Twenty-one gun salute for La Salian 

Jack Shelby Turpin, a resident of La Sal, passed away January 6, 2021 at his home here surrounded by his family and friends after a battle with lung cancer.

A small memorial service was held in La Sal on January 16 which included a 21-gun salute by the local VFW post, including members from La Sal.

Jack was an Army veteran and served in the National Guard until 1990.

A kind man who considered himself an outlaw and loved his Harley, he would give you the shirt off his back. I did not know Jack personally, but on occasion, as I was walking the roads of our village, he would stop and ask if I was okay. I always appreciated his kindness and concern.

Jack had many dear friends and family in our town who were willing to help him in his final days. They called him Papa Jack.

He is survived by five children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild as well as three siblings. Due to COVID restrictions, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

COVID update: Two personnel at La Sal Elementary spent much of the holiday break suffering from the virus. Head teacher Ms. Shupe and cook and bottle washer Miss Joanie both contracted COVID but have now recovered and are back to daily life as usual.

Joan’s hubby, Mike, also had the virus, but it didn’t keep him down. Being a rancher, he quarantined in the wide-open spaces, breaking ice and doing other ranch chores away from other folks. He too has recovered.

La Sal Art Gallery: If you venture to La Sal Central, aka, the Store and Post Office, you’ll see a nice display of local art provided by the kiddos at La Sal Elementary School.

The big front-facing windows of the post office make a great backdrop for the young students’ artwork. This first appeared just prior to Christmas when a display of happy, accordion-legged elves showed up in the window.

Now on display are arty snowmen who seem to have been blown apart by some strange force. They are a nice example of budding artsy talent.

It’s a pleasant addition for the sometimes dreary days of January. Thanks to postmaster, Ms. Naomi for allowing the exhibit. She’s a special favorite of the kiddos and even attended La Sal E. at one time.

It’s January. Where is the snow? Guess we can still have a January thaw as it’s been cold enough, but it sure would be nice to see The Mountain clothed in more white than she is right now. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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