HITCHITA — Jack Precht and his wife, Mickey, are sitting in the kitchen of their little one-bedroom home in rural Hitchita, about 30 miles southeast of Okmulgee. They moved out here a few years ago to retire in the country, having lived in Kansas City for a time and then Haskell.
Jack Precht describes himself as a quiet, modest man. But a closer look shows a determination inside him that he only acknowledges if asked.
In front of Precht, on the small wooden table where he’s sitting, are two items — a coverless pocket Bible with yellowing, torn pages, and a scratched, strapless watch face. Behind Precht, metaphorically speaking, is a 45-year hunt for the family of the man to whom those two items belonged, a Tennessee Marine named Dan Arthur Bolton who died in Vietnam in 1969.