In Loving Memory of Jack O. Cartner
August 13, 1931 – June 4, 2023
Jack O. Cartner, a visionary businessman, engineer, and entrepreneur, passed away on Sunday, June 4, at the age of 91. He leaves behind a legacy of innovation, dedication, and a profound impact on the community. Jack was a beloved family man, an esteemed leader, and a brilliant mind who will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Born and raised in Cambridge, Ohio, Jack exemplified the spirit of his beloved hometown throughout his life. He left to serve his country in the United States Air Force for several years, serving both abroad and at home.
Upon his return, he graduated from Franklin University, where he later served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and received an honorary doctorate degree in community leadership. Jack’s passion for engineering and mechanics led him to earn a Ph.D. from Pacific Western University.
As the president of MoTrim, Inc., a leading manufacturer of boom-type hydraulic mowing machinery, headquartered in Cambridge, Jack revolutionized the industry with his innovative designs and engineering prowess. Under his leadership, MoTrim, Inc. thrived, providing efficient and reliable equipment to customers nationwide. His vision and dedication propelled the company to great success, expanding its operations with an additional plant in Florida.
Jack’s impact extended far beyond his work with MoTrim. He held the position of president of Southeast Publications Inc. and served as the publisher of the Journal & Noble County Leader newspaper in Caldwell, Ohio, along with several magazines distributed throughout Southeastern Ohio. He also served as the president of Cartlan Corp. that constructs and owns commercial buildings. Jack’s commitment to his community was unwavering, and he always sought ways to enhance the lives of those around him.
Throughout his illustrious career, Jack earned an impressive collection of accolades and achievements. With 21 U.S. patents for mechanical and hydraulic machinery to his name, he showcased his inventiveness and commitment to technological advancements. Jack’s influence extended into the financial sector as well, as he served as a director on several national bank boards affiliated with the American Bank Corporation. He was an invaluable asset to these institutions, contributing his expertise and insights to guide their success.
Beyond his professional achievements, Jack was a loving husband, devoted father, doting grandfather, and a cherished brother. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia, with whom he shared a beautiful life for 72 years. Jack’s daughter, Karen McCoy, and granddaughter, Emily McCoy (Patrick Cannon), were his pride and joy, and he treasured every moment spent with them. He also leaves behind his sister, Sally Cochran (Carl Taylor), who shared a deep bond of love and support. Along with nieces Cheryl (Don) Gadd, Sandra (Mel) Miller, and nephew Michael (Debbie) Black.
He is preceded in death by his parents James and Lucille Cartner and son-in-law Richard McCoy.
Jack was known not only for his professional success but also for his generosity, charm, and genuine care for others. He was actively involved in the Guernsey County Republican Party and served as the president of the Republican Executive Committee. He was a respected member of various organizations, including the Elks, Masons, Shriners, and Moose Lodge, where he built lasting friendships and made significant contributions.
Calling hours will be held from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 8 at Bundy-Law Funeral Home, located at 120 N. 11th St. in Cambridge, Ohio. Funeral services will start at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 9 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Services will be officiated by Fr. Paul Hrezo and Fr. Robert Borer. Burial is to follow at Northwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to St. Benedict’s School or charity of your choice.