About the Jack Jessee Blog

Jack Jessee has been on 3 seasons of Ice Road Truckers.  He drives the Dalton Highway year round.  Rain or shine, snow or sun, or all 4 at once.  This blog is about the various loads he hauls, the things he sees, and anything else that might be interesting.  Written by Jack Jessee’s wife, Judy.

Here are some photos of Jack, Judy & other people you might recognize.  Click on the first one and scroll to the right to see the captions.

 

 

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223 comments on “About the Jack Jessee Blog

  1. Susan says:

    This Thank You, is for Judy Lawson, Thank You so much for the link, of Hindies Deadliest Roads, I couldn’t help but smile. Oh my heavens, it sure was good to see Gentleman Jack again. I still say he’s the best Calvary Carlile ever has…..
    Stay Safe Judy & Jack……and have Fun…

  2. Melinda Gill says:

    Mr. Jack Jesse is very much missed on IRT. I was a new viewer (one season before The Dalton) and Jack and Lisa were quite welcome in my eyes. Love Alex but Hugh was a major mistake. I had read that Jack didn’t like the cameras all the time but he was a excellent example of how the ice roads should be respected without taking life threatening risks. Maybe he could make a cameo once a season just to give us our “Jack” fix. Safe travels to all.

  3. Susan says:

    Hi Melinda, You’re absolutely right. I too miss watching IRT up in Alaska. They showed that driving the ice roads, was totally different than just getting behind the wheel & driving. The skills like Jack has, is unquestionable. I miss seeing Jack, Phil, all the people at Carlile. I learned some new, every time I watched it. Loved seeing AK. Yes, Jack didn’t like the camera being in his face 24/7. But still miss Gentleman Jack. IRT being filmed in Canada, is a joke. Forget reality, more like a nighttime soap opera. Finally, I just like to say, I’m sending thy thought & prayers to the Ward family. The sudden death of Darrell Ward, was a shock to us all.

  4. Melinda Gill says:

    OMG, I had not heard about Darrell. How sad for his family. I, too, will send sympathies and prayers. Thank you for sharing that untimely news.

  5. Melvyn Emmett says:

    Sad to hear of the death out Darrell Ward.Fine driver.

  6. Jack is my favorite driver and best above all. My father and step father were both semi drivers from New England so show close to my heart. Miss you, Jack!

  7. Judy Lawson says:

    Hi Judy, I know I’m commenting on old pictures but I really enjoy the pictures you post. I’ll never see Alaska in person so it’s nice to enjoy pictures from people who live there. The wheel on a piece of equipment in a picture from 2012 reminds me of a picture my husband sent to me when he was stationed at Ft. Greely in the very early 1960’s. He was over 6 feet tall and the wheel he was standing in was at least twice or more as tall as he was. We have a son who is retired from 28 years in the Air Force who also spent 4 years in Alaska but I never got to visit him while he was there. I have a question about the northern lights that I never thought to ask either one of them. When they are shown on tv or videos the lights are moving and twisting rapidly. Do they actually move that fast or do they just speed up the videos?

  8. Susan says:

    Judy Lawson, I live in Edmonton Alberta Canada, While they don’t move as fast as you see them on TV, but, yes The lights do dance in the sky. You only see them on clear nights. No matter how often you see them, you’re always left in awe of them. Oh, and yes they do shine in a variety of colors.

    • Judy Lawson says:

      Thank you for answering my question, Susan! I think the lights are beautiful. Are they always the greenish color or do they have different colors depending on the weather maybe?

    • Judy Lawson says:

      Oh, and Susan, I’m in a facebook group with a guy who lives in Edmonton and keeps track of Hummingbirds! Do you put up feeders for the little birds?

  9. Susan says:

    Hi Judy, In the area where I live, there’s just too many cats, so no not many of us,put feeders up for humming birds. I do for the other birds, though. Not really, I’ve seen white ones dance, across the sky, I thought I say red once, but usually just green & white. Take Care

  10. Annette Hughes says:

    Miss you Jack,since darrel ward death,will you come back to the show?and drive the Dalton?

  11. Susan says:

    Hey Annette, the recent IRT was being filmed here in in the province of Manitoba, Canada. Still hoping they’ll move back to Alaska USA

    • Annette Hughes says:

      The show is not interesting any more,this art person,the new female driver,along with the others,well if I’m not channel surfing,I don’t watch anymore.to the ward family,especially Reno,your dad always thought of you just as the past and present IRT watchers sends our deepest sympathy to his family…..jack,please,please come back.

      • Judy Lawson says:

        Annette, if I understand it correctly it’s the producers of the IRT that changed where the show is filmed. They moved the filming out of Alaska and it’s now being produced and filmed in Canada. Jack still drives for Carlile Transport in Alaska. If they would move the filming back to Alaska maybe there’s a chance we could see Jack driving again.

  12. Chris says:

    I really enjoyed watching Jack on IRT, He is a level headed professional truck driver and seems like a good person overall. I am a fellow truck driver over in upstate New York. My family has a concrete block & ready mix business so I get to drive all kinds of trucks, from bulk cement tanks, boom truck, ready mix concrete truck to dump truck. I can say that just from watching him on the show I have learned some great tips, def miss him from the show. Keep on trucking and be safe
    Chris

  13. Susan says:

    Hi Chris, being a Jack’s, I have to agree, with you. What I really like, is that when he was driving, he was actually educating the viewers. I know, you get to deal with some pretty interesting roads, too.(especially in winter) So you can(the viewers) can always learn something. Plus, Jack doesn’t have a potty mouth, No need to bleep every 2nd word he says. Jack’s known at the Gentleman Driver. Carllile’s Cavalry. Stay Safe out there……….

  14. Judy Lawson says:

    That’s another thing I like about Jack…..doesn’t use language that has to be bleeped out! But I don’t think there’s anything I DON’T like about Jack! He’s a good example for young, and old people like me. He reminds me of my 3 sons, they have never had a potty mouth either. I’m proud of them and Jack. If I could choose a 4th son it would have to be Jack. I’m sure he’s not perfect, but close enough.

    • Susan says:

      LOL, I’m a wee bit older, so I wouldn’t really want him for a son, but would feel much safer driving, if there were more truckers like Jack out there. He is a class act. Guess that’s why he’s so popular. He also has respect for the trucks he drives as well. Jack Jessee, Is in a class by himself.
      Take Care, Stay Safe out there………..

  15. Annette says:

    Jack,Judy,if you guys ever OR have children,what wonderful parents the two of you will make,you have the most beautiful play ground any kid could ever want to play in.with Jack as dad,beautiful.

  16. Susan says:

    Annette Hughes & Judy Lawson, Yes they’ve bee filming Ice Road Truckers, here in Canada, but Mainly in the Northern part of Manitoba, & North Western Ontario. Many views have ceased to watch, as it’s more of a nighttime soap opera for adults. There’s NO respect shown for the owners, nor the trucks, and is no longer a G nor PG rating. Personally, I wish they would film back up in Alaska. Unfortunately viewers, prefer the profanity & disregard for company property. So sad, started as a good reality show, & ended up trash. My personal Opinion I no longer watch

  17. Jesse Aird says:

    Is JudyinAlaska ok? Haven’t seen her respond in a while. Hope and pray that both Judy and Jack are well.

  18. Susan says:

    Hi Jesse Aird, I know that Jack & Judy, were taking a bit of a trip. Then with the death of Darrel Ward, perhaps, they’re staying quiet, or possibly, life catches up with you. You know how it is. Go for a small vacation, come home, and you have your thing to do list, as long as your arm. I’m sure Judy, will make an appearance.

  19. Jesse Aird says:

    Thanks Susan. Folks on this blog are great.

  20. judyinalaska says:

    Hi all, yes Jack and I have been in and out of town a lot this summer. Currently trying to catch up on everything that needs to get done before winter. I hope to return to weekly blogging this winter when there’s less to do. Life does get hectic. Jack was saddened by the death of Darrell Ward. He didn’t know him very well but liked him a lot. And since Jack is a man of few words that is saying a lot. Thanks everyone for your kind words about Jack. I always plan on reading him your comments but then when he is here for only one afternoon, like yesterday, so many things get left undone. Like I said, winter should be quieter and we can catch up a little bit. Thanks guys for being such loyal fans to Jack! He will hear what you guys have posted recently on his next day off, later on this week. – Judy

  21. Susan says:

    Hi Jesse Aird, No problem. Happy I could help. And yes, I have to agree, everyone on this blog, are pretty great. Judy does one heck of a job, trying to keep answering questions, & just blogging, does a phenominal job as well. No worries Judy, All of us understand how life happens, and time gets away from us.
    Please both You & Jack Stay Safe

  22. Russ from NC says:

    Thanks for this blog. I always thought that along with Lisa and Alex, Jack was one of the most interesting IRT drivers. Thanks again!

    • Susan says:

      Hi Russ, Jack is Aces. Now if Jack would write a book, about how he can to be an Ice Road Trucker, & a few more memorable stories/adventures, I know ALL of us Jack Jessee Fans & more would wait in line for it.

  23. Melvyn Emmett says:

    Sorry I haven’t commented for a while. Ironic the way Darrell died after years driving ice roads. Don’t know what Lisa Kelly will do now.
    Anyway glad Jack and Judy ok

  24. Sartenada says:

    Hi. Your blog is awesome. I checked many of Your post and loved them. Regards from Finland.

  25. Jesse Aird says:

    Judy,
    How are y’all doing? How is Jack’s new Freightliner and DD16 engine doing? How winter is treating you well.
    Blessings
    Jesse Aird

    • judyinalaska says:

      It’s not quite winter but sometimes it feels like it! Jack put about 145 thousand miles on the Shaker and really enjoyed the DD16. He’s back in a Kenworth now. Best wishes to you Jesse. 🙂

      • Jesse Aird says:

        Thanks Judy. Why the Kenworth? I thought that Jack liked the Shaker. Hope y’all are well.
        Jesse

  26. TripleSix says:

    What ever happened to Big Daddy Carey Hall? Love to see him and Jack prank each other. Is Big daddy still at Carlile?

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