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Jack Holmes Hand Jr., 83

| December 5, 2020 1:00 AM

Jack Hand passed away Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, after a brief illness.

Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Jack was one of four children. He made his way to Coeur d'Alene in 1976. He established his own auto repair business, which he successfully operated until retiring in 2020.

Jack was married twice and had one son, two daughters and one stepdaughter, before he married Lorena Duncan in 1978. He became stepfather to Lorena's four daughters and also became the anchor for their growing families.

Jack thoroughly enjoyed his work and business, but also loved racing cars and riding motorcycles and quads. Over the years, he gifted many of his grandchildren with bikes or quads of their own, and participated in countless family camping excursions where motorcycle riding was the favorite activity.

As the grandchildren and great-grandchildren came along, Jack loved having the little ones stay for weekends, where they would find a closet full of toys and a garage full of bicycles and outdoor playthings. Family photos frequently show Jack holding a toddler in his arms.

In 2013, Jack lost his entire left leg following a motorcycle accident, but he rapidly adapted to his “handicap” status. He was ingenious in creating new ways to go about his business and daily life in a wheelchair, walker or on a quad. In spite of this disability, he was absolutely steadfast in caring for Lorena at home, during her decline from dementia and her eventual death in May of this year.

Jack is preceded in death by his parents, siblings and wife. He is survived by his three children, five step-children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

According to Jack's wishes, there will be no funeral.