Jack Mollenbrink


(May 26, 2005)

Jack Millard Mollenbrink, 77, Lovell, died Thursday, May 26 at his home with his wife by his side.

He was born March 19, 1928, in Sundance, the oldest of seven children of John Millard Mollenbrink and Mary Mae Dudrey Mollenbrink. He learned to work at an early age and worked hard all his life. He was dependable, and his word was his bond. He loved to help others and especially found joy in serving his church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings, but his favorite was home teaching. He volunteered to bring the Sacrament to the sick. Each Sunday he would greet his ward members at the door as he passed out the ward bulletin. He formed special friendships, especially with children.

He was a member of the Search and Rescue for over 30 years. He loved being a part of this group and formed many friendships.

The most important people in his life were his family. He had a special bond with the little children, and they were quick to show their affection for him.

The last few years he had to accept the limitations that failing health put on his life. He did not enjoy being sick, and he pushed himself to do all he possibly could. He still mowed his own yard, even while carrying an oxygen bottle on his shoulder. He hated weeds and waged an all-out war on them, sometimes to the demise of certain garden plants that got too close to his spray wand.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Helen Gay Mollenbrink; sons Terry Mollenbrink of Greybull, Gary Mollenbrink of Billings, Mont., Robert Workman of Mapleton, Utah, David Workman of Orem, Utah, Dell Workman of Haskins, Ohio, and John Workman of Provo, Utah; daughters Sherry Byxbe of Billings, Andrea Hawthorne of Powell and Claudia Mayes of Lovell; 32 grandchildren and 39-great-grandchildren; brothers Merritt and Eldon Mollenbrink of Sundance; and sisters Ella Mae Gaylord of Sundance and Donna Spracher of Gillette;

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sam Mollenbrink; sister, Shirley Ramstead; son, Kenneth Workman; grandson, Ryan Mollenbrink; and great-grandsons, Tyreal and Hyrum Humpherys.