Jack "Allen" Roach, a beloved member of the community, passed away on January 26, 2024, in Pryor, Oklahoma. He was born on February 21, 1938, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Jack had a remarkable life full of accomplishments and cherished moments. After completing his education, he proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Beyond his military career, Jack's true passion lay in the arts. He possessed extraordinary talent as an artist and excelled in drawing and painting wildlife. His preferred medium was colored pencils, a testament to his meticulous attention to detail. Jack's artwork was admired by many and brought joy to those who had the privilege of experiencing it. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Jack enjoyed playing chess. It was a game that challenged his strategic mind and allowed him to engage in friendly competition with fellow enthusiasts. The thrill of each match filled his days with excitement and intellectual stimulation. When not engrossed in art or chess, Jack found solace in playing the guitar. The melodies he created resonated with emotion and touched the hearts of everyone who heard him play. Whether strumming softly or picking complex tunes, music provided an outlet for Jack's creativity and allowed him to express himself intimately. Nature beckoned to Jack's adventurous spirit; hence he relished spending time on his sailboat at the lake. The feeling of wind against his face as he sailed across the water brought him immense tranquility and joy. It was during these serene moments that he felt closest to nature and truly at peace.
Jack is survived by his daughters, Karen Lynn and husband Terry of Chester, California, Kathy Olsen of Lompoc, California, and Alethea Douglas and husband Philip of Pryor, Oklahoma; brothers, Gerald Roach of Catoosa, Oklahoma and Terry Roach of Claremore, Oklahoma; sister, Shirley Musgrave and husband Troy of Pryor, Oklahoma; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and stepmother; brother Wallace Roach and sister Dova Yates.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 1, 2024, in the Shipman's Funeral Home Chapel with Dustin Evans officiating. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman's Funeral & Cremation Service.