ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jack Thibault. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Rachel Thibault on March 10, 2022
Thinking of you, Jack, on my birthday. My life won’t ever be the same without you and I’m blessed to have spent over 45 years with you.  Thank you for the wonderful memories. And thank you for our two lovely daughters, your kind brother, Pat, and all the friends that you brought into our lives. Forever yours, Rachel XOXO
Posted by Sarah Thibault on August 24, 2021
*** Posted on behalf of Joe Luoma***

On 8/11/89 Jack had The Fabulous Jaguars back a big 60's R&R extravaganza at the Ravinia Outdoor Theater in Highland Park, north of Chicago. We played with Peter Noone (he was great), Alex Chilton (Yeah!), Martha and the Vandellas, (Yes) and Q (?). Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels (Super cool) and Gary Puckett (  ) were also on the bill.

While setting up earlier for rehearsals this slippery-looking guy walks in wearing a leather jacket with "96 Tears Forever" plastered on the back. Of course it's the singer of the one-hit wonder band, Question Mark & the Mysterians, to rehearse some tunes who prefers to be called Q.           

After we went over his three allotted songs he wanted to do "Satisfaction" by The Stones so we did. Jack heard us playing this and after came
to me and said Q is only doing three songs so don't do any more and I assured him that we'd keep it at three.

Well... There's a packed house and Q starts the show with two unremarkable tunes and then his big hit, "96 Tears," which got a big response.
He then turns around and yells "Satisfaction" to me and counts to four and I just sit there with my hands at my side and stare at him.

Wow, was that super awkward - if he would've had a gun I might not be telling this story. I was actually thinking about using a cymbal if he had a gun- or a mic stand if he breached the drum riser- for self-defense. I was also hoping for the stage lights to dim but no dice.

Jack to the rescue - He came flying out of the stage right, grabbed the mic out of Q's hand while asked the audience for a big round of applause, and aggressively pulled Q off the stage... but he made it look sooo smooth, what a pro!

Thank You Jack. I'll never forgot you and all the crazy and sweet stories plus the opportunities you gave me.

Love, Joe

Posted by Leslie Knight on August 16, 2021
I was very saddened to hear about Jack's passing. I haven't seen Jack in quite a few years but he'll always have a special place in my heart. My summers as a young girl and young teen were spent going from tournament to tournament, reading the signs from Jack as he stood at the third baseline, keeping cold towels on our necks, and running out to the outfield with his daughter, Katie. Many winters were spent inside at Eisenhower elementary working on our batting form. He always had a smile, always made you feel good and was always a delight to be around. Sending my biggest of hugs, thoughts and prayers. 
Posted by Jane Mitchell on April 29, 2021
I am part of a group of Jack’s friends from high school and college. We seem to have had minimal contact the last number of years, but Jack brought us together again through bi-weekly zoom gatherings about a year ago. We have had a lot of fun catching up with each other and retelling stories from St. Cloud days. The details of every story were not always remembered in the same way by everyone, but the telling of them provided a lot of laughs. I always loved Jack’s laugh and I loved that he usually laughed at the things that I said! I am grateful that we had a chance to reconnect. He will be missed by many. 
Posted by James Bechthold on April 28, 2021
I am shocked and saddened. Jack is one of the most positive persons I know. I was introduced to him when I was coaching Sarah in fast pitch. because we were short on coaching help, he stepped up coaching 1st base. The sport of fast pitch softball has expanded through out the last 25 years as a result of his efforts. He is a true standup kind of guy. We have lost a good man father, husband , and coach. Every time I pass the 1st base coaching box I will think of Jack. To Rachel and Sarah, my heart felt sympathy. Jack is still undefeated!
Posted by John Eherenman on April 26, 2021
As we know, Jack was a smart, sociable, and talented guy. He was both fun and very funny. At 3 a.m. driving back to the Cities from North Dakota, he was somebody you wanted in the van. 
I so admired his contributions in playing guitar, keyboards, and bass while handling the bulk of singing, booking jobs, settling accounts at the end of the night, and being a great conversationalist. And NO ONE was better at handling a crowd. He was a Master. We are stunned at his passing but can always look to his warm and friendly manner which, although gone, really isn't very far away. Love to Rachel and Sara. Peace. 
Posted by Stephen Beseres on April 23, 2021
My deepest sympathies for your loss I wish you strength and healing for your family. Every time I was with Jack he was happy and carried such a big smile. He was a good man, who will be missed

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Posted by Rachel Thibault on March 10, 2022
Thinking of you, Jack, on my birthday. My life won’t ever be the same without you and I’m blessed to have spent over 45 years with you.  Thank you for the wonderful memories. And thank you for our two lovely daughters, your kind brother, Pat, and all the friends that you brought into our lives. Forever yours, Rachel XOXO
Posted by Sarah Thibault on August 24, 2021
*** Posted on behalf of Joe Luoma***

On 8/11/89 Jack had The Fabulous Jaguars back a big 60's R&R extravaganza at the Ravinia Outdoor Theater in Highland Park, north of Chicago. We played with Peter Noone (he was great), Alex Chilton (Yeah!), Martha and the Vandellas, (Yes) and Q (?). Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels (Super cool) and Gary Puckett (  ) were also on the bill.

While setting up earlier for rehearsals this slippery-looking guy walks in wearing a leather jacket with "96 Tears Forever" plastered on the back. Of course it's the singer of the one-hit wonder band, Question Mark & the Mysterians, to rehearse some tunes who prefers to be called Q.           

After we went over his three allotted songs he wanted to do "Satisfaction" by The Stones so we did. Jack heard us playing this and after came
to me and said Q is only doing three songs so don't do any more and I assured him that we'd keep it at three.

Well... There's a packed house and Q starts the show with two unremarkable tunes and then his big hit, "96 Tears," which got a big response.
He then turns around and yells "Satisfaction" to me and counts to four and I just sit there with my hands at my side and stare at him.

Wow, was that super awkward - if he would've had a gun I might not be telling this story. I was actually thinking about using a cymbal if he had a gun- or a mic stand if he breached the drum riser- for self-defense. I was also hoping for the stage lights to dim but no dice.

Jack to the rescue - He came flying out of the stage right, grabbed the mic out of Q's hand while asked the audience for a big round of applause, and aggressively pulled Q off the stage... but he made it look sooo smooth, what a pro!

Thank You Jack. I'll never forgot you and all the crazy and sweet stories plus the opportunities you gave me.

Love, Joe

Posted by Leslie Knight on August 16, 2021
I was very saddened to hear about Jack's passing. I haven't seen Jack in quite a few years but he'll always have a special place in my heart. My summers as a young girl and young teen were spent going from tournament to tournament, reading the signs from Jack as he stood at the third baseline, keeping cold towels on our necks, and running out to the outfield with his daughter, Katie. Many winters were spent inside at Eisenhower elementary working on our batting form. He always had a smile, always made you feel good and was always a delight to be around. Sending my biggest of hugs, thoughts and prayers. 
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Shared by Kent Fladeboe on August 24, 2021
I got to know Jack over many years working backstage at Moondance. His genuine love for what he did was obvious upon our first meeting. He will be missed by many. 

Golfing in November

Shared by John Racek on June 29, 2021
We decided to go out golfing Sunday November 14 one year. It was a wonderous day before watching a not so wonderful Green Bay vs Vikings game. Jack was at his best as the day grew colder and cloudier. Many jokes about the day but we were with good friends. Golfers were Mark Peterson, Jerry Dulgar, John Racek and Jack.

A Man of Music

Shared by Eva Lau on April 29, 2021
I met Jack a few years ago playing guitar at the acoustic jams in Plymouth. He was warm, welcoming and always had a smile on his face.

In the middle of the pandemic, Jack became a huge influence by encouraging me to keep playing my guitar at a time when Live Music came to a halt. He'd send his latest recording of a song he was working on and would ask me to record a lead, rhythm or vocal track... whatever I was feeling musically. His passion for music was contagious.
Listening back to some of the songs we played together fills me with mixed emotions of joy and sadness to know we lost a great musician and mentor. I didn't know you very well personally, but your love for music was a human connection that touched me during some very dark days. Thank you Jack for sharing your gift and kindness with the world.  My deepest condolences.  
 "Here's wishing you the bluest skies..."   Better Things -The Kinks