Oct. 15, 2019
Jack Tunks of Willcox passed away on Oct. 15, 2019 at Tucson Banner UMC at the age of 78. He was born Sept. 21, 1941 in Paonia, Colo. to John and Roberta (Austin) Tunks.
Jack has lived the majority of his life in Arizona. He was a graduate of Benson High School Class of 1959. He was a lifelong cowboy and rancher, working and managing numerous ranches in Southern Arizona and New Mexico. Jack was a champion team roper, was a long time little league coach, loved playing baseball and for over 20 years worked at the Willcox Sale Barn. In 2009 he was inducted into the Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Jack is survived by: his wife Nancy whom he married in 1961 in Lordsburg, N.M. Also surviving are his children Russell (Linda) Tunks of Willcox, Cathy Tunks and Tom Tunks both of Tucson and his grandchildren Meagan Tunks, Alicia Hernandez, Nicolas Juarez, Tommy Tunks and Madison Tunks. Jack’s sister Peggy Tunks Kester and five great- grandchildren also survive him. Preceding him in death were his parents John and Robbie and a sister, Irma.
A cowpuncher celebration of family and friends will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at the Red Tail Ranch beginning at 2 p.m.
Contributions may be made in his name to the Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 142, Willcox, Arizona 85644.
Visit www.westlawnchapelmortuary.com to express condolences.
Arrangements entrusted to Westlawn Chapel, Mortuary and Crematory of Willcox, Ariz.