Jack Chardon Turner
Dr. Jack Chardon Turner was born on June 24, 1944 in Alameda, California and passed away on July 5, 2019 in Huntsville, Texas at the age of 75.

Jack developed a love for nature at a young age and became an enthusiastic Cub Scout turned Boy Scout. With his scout-leader father by his side, he earned the title of Eagle Scout along with the bronze, silver and gold palms. Jack's love for the outdoors was evident in his life's work and hobbies.

Jack began his biological career in the sciences at California State University at Fullerton where he received his BA - Biology in 1966, his MA - Zoology in 1969. He earned his PhD in 1973 at the University of California, Riverside, and did his research on Big Horn Sheep at the Deep Canyon research station in Palm Desert, California, from 1969 through 1973. Jack experienced an exciting career with 45+ years of research experience with bears, mountain lions, deer, bighorn sheep, hawks and owls. He was skilled at ground and helicopter capture with net-gunning and immobilization darts. His diversity of work included studies for the U.S. Department of Defense regarding nerve agent effects on big-game wildlife in Utah, Lyme disease studies in Texas on deer herds; and an Archaeological Study for Camp Navajo which provided the basis of a federal law abetting Native American land entitlements.

Jack moved to Huntsville, Texas in 1987 and became a tenured professor at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). He advanced to assistant dean of the College of Health Sciences. Among his most recognized accomplishments at SHSU was his leadership in building the foundation for the allied health programs. He was instrumental in the School of Nursing from its inception until his retirement in 2017. Jack's caring nature led him to provide one-on-one counseling and guidance for each and every nursing student that came through the nursing program. His compassion for students was at the heart of his decisions in building successful programs at SHSU.

Jack's love for the outdoors included hunting and fishing with his many friends. Jack readily invited friends together for the mere pleasure of fellowship. Of the many and varied animals Jack studied and handled, his favorite was his trusted Dog, constant companion and best friend Katy, until she passed on in 2015. Jack was a genuine and loyal friend, brother, and son. Though his immediate family is relatively small, his academic family and base of friends was large. He enjoyed respect, was appreciated, loved, and will be remembered for decades to come. We are all saddened as we celebrate his life.

Jack is predeceased by his mother Beverly Turner. He is survived by father Jack Chardon Turner, Sr., brother George Turner, nephew Bryce Turner and his wife Annika ; grand nephews William, Jade and James Turner, and cousins Kit (Turner) Seals and Sharon (Turner) Dean. Please join us as we celebrate the life of Dr. Jack C. Turner.

Celebration of Life Service:
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m.
Elkins Lake Baptist Church
2016 SH-19, Huntsville, TX 77340
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack's memory can be made to:
Dr. Jack C. Turner Endowed Scholarship
Sam Houston State University
Box 2537, Huntsville, Texas 77341
Published on October 30, 2019


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Darrell Hall Family
Nov 01, 2019
We as a family are grieving the death of Jack. He was a guest in our home for dinner, the first night he arrived in Texas. He and our family bonded. He said we were his Texas family. We shared many meals, joys and heartaches together. We as a family loved you and you certainly are missed.
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Kelly Steele
Nov 01, 2019
Doc Turner was one of my favorite teachers that I ever had. I always looked forward to going to his class and would love listening to him tell stories.
Leslie Nunley
Oct 31, 2019
Dr. Turner was a wonderful teacher. He pulled no punches (I still remember the day of our first Bio I test when he locked the doors at 9:00 and everyone who had gotten accustomed to tricking in late was now on the WRONG side of the door), but always had a minute when you needed a hug. My children loved going to visit him on campus (he was a great supporter of the Girl Scout Cookie program). God speed Dr. Turner.
Kelly Gilmore
Oct 30, 2019
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Terry Hoage
Oct 30, 2019
It was with great pleasure that I shared the biology department with Jack until I retired in 1997. We worked together on several projects that resulted in publications and research experience for students. A precise teacher and research advocate, he was great to work with and to have as a friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.