Jack Daines, cowboy, auction mart operator, beef cattle promoter dies

Written by ECA Review

Jack Daines, a life-long cowboy: competitor, announcer, promoter, and organizer/builder passed away at Innisfail, Alta. at age 85 on Dec. 28, 2021.

Jack founded the Innisfail Professional Rodeo. In fact, he invented “Mutton Bustin” to include kids in the action. That event is now celebrated by rodeos across North America.

Radio listeners instantly recognized his raspy voice, whether citing beef market reports, touting an up-coming sale, or promoting a rodeo.

Jack enjoyed selling cattle and visiting with farmers and ranchers. 

His Innisfail Auction Market celebrated 65 years in 2020. It continues as a family business, and serves as a robust hub for the central Alberta beef industry. Son Duane, his cousin, and Duane’s uncle co-manage the market today.

Jack was a tireless community supporter, whether with 4-H clubs, live auction fundraisers, or personally helping families in need.

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