In 1976, Black Jack celebrated his 29th birthday with style, with Secretary of the Army Martin Hoffman (1975-77) in attendance. Black Jack enjoyed his usual butter pecan cake, prepared by event host Nancy Schado. Many attendees brought treats for the famous horse, in the way of carrots, sugar cubes and apples. Black Jack’s 29th birthday would be his last, as old age was catching up with the spirited horse. He would pass away just two weeks later.