Jim Jackson, 66, passed away on July 9, 2013 in Modesto, CA. He was born to Marge and Jim Jackson in Escalon, CA on May 18, 1947.
He graduated from Escalon High School in 1965, and enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served in Lackland, TX and Thailand. After leaving the service, he lived in Escalon, Modesto, and Idaho, where he worked on his uncle’s family farm. He later moved to Capital where he lived for many years and made many friends. He recently moved back to Modesto.
He was the grandson of James Jackson, one of Escalon’s earliest pioneers.
While in school Jim enjoyed drama and music. He was a talented trumpet player and eventually played in the USAF band before transferring overseas during the Vietnam War. He was well-known for his ability to get along with people, his wit, and great pride in his family. He was so proud of his son and grandchildren, and would whip out pictures when asked about them.
Survivors include his son Justin and daughter-in-law Jena; four grandchildren, Sophia, Lydia, Symeon, and Irene, all of Hillsdale, MI; brothers Jon Jackson and wife Chris of Modesto, Pat Jackson and wife Cindy Stearns of Sebastopol; nieces Sara, Anna and nephews Conner and Dillon.
He was a beloved father, grandfather, and brother.
Memorial service will be held at Burwood Cemetery, Escalon on Saturday, July 20 at 1 p.m.
Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the VFW Post 3199, 2801 W. Hatch Road, Modesto, CA 95354; the Escalon Historical Society, or the American Cancer Society.
The Escalon (Calif.) Times
July 17, 2013