Jack Edward Shutts of rural Comanche passed from this life on July 30, 2017, in the Gregston Nursing Home, Marlow, Oklahoma.
Jack was born June 13, 1939, in Wichita, Kansas, to Harold and Hazel Shutts. He lived in Texas, Missouri and Kansas and graduated from high school in 1958 from Meade, Kansas. Jack was the first person to have lettered in all four sports throughout his four years of high school. He excelled in football, basketball, baseball and track. He won many track records for high jump, discus, and shot put. He attended college on a football scholarship at Dodge City Junior College, Tulsa University, and Oklahoma Panhandle State University. A neck injury at OPSU ended his football aspirations to play professional football.
While at Panhandle State, he met his wife Joan in the fall of 1960. They were married in 1961 and to that union, a daughter Cari Shutts Montgomery was born. He and Joan were partners from the very beginning and spent many years harvesting from Texas to Wyoming, raising cattle, fishing, snow skiing, and traveling at every opportunity. One of Jack's favorite places was Yellowstone Park and they went there many times. He was also an avid fan of the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Jack began his law enforcement career in 1966 with the Lawton Police Department. He was a patrolman for eighteen months and was then promoted to the Detective Division. For the next five years, he spend most of his time going to schools in various parts of the country and amassed hundreds of hours CLEET training. He returned to Lawton and began working "crimes against persons" to include homicide, kidnappings, and armed robberies. He especially enjoyed being able to work with other agencies such as OSBI, FBI, and Cattlemen's Association. He was named Policeman of the Year at Lawton in 1975. Jack was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Jack's first retirement was in 1986 from the Lawton Police Department. In 1988 he began working for the Comanche County Sheriff's Department as an investigator. As a licensed pilot, he spent many hours on search missions with that department. He was with that agency until 1996, when he decided to take a break from law enforcement for a short period.
In December, 1996, he was hired as Chief of Police in Comanche. He was proud of the growth of that department and was so grateful for the support of the people of Comanche. It was slower paced than his previous two law enforcement jobs and he was able to build a rapport with many of the people in the area. He experienced one of his most challenging times in in Comanche in the able to protect those person's lives involved in the Graham Jewelry robbery.
Jack's love for his job, and law enforcement in general was reflected in his love for people and treating people with respect and dignity regardless of their situation. In May of 2005, he made the decision to take off his badge after thirty seven years in Law Enforcement. He spent the years after that farming and raising cattle, and traveling as often as possible.
Jack is survived by his wife Joan Bounds Shutts, of the home, and his daughter Cari Shutts Montgomery, Duncan, Oklahoma; Ivan Arizaga, of Ecuador, a former foreign exchange student who he accepted as his own son; his granddaughter and her husband, Ashli and Kesto Simpson, Walters, Oklahoma; and Justin Montgomery and his wife Danielle of Duncan, Oklahoma. He is also survived by great-grandchildren Kanyon Simpson, Keston Simpson, Charlee Grace Simpson, of Walters, Oklahoma; and Ethan Gately and Auston Montgomery, of Duncan, Oklahoma. Survivors also include Bob and Jean Bezner of Las Cruses, New Mexico; and nieces Leslie Bezner, Sacramento, California; Sherry Lynn Fick and her family, of Boston, Massachusetts; and Lisa Bezner, Liberal, Kansas.
Jack's funeral service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Patterson Avenue Baptist Church in Comanche. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends Wednesday evening 6 to 8 p.m.
Serving as pallbearers will be Justin Montgomery, Kesto Simpson, C.W. Brazzel, J.P. Peacock, Pete Godin, Billy Gray, and Todd Young. Honorary bearers will be Ivan Arizaga, members of the Lawton Police Department, the Comanche Police Department, and the Comanche County Sheriff's Department.
Memorial contributions may be made to Comanche Public Schools, to purchase school supplies. 1030 Ash Avenue, Comanche, OK 73529 or to the Alzheimer's Association, www. act.alz.org
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Published on July 31, 2017