Sunday, January 11, 2015

SA Jack R. Coler; 1947-1975 Rest-in-Peace

Dear Supporters:

Husband, father, son, brother. Professional, dedicated, courageous. These are some of the things that come to mind when we remember Jack Coler. Others are partner, friend, and the unquestioned character traits of Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity. Jack left behind a loving widow and two young sons who may have only a faint memory of their devoted, caring and brave father.

On January 12, Jack would have reached his sixty-eighth birthday. There is no way of knowing what these last forty years of his life may have brought. But those who knew him could easily imagine a life rich in accomplishments and strong family ties. Perhaps retired from a long and productive Bureau career and with Jack’s commitment and dedication to law enforcement, he may have pursued another career as a Chief of Police. Or, with his sons and grandchildren continued his love of the outdoors with deeper adventures exploring remote wilderness areas.

All the potential enjoyment, happiness, successes and challenges of a life that was to be, however, was robbed from Jack, his family, and many friends by the Cowards of Jumping Bull on that agonizing and tragic day in 1975.

With certainty, Jack Coler knows that he can rest assured we will continue to honor his memory and sacrifice in the line-of-duty. That reverence and commitment has no expiration date. His memory will live on in every FBI Field Office in the country.

To see Jack as he was then, and to imagine meeting him today, please see the remarkable video produced by the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI available on YouTube. There, you will learn about the incredible Jack Coler and his equally brave and courageous partner, Ron Williams.

 “In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods