William "Bill" Jackson
William F. Jackson, 90, of Canon City, passed away May 12, 2018, at the family home surrounded by a large and loving family. William “Bill” was born May 27, 1927, in Los Angeles, California to James and Lillie Jackson and grew up in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. - part of a large farming family.
Acquiring a pilot’s license while still in high school, Bill hoped to join the Army Air Corps but was prevented by color blindness. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 – 1948 working with one of the earliest missile development programs.
After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder he met and married Shirley Rock from Chicago, Illinois then moved to Canon City in 1952. He went to work for Southern Colorado Power Company becoming the local customer service manager and retiring in 1993. Bill was able to return full time to his first love – growing things.
Bill’s wife Shirley passed away in 1975 after a long illness. He married Janet Mattice in 1980 and together they ran Jackson’s Tree Nursery for many years. He became a Master Gardner specializing in the cultivation of many varieties of Roses and was very active in local water management through the Board of the Hydraulic Ditch Company. An avid fisherman, he always loved spending a day at the lake – any lake.
Bill was a true believer in civic engagement and served on the City Council for over a decade including two terms as mayor of Canon City. He served on the Boards for the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments, and the Developmental Training Services Inc. Bill was a long-standing, active member of the Lion’s Club International and was awarded their highest honor when he was presented the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for outstanding humanitarian service. He was also an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, The Rotary Club, and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. Bill was a devout Catholic and remained active in St Michael’s Parish until his death.
Bill is survived by his wife, Janet; sister, Audrey Brown of South Lake Tahoe, California; his daughters, Jean and Dianna (Kelly) of Phoenix Arizona, Tammy (Bryant) Payne and Debra (Joe) Minasi of Canon City; his sons, John Jackson of Canon City, Jim (Birgitta) Jackson of Colorado Springs, Bryan (Joan) Howard of Olympia, Washington and Paul Howard of Portland, Oregon; 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Colleen Stroh; two brothers, John and Mark Jackson; and his son, Thomas.
Vigil service with Recitation of the Rosary, Thursday 7 p.m., Mass of Christian Burial, 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, St. Michael Catholic Church, Reverend Jesse Perez, 1016 Mystic Ave, Cañon City, CO 81212 with interment to follow at Mountain Vale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Noon Lion’s Club Eyeglass Assistance Program.