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Obituary: John "Jack" R. Lien

June 26, 1953 - March 22, 2023
John "Jack" R. Lien
June 26, 1953 - March 22, 2023
Posted at 9:49 AM, Mar 29, 2023

John “Jack” R. Lien, age 69, a retired business owner and computer programmer, certified public accountant, dedicated husband, and loving father and grandfather, passed away on March 22, 2023, at Great Falls Peace Hospice of natural causes from Alzheimer’s disease and a recent hip fracture.

Jack was born in Culbertson near his family’s wheat farm in Brockton, Montana. In 1963 the Lien family moved to Bozeman, where Jack enjoyed playing tennis, bowling, downhill skiing, riding motorcycles with his buddies, camping, fishing, and flying small airplanes. He graduated in accounting as a proud Bobcat at Montana State University in 1976. During college, Jack was a flight instructor for the Stradley’s Gallatin Flying Service at the airport located in Belgrade, Montana.

In 1973 Jack met Dawn Lucks of Worthington, Minnesota while water skiing at Hebgen Lake. In September of 1976 they were married at Soldiers Chapel in Big Sky, Montana. They then moved to Great Falls, Montana where both worked as accountants before starting Treasure Software Bowling Company which they owned and operated for thirty years. Their love for water skiing and boating continued with many happy memories over the years on Holter Lake. Jack would want special acknowledgement given to his many friends in the local bowling community for great laughs and memories over the years. After retiring in June of 2018, Jack and Dawn spent a lot of time in Melbourne Beach, Florida; Holter Lake in Montana; and visiting their daughter Traci and family in Seattle, Washington. Jack’s two grandchildren, Cora and Conor, became the latest loves in his life as he re-lived life’s simple pleasures with them.

Jack is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dawn Lien of Great Falls; daughter, Traci Lien McDermott and husband Michael McDermott; grandchildren, Cora (age 8) and Conor (age 5) of Seattle, Washington; sister, Janet Lien Bowler and her husband, Lloyd Bowler of Astoria, Oregon; niece, Margit Lia Bowler and husband, John Gluckman of Lawrence, Kansas; and brother-in-law, Kim Lucks of Scottsmoor, Florida.

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, click here to visit the Schnider Funeral Home website.


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