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September 29, 2020

9/2/2020 3:27:00 PM
Jinkins, Dr. John "Jack" W.

Dr. John "Jack" W. Jinkins, 77, of Dodgeville-formerly of Montfort- died suddenly on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at his home.
He leaves his beloved wife of 56 years, Donna (Allen) Jinkins, and his children Laurie Jinkins (Laura Wulf), Chuck Jinkins (Jill Armbruster), Julie Derr (Ron), Todd Jinkins (Tobey) and Karri Jinkins (Hooman Majd); seven grandchildren, Sasha, Ava, Wulf, Olivia, Eliza, Carson and Khashayar; his sister Mary Kunzelman and brother Mark Jinkins, as well as many brother and sister in-laws and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and his brother Tom Jinkins.
Jack was born on September 7, 1942 in Dodgeville, WI, and was raised in Mifflin-the oldest of Charlotte and Kenneth Jinkins. He married love of his life on March 1, 1964 after being in the last graduating class from Livingston High School. He and Donna set off for Ames, Iowa, where he graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1967. He began a successful veterinary career joining Drs. Carr and Klindt at Montfort Veterinary Service in Iowa County. The story is the rumor around Montfort before Jack arrived was that Dr. Carr had hired some young veterinarian, and they'd have to see how it worked out. It did, because "Doc Jinkins" spent 35 years building friendships and gaining respect amongst the farmers of Grant and Iowa counties. Along with raising his family in Montfort, Jack was also an active member of the community as Chairman of the Montfort Methodist church board and as a member of the Montfort town board.
Jack had a strong interest in registered Holstein cattle, purchasing his first in 1971.  In 1978 he established Hardwood Farm, which became well known and is now run by his son, Chuck. He maintained a daily involvement in it until his passing. He spent countless hours developing his herd and farm. He was known for saying "experience is always the best teacher, but sometimes the 'cost of tuition' is high."  Jack believed his practical dairy farming experience benefited the clients he served, but was secondary to the knowledge he gained from these clients, which benefited his dairy. He had a great respect for farmers and was proud to count generations of area farm families among his many, many friends.
After retirement, Jack and Donna built their dream house in Dodgeville. They travelled regularly to visit their children in Boise, Nashville, New York and Tacoma. Jack became a board member and strong advocate for Bloomfield Manor. He strongly believed that senior citizens should have a high-quality place to be taken care of in their later years.
Jack visited Montfort daily, playing cards with a group of his friends every morning at the local gas station, and was known to appear before their 5 a.m. opening time in anticipation of winning up to 28 cents in any given day.
In the last few years, Jack and Donna fell in love with Hyde Mill, so they bought and remodeled a historic home associated with the Mill.
While Jack retired from veterinary practice in 2002, he never quite retired from farming or from his commitment to his family, friends and community. Donna and his family are heartbroken over his death but filled with joy as they recollect his life and stories.
A Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4-7:00 P.M. on Friday September 4, 2020, at the Soman-Larson Funeral Home in Montfort. At the request of the family, to attend visitation at the funeral home, masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.
A funeral service will be held 11:00 A.M. on Saturday September 5, 2020, at the Rock Church Cemetery in Clifton Township, rural Livingston. The family will be gathering at the gravesite at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday morning. In lieu of plants and flowers, a memorial may be given to the Bloomfield Health Rehabilitation Center Activities Program, or a local charity of your choice. Online condolences may also be made at

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