Memorial Service for Quick

Dr. James “Jim” S. Quick of Fort Collins, passed away early on the morning of July 5 following a long illness, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 20, 1940, on a rural farm near Starkweather, North Dakota, to James Rodrick and Anna Selma (Sather) Quick, the oldest of seven children.james quick

He was a scientist and teacher, world traveler, skier, family historian, and gardener extraordinaire. He was also a wonderful husband, loving father, and adoring grandfather.

Jim studied at North Dakota State University for undergraduate work and Purdue for post-graduate work, obtaining an M.S. and Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics. He had a long and impressive career, working at North Dakota State University, Colorado State University, also Hyderabad in India, Cambridge in the United Kingdom, the Toowoomba Wheat Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia, and CIMMYT in Mexico.

In 1993 he met his current wife, Jaculynn Panuska. They were married in Fort Collins on June 13, 1994, and recently celebrated their 21st anniversary.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James in 1968 and Anna in 2012, and brothers Richard R. Quick in 1999 and John R. Quick in 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie Panuska; three daughters, Alissa J. Quick of Bloomington, IN; Katie A. Quick May (Daniel Fairbank) of Fort Collins; Jeanette S. Quick Sandlin (Mark) of Greensboro, NC; and their mother, Rosemary Davenport (Chris Reid) of Fort Collins; also step-children, Robin Horak of Boston, MA, and Jason Horak (Alice Kunce) of Little Rock, AR; grandchildren, Cassandra and Nathan May, and step-grandchildren, Kayli and Hunter Sandlin, Lyrian Ruesch and Raymond Horak. He is also survived by siblings, Bobby Ann (Wayne) Paintner of Sundance, WY; Joan (Dennis) Bangen of Casper, WY; Mary Ellen (Jim) Spenningsby of Duluth, MN; and Marcia (Mike) Zimmerman of Garrison, ND; and sister-in-law, Joan Quick of Fargo, ND.

Below is the pasted email about the memorial services:

Hi Everyone

I am sending this email to friends in the CSU community. I only have so many email addresses, so please feel free to forward this email to others who would like to know about our memorial for Jim.

Just in case there is someone on this list that does not know about the recent turn of events concerning Jim, I am sad to report that Jim passed away in the early morning hours of July 5th at home surrounded by his family.

We are planning a memorial for him on August 22nd in the West Ballroom of the Lory Student Center at CSU from 2:00-4:00pm.

The first part of the program will be a sharing of our thoughts and remembrances of times we have spent with Jim. If you would like to participate in the memorial by doing a reading or sharing a special memory, please let me know as soon as possible.

I know about Jim as a husband and father, but I need your help in noting his scientific accomplishments.  I would appreciate someone sharing some of his accomplishments during the memorial if possible. Please let me know if you are interested in doing that for us.  If you would rather write down your thoughts, I will share them with the family.

The second part of the program will be a time to visit with family and friends while having some refreshments and enjoying the beautiful view of the mountains out of the west windows.

We will also have a small memorial up at the farm in North Dakota sometime later this fall. We have not made definite plans at this time.

We hope that you will be able to join us on August 22nd.


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