Veteran and former KSTK radio host Jack Pino dies at 72


February 28, 2024

Jacobus "Jack" Pino, 72, passed away peacefully on Jan. 26, 2024, in Wrangell.

No funeral or memorial services are planned.

Jack was born in Gouda, Netherlands, on June 1, 1951.

"Jack as bigger than life, he had a wicked sense of humor and a quick wit. He was adventurous and a force to be reckoned with. He always told you the truth, even if it was not what you wanted to hear. His vocabulary was more than highly proficient at curse words. He loved four-letter words as much as he loved his bacon cheeseburgers with a cold beer and a shot of Jack Daniels on the side," his family wrote.

His biggest passion was music, which was evident with his radio show at KSTK for 25 years. He also loved to hunt and fish. "He was a great husband, father, grandfather and provider. His love for family and country set a precedence in his life," his family wrote.

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"He touched many lives in his lifetime." He was a Vietnam veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps; road builder for a logging camp near Sitka; propane tank truck driver in Oregon; fence erector and builder in southern California; hardware man; furniture builder; and even worked the slime line at fish plants in Wrangell.

Jack is survived by wife, Terree Lee; two sons, Jacobus De' "Kosha" and Jon Ryon; two daughters-in-law; two grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother and father, mother-in-law and father-in-law, a brother and sister-in-law.

There will be no funeral or memorial services at Jack's request. Everyone who remembers him is asked to celebrate Jack's life in their own way. "Raising a glass of their favorite drink in his memory would be quite appropriate," his family wrote.

"Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim," by U.S. author Vicki Harrison.


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