John "Jack" Conatser, 69, of Choteau, MT passed away peacefully at his home with his wife and two children by his side. He was born in Glasgow, MT on December 21, 1948 as the only child to Charles and Laura Conatser. His father was a Methodist Minister so Jack lived in Superior, Lavina, and Moore where he graduated from High School in 1967. In 1971 he married his wife Jonnie Ruth Brottem and they moved to Choteau.
He loved the community of Choteau and instantly became involved in volunteer activities. Jack coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for over 20 years. He was a member of the Choteau Jaycees, continuing his volunteer work with the Lions Club as a member for over 25 years and a 2-time past president. During that time he was instrumental in building the new Choteau pool. He was an EMT for many years. The Montana Highway Patrol awarded Jack the Meritorious Service Award for personal dedication and conscious concern for human life. He sat on various boards for the United Methodist Church, the City of Choteau and for Teton County. Jack was the Mayor of Choteau for 4 1/2 years until resigning due to health reasons.
When Jack wasn't on a boat fishing for perch or walley or in a goose blind hunting, he was an HVAC contractor and ran his own business, Professional Gas Service. Prior to that he worked for Petrolane and spent a few years working in Malta for Ezzie's Wholesale.
In 2007 he received a bilateral lung transplant which gave him a second chance at life until he was diagnosed with cancer. He was forever grateful to his donor and her family.
In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Craig Rogers and their sons, Kayden and Carson, and his son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Carly Conatser and their daughters, Chloe and Cammi. His survivors also include a group called "Antelope Camp". He was preceded in death by his parents and his aunt, Ruby Conatser Fitzgerald.
His funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Choteau. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Choteau Lions Club or United Methodist Church.