Longtime Devils Lake attorney John "Jack" Traynor died Sunday, July 11, according to the state Supreme Court website. He was 94.

Traynor graduated from the UND School of Law and was admitted to the North Dakota bar in 1951. He was a licensed attorney for 68 years.

According to a profile on the Traynor Law Firm website, he was a long-time member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

He served as a director of a major bank in the Devils Lake community for over 25 years and was actively involved when the bank was sold in 1997. He also served as chairman of a national foundation with assets of more than $350 million.

He was national president of the American Elks Association (B.P.O.E.) in 1985-86 and visited 48 states, Panama, and Puerto Rico.

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Traynor served 16 years in the North Dakota State Senate. He served as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Natural Resources Committee. In 1999, the State Bar Association of North Dakota presented Jack with its Legislative Service Award recognizing his dedicated service to the people of North Dakota.

His funeral will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Devils Lake, according to a notice from the court. Gilbertson Funeral Home in Devils Lake is handling arrangements.