After graduating from Powell High School in 1955, he enlisted in the Air Force, spending four years active duty and three years in the reserves. He was an accountant for the Air Force stationed in Tripoli, North Africa, during the Suez Crisis. He later finished his accounting education at night while working for PSO.
He married Barbara Jean Teague on July 25, 1959, in Lubbock, Texas. In September, they moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Jack began his career at First National Bank, then Sinclair Oil for eight years and retired from Public Service Company as an accounting supervisor.
Jack and Barbara were blessed with 20 years of retirement in which they were able to travel to many places in the world and enjoyed their little vacation cabin on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri. Jack also enjoyed helping at the Tenth Street Church of Christ with whatever he could find to do, and Jack made many dear friends and loved ones there.
The children have many happy memories of going to the beautiful Powell Valley in Wyoming each summer and spending holidays at the farm in Missouri.
Jack was preceded in death by his father, Henry Washington Baird; mother, Rena Baird; his sisters, Estella (Dodie) Howard and Marie Guthrie, and his twin brother, Bob Baird.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Tulsa; his three daughters, Roxane Jolley, Pamela Apker and Jaquetta Dunkin (spouse Mike) of Tulsa, along with five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews
Jack was a kind, loyal, and loving husband, father, pa-pa and friend.
The family would like to especially thank the nurses and staff of Grace Hospice for their loving care at his home and the Porta Caeli House.
Services were held on Friday, May 4, at 10th and Rockford Church of Christ at 1 p.m.