Jack McDonnell's home town is Hamburg, New York. He is the second oldest of nine children. His father worked at Bethlehem Steel Plant. Jack served in the United States Army 1968 – 1970 – Viet Nam veteran. He earned a BS in Accounting at the State University of New York at Buffalo and worked as Special Agent Federal Bureau of Investigation 20+ years. Jack is a life-long participant in athletics, running, golf, baseball, and football.