GOLD CANYON, Ariz. — With his family at his side, Jack Conrad Hall, 84, passed away on July 24, 2013, at his home in Gold Canyon, Ariz. Funeral Mass at St. George Roman Catholic Church in Apache Junction, Ariz., will be Saturday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. Interment services will be in Helena in Resurrection Cemetery on Aug. 31 at 3 p.m.
Jack was born on May 23, 1929, in Helena to Milton and Evelyn (Conrad) Hall. He graduated from Helena High School in 1948. He was employed by the Montana Liquor Control Board at the time of his marriage to Mary Carol Wirth on Sept. 23, 1950, at the Cathedral of St. Helena. From 1951 to 1953, Jack served in the United States Army. Upon his honorable discharge, he went to work for Sacony-Mobil Oil Company in Billings. He was the field accountant in Casper, Wyo., prior to being transferred to Billings to head up the machine accounting section. He remained with Mobil Oil until they closed the Billings offices in 1959. Jack joined administration at Eastern Montana College as the computer center director. During his years with Eastern Montana College, Jack oversaw the initial electronic computer installation at this unit of the Montana University System. Eastern Montana College was the first unit to have fully computerized student registration. He also taught the first classes in computing and system analysis at Eastern Montana College. Jack was one of the founding members of the Montana Data Processing Association in the early 1960s. He actively supported the U.S. forestry civilian programs, such as Leave No Trace. Jack was a lifetime member of the Magic City 4-Wheelers and took part in their trail preservation and forest clean-up activities.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Carol Hall; children, Robert C. Hall and wife, Penny Oliver, of Bozeman; Jeanne Hall Hallock and husband, Dan, of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Bearcreek; Richard C. Hall and wife, Cheryl, of Vernal, Utah, and Gold Canyon, Ariz.; and Rory C. Hall and wife, Connie, of Las Vegas; and a son-in-law, Douglas P. Vetsch of Dalton Gardens, Idaho. Jack is grandfather to 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Susan Hall Vetsch.