This online memorial was created in loving memory of Jack Myllymaki, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Jack's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Jack forever.
Jack Earl "Piano Jack" Myllymaki, 57, of Belt, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday at his home in Belt.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Croxford Funeral Home and Crematory, and his memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Rose Room at Croxford Funeral Home. Burial of ashes will take place in Big Willow Cemetery at a later date. A potluck reception at 12:30 p.m. at Belt Park Pavillion in Belt will follow the services.
Survivors include a daughter, Jenny Wren "Bug" Myllymaki Himel of Big Sandy, Texas; a son, Jacob Geoffrey "Bob" Myllymaki of Belt; his parents, J. Gilbert and Delores K. Myllymaki of Belt; sisters Susan Amanda Young of Missoula, Gail (and David) Green of Billings and Jean (and Paul) Charos of Wakefield, Mass.; and a brother, Lee Alan Myllymaki of Missoula.
Jack was born Dec. 27, 1950, in Great Falls and was raised in the Bitteroot Valley. He graduated from Stevensville High School in 1969 and attended Pacific Lutheran University, where he studied music and marine biology. He was first married to Shannon Harren in Stevensville in 1981, and they divorced in 1989. He and Lee Ann Gleason were married in 2007 in Korpivaara, Mont.
He had worked at logging in Oregon, on the pipeline in North Dakota, and mining in Utah, all while playing piano, which he began at age 5. He cut firewood for many years in the Belt area. He was proud of his Finnish heritage and was a full-blooded Finn who was "a son of a son of a son of a son of a pioneer." He was a member of the Audubon Society and the Mountain Bluebird Trails. He had actively monitored bluebirds in the Highwood Mountains since 1999.
He enjoyed fishing, fishing, fishing and hunting. He also, of course, enjoyed pianos and playing them.