Bigfooter Jared Hosack, 39, Dies

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 4th, 2015

A young Bigfoot enthusiast Jared Hosack, 39, who graced the pages of this blog in 2008, died last month suddenly of complications from a recent sleep apnea surgery.


Jared Hosack (above) was Justin Ameno’s Best Man, earlier in 2015. Photo courtesy of the Ameno family.


In 2008, I wrote (see here, here, and here) of a theft at a convenience store in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, where the focus was Nicole Hosack, the co-owner of Niki’s Quick Six store in Spring Church, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The stolen item was a three foot tall resin Sasquatch.

“They walked over to [the] Sasquatch while my employee was paying attention to wrapping up food. And they put [their] coat over it and walked out the door,” Hosack said.

The statue was a Christmas present for Nicole’s husband, Jared, and it became a popular photo opportunity.

“For someone to go and take something that means something so much to us, it’s just a shame, and we just want him back, we really do,” Nicole Hosack said.

A missing Sasquatch report was filed with Kiski Township Police. The store’s owner offered a $100, then a $400 reward for the statue’s safe return. (Source: KDKA)


Eventually, Cryptomundo’s Craig Woolheater gave the Niki’s Quik Six a replacement for their stolen Bigfoot. Craig and I felt tied to Niki’s Quik Six, so this news of Jared’s death is shocking. Our condolences to all his family and friends.

Jared’s official obituary was published in Indiana, Pennsylvania:

Jared M. Hosack, 39, of Spring Church, passed away on Friday, October 16, 2015.

Born October 18, 1975 in Kittanning, he was a son of Edward and Darla (Winger) Hosack of Spring Church.

Jared lived in Spring Church all of his life, and was a 1994 graduate of Apollo-Ridge High School. He attended California University of Pennsylvania, IUP, and Slippery Rock. He played football with Cal U and IUP as a Tight End, a career he continued with the Johnstown Generals and the Steel Valley Smash in Arena Football Leagues.

With his wife Nicole, he owned and operated Niki’s Quick Six for the last eight years.

Jared loved to tinker with projects, and enjoyed welding and scrapping with his father Edward. He also had a fascination with Sasquatch, a/k/a “Bigfoot.”

Jared was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Arthur & Jane Winger; paternal grandparents, Edward & Lois Hosack, Sr.; and father-in-law, Joseph M. Temak.

In addition to his parents, Jared is survived by his wife of 13 years, the love of his life, Nicole R. (Temak) Hosack of Spring Church; brother, Jonathan D. Hosack of Spring Church; in laws Paul J. Lucas and Rebecca J. Temak of Belle Vernon; several aunts, uncles, and cousins, including cousin, Seth Hosack.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

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