Jack Marshall Owens, Jr. DDS was called home on May 11, 2018, at the age of 59 years old. His quick wit and generous heart will be deeply missed by those who called him husband, father, grandfather, brother, dentist and friend.
He entered this world on January 26, 1959, in New Orleans, LA. The fourth child and only boy born to Jack Marshall Owens, Sr. and Betty Keeny Owens, Jack began pushing buttons and boundaries from the earliest of ages. His mischievous, crooked smile and self-deprecating humor paired well with his adventurous spirit and sacrificial hospitality. Jack studied Biochemistry at LSU, pledged as a Theta Xi, and was known to run shirtless down Sorority Row. When he was wearing clothes, they were quite stylish – earning him the nickname “GQ” through college. He found love while studying dentistry at LSUHSC, where the daydream believer met his homecoming queen – Kelley Snider. Because the eternally youthful Jack often missed social cues, Kelley was forced to corner him one day, asking, “What do I mean to you?” He replied, “We are only ever going to be just friends.” They remained “just friends” for 36 years.
While attending dental school together, Jack and Kelley realized their own need for grace and forgiveness. Their love was strong, but their hope had been built on the things and people of this world. A classmate shared good news with them – that they were great sinners, but that Jesus was a great Savior. They came to know the undeserved mercy and grace that Jesus showed the world. By absorbing the just consequence for our injustice, deceit, pride, control, and rebellion on the cross, Jesus exchanged death for life. Jack found forgiveness, grace, freedom, and eternal life alongside his bride. And the gratitude, grace, and generosity of this imperfect man pointed countless others to his Perfect Creator and Savior, and enabled him to live his life without fear.
As a father, Jack would have moved heaven and earth for his children. He was full of life – which makes his death inconceivable. He was faithfully present – which makes his absence incomprehensible. He was brutally honest – always truthful about his own mistakes in order that his children would not follow in the steps he regretted. He was both terribly corny and irreverently hilarious – eliciting eye-rolls, pained groans, and belly laughs with his joy and humor. He was inexhaustibly encouraging – cheering others on through his words and tangible acts of love. He was silly and spontaneous. He loved much, and loved without distinction.
Jack resided with his wife and beloved dog Penny in Zachary, LA, and has owned and operated Owens Family Dentistry since November of 1987. Jack served as Elder at the Plains Presbyterian Church, and was active in his denomination – counseling and encouraging pastors around the country.
Jack is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Kelley Snider Owens; two sons, Jack Marshall Owens III (Hilary), Zachary Snider Owens (Kristen); daughter, Grace Jael Owens; 4 grandchildren, Samuel Kenneth, Alexandria Joy, Jackson Isaac, Ruth Eden Rose; three sisters, Charlotte Owens Lynas (Barry), Maida Owens, and Susan Owens Snelling. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack is predeceased by his father, Jack Marshall Owens, Sr.; mother, Betty Keeny Owens; infant sons, Gabriel Christian Owens and Michael Solomon Owens; and one miscarried child.
Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for the visitation at Plains Presbyterian Church, 22929 Old Scenic Hwy, Zachary, LA, Monday, May 14, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The visitation will continue Tuesday, May 15, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Reverend Jack Marshall Owens, III, and Reverend Campbell Silman. The graveside service and burial will follow in Plains Presbyterian Memorial Gardens officiated by Reverend Richard Bailey.
Baker Funeral Home is honored to serve the Owens family and invites you to sign the guestbook and share memories at bakerfuneralhomeonline.com.
Dear Kelly and Family,
We just learned of Jack's home-going.
Both bitter and sweet are the memories because we loved him as a brother. Bitter because we shall miss him in this life, sweet because we will be joined one day to worship the King around the throne.
We love you and pray for you and bless you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior
Tom and Norma Cook
Thomas CookLiberty, MS
Kelley and Family, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry we are for your loss. I think I am still in shock and my eyes tear up when I think about Dr. Owens being gone. We have known Dr. Owens since he opened his practice on Lavey Lane in Baker. That was back in 1985/86, and we've known you about the same. You two are like our family. He was quite a joy to be around for sure. So helpful and kind. We will miss him very much. Our hearts break for you and your family. Our loss is Heaven's gain. We are keeping you all in our prayers...asking God to give you peace, comfort, and strength today and in the days ahead. We have comfort in knowing that Jack is rejoicing with Jesus and we will see him later. Kelley, we love you and our hearts are broken for you. Linda and Ray Johnson
RAY AND LINDA JOHNSONBaker, LA
Kelley, we are so sorry to hear of your family's loss and our hearts are hurting for you all. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying that God will grant you peace and fill your minds and hearts with wonderful memories. We love you.
Della and Lawrence HenaganDequincy, LA
Jack was amazing. It's so hard to think of him gone. Why he put up with me, I'll never know (probably because Kelley made him - lol - she has a heart of gold) - but I appreciate all that he poured into my life. From my teen years to three decades plus later...
Thank you, Jack. Thank you.
And to Kelley and the kids - love you and praying for you.
Kimberley WoodhouseAdrian, MI
We were so deeply saddened to learn of Jack's passing. He set such a fine example for all of us to aspire to. I will never forget his kindness to us during our missionary stint, as well as the encouraging words he always spoke when we saw him. We are all richer for having known him, and though we grieve at his earthly passing, we take comfort in knowing he is in the presence of the God he loved and served so well.
Montie and Brenda PittsBATON ROUGE, LA
Oh my...we were shocked to hear of Jack's death. What a good man, what a godly man. Although we have not seen Jack and his family for many years, we often share stories of our time in dental school and beyond where fond memories with the Owens are a central theme. So sorry to Kelley and the family. You are in are thoughts and deepest prayers.
Hank and Diane MatthewsFayetteville, AR
We are praying for you and your family. We have great memories of Jack, who will forever live in our hearts and minds but even more in the presence of the Lord for eternity.
Eddie and Michelle EdgertonBaker, LA
I will always remember my first visit at Dr. Owens Office when he was on Lavey Lane in Baker. When I told him I was changing Dentist because my current one was not very good at communicating and boring, he said, "What do you want? I'll do a song and dance for you just to keep your business." We shared passions, of Music, Motorcycles, Bizarre (to most) Craft Beer, among other things as well. Always Interesting, Never Boring, a trip to see Jack for Pam or I, was like going to visit family, as he shared his own with his patients, you felt like you knew them all. Kind, Giving, Fair, where does one stop to describe him? All Pam and I know, is that our Community, lost a Good Man. Glad we crossed paths in this World, we plan on seeing you in the next one....
Mitch & Pam LandryGreenwell Springs, LA
My deepest condolences to the Owen family. May God keep his arms around the family.
Annie Bell ClayBaton Rouge, LA
Kelley, our deepest Condolences to you and your family. May the Lord comfort you in the days ahead.
Beverly and Rhett CharlevilleZachary, LA
Dear Kelly and family. My heart and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time. I have had the pleasure of seeing you And Jack and your beautiful family as I visited Plains Church with my sister Margaret Woods. I could see the joy and love within your family was very deep. Grace I read the tribute you wrote to you Daddy and I am sure he is smiling down at you as it was beautiful. Praying that God wraps his arms around you Kelly and each of you and reminds you that this is the time when He will carry you. God Bless you Suzette
Suzette McConnell PickettMandeville, LA
So shocked and sorry to learn of this. He will be greatly missed. He was so kind and so funny. I never saw him in a bad mood. He was so helpful to me and my family. I a so honored to have met him and you as well, Kelley. My prayers will be with you all and I pray that God will wrap His arms around you all and give you the comfort only He can.
Kathryn PerryZachary, LA
My deepest condolences to the Owen family. I had the pleasure of being a patient of Dr. Owens and his presence in our community will surely be missed.
Paula Harris NevelsZachary, LA
I am so very sorry for your loss. Dr. Owens was my Dentist and such a great man. It took me years to find a Dentist I felt I could trust, and I immediately trusted Dr. Owens. Dr. Owens would tell jokes and have everyone laughing to the point, you really didn’t even feel like you were at the Dentist. R.I.P. Dr. Owens. You will be missed beyond words!
To the Owens Family:
Grace and Peace to you at this time. I am still in utter disbelief. But our God is faithful. He will comfort and show His love to you. Now Jack Owen's is with the Lord cheering us on as we carry on living in that same spirit of life and laughter he shared with us. I pray you all rest in the peace that passes all understanding. For God is with you. In the days ahead I look forward to greeting you all with support and comfort in and outside of work. ❤
Joycia BellZachary, LA
I will see you again Brother Jack! Till then enjoy your great reward! Thank you for your friendship and wisdom! 🦅🙏🙏🙏
Tommy BoyettWeyanoke, LA
I was fortunate to meet Dr. Jack in Cancun less than a month ago. Just a week with him and Kelly and I know why everyone loved him. He was always smiling and made our trip more special. I feel blessed to have known him and saddened that the time was so short. May you all find peace with your memories.
“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure”
AlisaSt. Amant, LA
I’m so very sorry for Jack’s passing. He was a wonderful man. Many prayers to his friends and family. AA1296
Mitch MulvehillCarrollton, TX
I have great memories of Jack. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Cheryl Deshotels CannonCorinth, TX
So sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed Jack’s love for life. He was a good friend and a good man. Prayers for your family.
Sam MianoMandeville, LA
I am so very sorry to hear this. Went to school with Jack. He was always so sweet and funny. He'll be sorely missed by so many people. Condolences to all his family and friends. RIP Jack.
Kathy Stevens AustinBaker, LA