Joseph Earl Jackson

Joseph Earl Jackson was born on February 4, 1925 in La Verkin, Utah. He was the 3rd of 5 children born to Partha Ann Gubler and Harry Earl Jackson: Jay, LaZaun, Joe, Earl and Mary. His father passed away when he was 4 years old. His baby sister, Mary, died the following year.

When Joe was six years old, his mother remarried and the family moved to Springdale, Utah where his youngest brother, Hal, was born. Joe lost his dominant left hand at 8 years old due to gangrene caused by a compound fracture.

At fifteen years old he lied about his age, claiming to be seventeen, to get a job with the Civilian Conservation Corps working in Zion National park.

Joe graduated from Hurricane High School in 1943. Immediately following graduation he went to work with his uncle in a mining camp in Gabs, Nevada. During the last years of World War II, Joe worked at Hill Air Force Base as an airplane mechanic.

Joe attended Utah State University for a year before serving a mission for the LDS Church in Sweden. After his mission, he attended and graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in math. He spent the rest of his life teaching science and math.

He met Marjorie Thompson in Reno, Nevada where Mar was working as a speech pathologist. They were married in August of 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple. The first year of their marriage they lived in Sacramento, California where their oldest daughter, Jana, was born. They moved to Monticello, Utah where Joe D., Laurie, Dwight, and Dixon joined the family. Brooke was born when they spent a year in Granger, Utah while Joe taught school in Tooele. In 1967 the family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where Joe and Mar taught school for the next 25 years.

Ten years after retirement, Marjorie passed away in 1997. After many years of deteriorating health, Joe spent his final years in a memory care unit in Santaquin, Utah. He left us on the 2nd of October 2017.


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  1. Sandra Cooper

    You and your family are in my heart and mind. My condolences on the passing of your father.