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Jack A. Podbevsek


Jack A. Podbevsek, 69, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019, in Phoenix.

He was born Sept. 5, 1949, in Rock Springs to Jack G. and Arlene Podbevsek.

Jack graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1967.

He attended the University of Wyoming, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in social services.

After school, Jack was drafted into the military and was stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas during the Vietnam War. He then moved to Cheyenne and worked in social services.

After returning to Rock Springs, he worked for McCurtain Motors for nine years. In 1985, he was awarded top salesman in eight states, selling more than 100 cars. He treasured those times working with his longtime best friend, Jim McCurtain.

Jack then moved to Phoenix, working in car sales and with Humana Insurance until the time of his death.

Jack cherished all music, especially soul and blues. He enjoyed backpacking, fishing, bicycling and sports.

He played in Little League basketball, fast pitch baseball and taught girls church league basketball for the First Congregational Church UCC.

He is survived by two sisters, Lisa Andicoechea and husband Jose and Laurie Gray and husband Delbert; two nieces, Nikole Andicoechea and Kilji Gutierrez and husband Joaquin; two nephews, Josh Andicoechea and Leontra Gray; three great nieces, Alexus Stadler, Jayleigh Stadler and Jada Gray; two great nephews, Oaklan Jenkins and Jace Gutierrez; the love of his life, Maryanne Baker and many lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Tristan Jack Gray and his four-legged companion, Yogi.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be conducted at noon April 11 at the First Congregational Church UCC, 1275 Adams Avenue, Rock Springs. Inurnment will be in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

The family respectfully requests that donations in Jack's memory be made to the Red Desert Humane Society.

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