County)

  3.   RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project
    8 Jan 2008.

    2859896 database, Merlyn and Sandy Chaffin
    atwood database; Genesis Genealogy of New England; Brad
    :3070001 database; Jessica Johnson

  4. Bitterroot Genealogical Society
    Victor Cemetery Transcription, 30 Jan 2008.

    Name: CHAFFIN, JACK L.
    No: 740
    Born: 1915
    Died: 1981
    Lot: I4
    Grave: 8

  5.   International Genealogical Index. ( The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint, 1999-2008)
    14 Jan 2008.

    Batch Number: 8308404
    Sheet: 99
    Source Call No.: 1395557 Type: Film

  6.   Pedigree Resource File, Pedigree Resource File Search
    14 Jan 2008.

    Compact Disc #57
    Pin #445296

  7.   Merlyn and Sandy Chaffin. Chaffin, Merlyn and Sandy. Chaffin-Tracey Family Tree
    21 Mar 2008.
  8.   Jaunita Chaffin. Chaffin, Jaunita. Chronicle of Jack Lee Chaffin. (Unpublished)
    24 Mar 2008.
  9. Death Certificate, in Ravalli, Montana, United States. Vital Records
    State File Number: 0204, 9 Dec 1981.
  10. Delayed Birth Certificate, in Ravalli, Montana, United States. Vital Records
    22 Aug 1967.