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David Charles Jackson, 72, born in Kansas City, MO, April 12, 1941, grew up in Leeds, MO and lived most of his life in the Westport area of Kansas City. Passed away on April 29, 2013, in Belton, MO. Preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Theresa Jackson; brother, Earl Jackson; sister, Kathleen Berck; sister, Alma Cook. David is survived by his daughters, Deborah Tucci; Dawna O'Donohue; and Denise Cummings; their mother and his former wife, Susan Ravenscroft Nawaz; 5 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. David attended Central High School and was a member of Leeds Baptist Church. Occupations included work for the National Forest Service in Klamath Falls, Oregon; Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, KS; Leeds General Motors plant; and Kelly's Port Marina, Lake of the Ozarks. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1973 with a focus on sculpture. He was commissioned to create works of art for many Kansas City area businesses in the 1970s, including a lighted Christmas display on the Old American Insurance Co. building on the Plaza. In 1976, he created a sculpture for Sumner, MO, that is known as the World's Largest Goose. David was also a prolific writer. His artwork and writing is being archived at www.davidcjackson.com . David was a free spirit who loved nature and adventure. He was affectionately known as 'The Sheriff of Westport' and loved to socialize with friends, always ready to lend an understanding ear. He carved walking sticks to give to those in need and touched many lives in a very special way. A memorial service will be held at 6:00pm, May 9, 2013, at South Haven Baptist Church, 16800 Bel- Ray Blvd., Belton, MO, 64012. Condolences and contributions to assist the family with final expenses may be sent in care of his daughter, Deborah Tucci, to PO Box 68, Belton, MO, 64012.
Published in Kansas City Star on May 5, 2013
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