Jack Vanier dies at 94, Legendary K-Stater passed away, cause of death and Obituary

Legendary K-Stater John K. ‘Jack’ Vanier passed away at the age of 94. Let’s see How did Jack Vanier die and Jack Vanier Cause of death in detail.


How did Jack Vanier die?

John K. “Jack” Vanier, 94, died on Friday, February 10, 2023. The obituary from his family and statements from Kansas State University leadership are included below.

From the Vanier family:

To call Jack Vanier a founding father of a bygone rural Kansas culture would be three things at once. 

An understatement, a compliment and a chance for Jack to respond in his characteristic unassuming nature — accompanied by that brilliant smile — that he was just doing what came naturally. 

In his self-effacing, low-key way, it would also offer a golden opportunity for Jack to take issue with the “bygone” sentiment. 

Soft-spoken and successful. Kind and productive. Reliable and generous.

If someone were to ask, “What does it mean to be called ‘the salt of the Earth?'” One would only need to spend a few minutes talking about Jack Vanier to get a deep and meaningful sense.

And, while much has changed in Kansas and around the world since Jack Vanier’s time here, his death does not mark the end of an era. Jack lives on in the thoughts and memories that people have about him, as well as the warm feelings that people have about him.



A funeral will be held at Christ Cathedral in Salina, Kansas, on Friday, March 3, at 1 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Salina Community Foundation and the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund in Manhattan. Memorials may be sent to Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th Street, Salina, Kansas 67401.


Jack Vanier Cause of death

We’re sorry to have to inform you that Jack Vanier has passed away.

Jack Vanier was regarded as having a friendly personality. Many people must be curious to know the Jack Vanier cause of death in light of the recent news.

The precise Jack Vanier cause of death hasn’t been revealed, yet. As soon as we find out more information, we’ll update this story.


Who was Jack Vanier?

Jack Vanier, born in Salina, Kansas, to John J. “J.J.” and Lesta Vanier, ran the CK Ranch in Brookville, Kansas, which was once the country’s largest producer of purebred Hereford cattle. In addition, the family-owned ranches in Wyoming, Colorado, and Oklahoma. Jack gave his time and leadership to a variety of organizations, including the American Hereford Association, the Kansas Livestock Association, the National Cattlemen’s Association, and Archer Daniels Midland — roles in which he provided wisdom and insight, but mostly common sense. He made numerous and significant contributions to agriculture, the livestock industry, Kansas State University, and all the organizations and people he touched. But it is by living his life in this manner that Jack Vanier’s profound contribution to our larger society, rural culture, and a way of life worth preserving will be remembered.


Tributes to Jack Vanier

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him.

University President Richard Linton:

“Jack was part of the very fabric of Kansas State University. His vision, leadership, advocacy and philanthropy for both Kansas agriculture and our great university goes unmatched. The Vanier family has built an incredible legacy with remarkable impact for so many, and Jack’s vision laid that foundation. He will be greatly missed by so many, and our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.”

Greg Willems, president and chief executive officer of the KSU Foundation:

“Jack Vanier had a larger-than-life personality and was revered for his integrity and loyalty to his family and friends. His lifelong involvement and generosity supporting K-State has been truly remarkable. Jack’s humble leadership and unwavering support was treasured by countless leaders at K-State, and we will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Vanier family on the passing of their patriarch and our magnificent friend.”

Gene Taylor, director of K-State athletics:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss Jack Vanier, a true K-Stater who impacted so greatly our university, athletics program and the entire state of Kansas. Jack was an amazing and humble person who had a deep love for the Wildcats, and he and Donna’s foresight, belief and incredible generosity will forever link the Vanier family name to K-State Athletics. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary, Marty, John and the entire Vanier family during this emotional time.”

Amy Button Renz, president and chief executive officer of the K-State Alumni Association:

“Jack Vanier was everything a K-Stater should be. He was generous, quick-witted and had a strong desire to help others. When I joined the staff at the Alumni Association, Jack was a member of the Board of Directors. It was an honor to learn from him, and I was blessed with his lifelong friendship. Jack and Donna were avid supporters of many areas at K-State, including the Wildcat Statue at the K-State Alumni Center. The statue has become a K-State icon and tradition, and it would not have been possible without their generosity. My thoughts and prayers are with John, Marty, Mary and the entire Vanier family.”

One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.

We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.


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