John was born on January 22, 1921, and was the only child born to Dudley and Eva Cardiff. The family farmed and raised purebred Clydesdale horses southeast of Waseca.
John, or "Jack" as he was better known, attended Halfway for his public schooling and finished his high schooling in Waseca. He then went to the University of Saskatchewan entering the College of Engineering but found his rural education had not adequately prepared him and chose to return to farm with his dad.
Favorite pastimes, when not farming, were fastball and hockey and he played on many of the local teams. In later years, curling could be added to this list and the Farmer's Bonspiel was an annual event.
On April 11, 1956 he married Marion Hodge of Maidstone. Together they raised four children. Life was busy with farming and running the kids to their activities. Jack enjoyed fishing and later ski-dooing so purchased a cabin at Little Fishing Lake where the family still gathers.
After high school, Mark began farming with his dad. In 1983 Jack and Marion moved into Waseca but certainly did not "retire". Jack remained in Wasecsa after Marion passed away until the spring of 2015 when he moved into the Pine Island Suites in Maidstone.
Jack was a good natured person with a knack for teasing those he thought could take it. He enjoyed watching a good hockey game, reading a good western and smoking a good cigar. He mostly enjoyed climbing on the tractor and tilling up the soil. In his mind there was almost no better way to pass an afternoon. He lived a healthy and happy life.
Jack was predeceased by: his wife, Marion; and his parents, Dudley and Eva Cardiff.
Jack is survived by: his four children, Carol (David) Lundquist, Donna (Mark) Pickett, Mark (Chandra) Cardiff, and Kathy (Mike) Ballan; his grandchildren, Abby (Brent) Albert, Nicole Lundquist, Lindsay Lundquist, Caitlin Pickett, Kyle (Kayla) Pickett, Travis (Renae) Cardiff, Devan (Sheila) Cardiff, Brooke Cardiff, Curtis (Amber) Ballan, and Brendan (Lisa) Ballan; and his seven great grandchildren.
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