Jack Owens, who recently retired as the longest-serving board member of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, passed away Nov. 21 after suffering a heart attack. Owens was first elected to the TOC board in 1995 and retired from board service in July. During his board tenure, Owens served six years as Chairman. He also served as Vice Chairman representing Northern California, Chairman of the Legislative and Government Affairs Committee, and as an active member of the Racing Affairs, Wagering, Bylaws Review, and Purse committees.
A graduate of Stanford, Owens practiced law for more than 30 years. Ed Moger, a current Northern California Trainer representative on the TOC board who served with Owens for the past 13 years, told TOC's Mary Forney, “Jack had a great legal mind that was invaluable to the board. He was so intelligent and always right on target.”
Moger, who also trained horses for Owens, added, “He loved the game, he loved his farm, and he loved his horses.”
Owens raced predominately in Northern California. Along with his wife, Barbara, he owned Riveroak Ranch in Stanislaus County.
Jack Owens is survived by his wife, Barbara, four children (John, David, James, and Allie) and four grandchildren (Jaclyn, Audrey, Murphy, and Riley). A celebration of life will be held on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Owens family ranch in Modesto. RSVPs may be addressed to Barbara Owens at [email protected].
Donations in Owens's memory may be made to the California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation. Donations can be made at https://charities.org/donate or by check to CTHF, PO Box 660129, Arcadia, CA 91066.
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