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Jack South

          Jackie Dean South, 77, was surrounded by loved ones when he went to his heavenly home alongside Jesus on December 30, 2019.  His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God was steadfast in his final days and ultimately gave him peace. 

            Jackie was born to the late Burnell and Doris (Jarvis) South on June 28, 1942, in Maloy, Iowa. He was the youngest of 4 brothers; Robert “Bob”, Larry and twin Jerry.  Jack graduated from Gilbert High School in 1961 and married Sandra Sue Clayberg of Story City on December 15, 1962. 

            Jack was a “Jack-of-all-trades”. After marrying his beautiful bride, Jack and Sandy resided in Iowa where he worked for the highway commission. They had their first child, Amy.  Being an entrepreneur, Jack decided to start a landscaping business with his brother, Larry. Jack’s next adventure took his family of three to Colorado where Jack temporarily worked a vending machine route and managed a theater. While residing in Colorado Jeff and Corey joined the family.  With his heart still being in Iowa, Jack moved his family of five to Maloy, Iowa. Here, Jack tried his hand at farming while also selling tools to other local farmers. After eight years of hard work Jack was ready for yet another adventure. This time he moved to Montana to be closer to his twin brother, Jerry. In Montana Jack got back into the theater business where he found his true trade. T.O.I. Theaters took him from Montana, to Idaho, back to Montana with promotions, awards, and many accolades. Jack bought his own movie theater and drive-in in Sterling, Colorado in 1988. He built this two-screen theater into a five-screen theater and named it the FOX 5 Theaters. Jack’s family was extremely proud of his success, and his grandchildren were excited about free movies and candy. Jack sold his theater and retired in 2009.

            When not working, Jack was more than likely on the golf course.  He would have tee times already set pretty much everyday just in case someone would show up to golf.  When he was on the golf course, Jack loved to boast about his family, as they were his greatest joy.  After retirement, Jack would travel to watch his grandkids in their activities and enjoyed playing with his great-grandkids, as long as the weather was warm.

            Jack was a committed follower of Jesus, who demonstrated the love of God by helping people he connected with everyday.  He was a rock in the family who was determined to point others to Jesus.

            Jack is survived by his wife, Sandra South; children Amy (Pete) Shields, Jeff (Karla) South, and Corey (Scott) VanDyke; 11 grandchildren Brandie (Bret) Ruggles, Brett (Melissa) Shields, Brennon Shields, Josh (Leah) South, Josiah (Alicia) South, Jesse (Mackenzie) South, Jebidiah South, Destiny Campos, Shaleigh (Zach) DeJong, Zachary VanDyke, Nathan VanDyke; 15 great-grandchildren Hayden, Jackson, Evan Ruggles; Cash Shields; Aubree and Brynlea Shields, Brayden Hale; Mercy, Lily, Hudson South; Beniah, Azariah South; Emalyn, Eliza South; Ava DeJong; and his brother Larry (Sherri) South.

            He is preceded in death by his parents, Burnell and Doris South, and his two brothers, Robert (Bobbie) and Jerry South.

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To Sandy, Amy, Cory , Jeff and Larry.We send our Condolences and love to Jacks family . Cousins are very special when you grow up with them in a farming community and oftentimes stay over at each others home for play and adventure and story telling. There was a special amazing connection as if you were all of the same immediate family. That was the life I felt we lead within the South and Jarvis families. Even after we all moved to other States and Communities and kept in less frequent contact as adults these special memories are part of our life. I already miss Jack and his wonderful ways. We will continue to pray and think of you. Ron and Mary Jarvis

Ronald D Jarvis and Mary C Jarvis Jan 3 2020 12:00 AM

I can remember years ago he was willing to play house with me! He loved being around our huge family clan. He never had any enemies, he was too adorable for words. We will be praying for Sandy and the family.

Al and Nancy Rahm Jan 3 2020 12:00 AM

I'm sorry I didn't get to the visitation or the funeral. I didn't know Jack very well, but saw lots of pictures on facebook with his grandkids, and kids. He was surely a family man. You have my deepest sympathy in the loss fo Jack South. May God comfort you in the loss of your loved one, Jack South.

Linda Barber Jan 3 2020 12:00 AM

Our condolences to Sandy, Jeff, Corey and the entire South family. Jack was my mentor and friend from the TOI days. I loved his laugh and bigger than life personality. After Jack heard Lisa and I were engaged he, of course, took the credit since we first worked together at the Cinemas in Bozeman. Sending healing blessings to the family.

Bill and Lisa Wheeler Jan 2 2020 12:00 AM

To Sandy, Amy, Corey and Jeff: We send our love and share in your sorrow. I am six months older than Jack and Jerry, so they have been close cousins in my life for always. I will miss Jack and his outrageous humor and nonstop heckling. Please know that we are praying and thinking of you.
David and Judie Csokasy

David and Judie Csokasy Jan 2 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences from Jacks theatre family in Bozeman Montana. So sorry to hear of your loss. His life gave us all great memories of work and fun that we will never forget. He was one of a kind!

Dan Klusmann, Drew Devlin, Verl Clark Jan 2 2020 12:00 AM

Jack was surely one-of-a-kind! A great husband, great father (grand) and a GREAT Christian! Will be missed!

Mike Maddy Jan 2 2020 12:00 AM

A fun man with a love of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time

Charlie & Pat Porter Dec 31 2019 12:00 AM

We love Jack for the difference he made for our family, always there for support and love. He was always full of life and conversation and wit and willing to lend a helping hand. We send love and prayers to Jack's family and may that peace that passes all understanding be with you during this adjustment time.

Kent and Barb Ostrem Dec 31 2019 12:00 AM

Jack was a great friend that will be missed greatly by many. Our deepest of condolences to Sandy and all of their family at this time of sorrow.

Dick & Madonna Gibson Dec 31 2019 12:00 AM

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