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John "Jack" DesEnfants

Saturday, March 3rd, 1934 - Friday, August 14th, 2020
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Obituary

John A. "Jack" DesEnfants, 86, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2020 at the Western Nebraska Veterans Home in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Jack was born March 3, 1934, to Olive (Reed) and John E. DesEnfants in Torrington, Wyoming. He graduated from Torrington High School and attended the University of Nebraska (Lincoln) where he received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. After serving as a dentist in the United States Navy overseas in Taiwan and then stateside in San Diego, Jack received his Master of Medical Sciences degree in Orthodontia from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his family then made their home in Scottsbluff where Jack practiced orthodontics for nearly 40 years.

Throughout his professional life Jack was very active in the Rotary Club of Scottsbluff/Gering and found great value in helping others. He embarked on many adventures and made the most of his time with friends and loved ones. Jack enjoyed golf, skiing, Husker football, goose hunting, boating, fishing, and hunting antelope and elk. For many years, he participated in the Sugar Valley Rally crammed into his ancient Model T, “Maude.” Jack was sincerely grateful for the many dear friends and patients he had in his life.

Jack was preceded in death by his son, Jay DesEnfants; his parents and stepfather, True Poage; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan and Gene Harris, Jeannine and Al Miller, and Irene DesEnfants-Knight.

He is survived by his daughters and their families: Julie, Craig and Sam Landers of Gering, Nebraska; Janet, Jennie, Jason and Jessica Ayers of Windsor, Colorado; Jodie, Jeff, Jackson and Jamie Sampson of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; Jeanna, Thom, Patrick and Nicholas Townsend of Papillion, Nebraska; he is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he adored.

As Jack believed all dogs go to Heaven, he looked forward to reuniting with his many loyal four-legged hunting companions Sam, Ace, Benson, Lex and Buddy.

A private memorial service will be held by Jack's family at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jack's memory to the Rotary Club of Scottsbluff/Gering or the Oregon Trail Community Foundation where scholarships will be established for students in dental health related fields. Please designate gifts as “John A. DesEnfants memorial.”
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Erin Reavis Reed

Posted at 02:42pm
Dr. DesEnfants was a cool guy........:). I enjoyed seeing him more AFTER my 3 years of braces, but he was also a kind man with a fun sense of humor. I was happy to run into him around 2002-2003 at the Gaslight when I was home visiting my mom, Micki Reavis. He came to our table with his friend, Sam, and we had such a nice visit! Blessing and love to the family. Erin Reavis Reed
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Gene and Mari

Posted at 01:40pm
Julie, Craig and Sam,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May wonderful memories keep your dad close in your hearts as you heal from his loss. May he rest in peace.
 
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Cindy Batt Posted at 12:48am

Julie & Craig So sorry for your loss. I’m praying for your family
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