David Winton Jackson

1931 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
David Winton Jackson Obituary
Jackson, David Winton 01/29/1931 ~ 03/27/2014 POINT LOMA -- Our wonderful husband, father, grandfather, mentor and a friend to so many, Dave Jackson, passed away at home in Point Loma, with his wife Suzi at his side. Dave was born in San Diego in 1931, to Ruth and Milton Jackson. He grew up in Burlingame, graduated from Hoover High and attended both USC and the University of Mexico. After college Dave served in the Army, then went to work in the family business, Jackson & Blanc Heating and Air Conditioning (founded the same year he was born). He eventually purchased the business from his father and owned and operated the business for many years until he sold it to his son Kirk, who continues to own and operate the business today. Dave was very proud that the business grew and prospered, now having its 4th generation Jackson (grandson Nick), working in the business. Dave lived a full and rewarding life, filled with friendships and adventure. In 1954, he and several buddies refurbished two WWII command cars and circumnavigated the Baja peninsula in a time when roads were virtually non-existent. They hunted and fished, living off the land for weeks. It was an incredible trip that Dave, an avid photographer, captured on film. His favorite photo was one he took on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, showing nothing but a lone shark fisherman, his lean-to and miles of sand. Dave's photos are now cherished family momentos. Dave and wife Suzi, enjoyed 40 wonderful years together, along with Charlie, Willy and Cody their beloved poodles. They traveled extensively, gathered unique collectables, skied, played golf and tennis, and made many friends along the way. They had great fun "maritime camping" on Dave's fully restored antique Columbia River pilot boat the Buffalo. For the past 20 years, they summered in Mammoth Lakes, wintered in Borrego Springs and spent the month of June in Healdsburg, savoring delicious wines, another of Dave's passions. He also loved the elaborate picnics that Suzi put together for all their friends in each of these locations. Dave enjoyed fishing and boating, especially with sons Kirk and Mark. He loved trout fishing in Mammoth and Montana, and ocean fishing off San Diego and Mexico. His most prized catch was a 635 lb. blue marlin, caught off Kona, Hawaii. Dave was a Life Member of the San Diego Yacht Club, a long time member of The Executives Association of San Diego, San Diego Rotary, and the Boys & Girls Club of San Diego, a member of the board of St. Paul's Senior Homes and Services, and Chairman of Pioneer Hook and Ladder, Firehouse Museum. He was known by his family, friends and the community organizations he served as a magnanimous and caring individual who gave of his time, talent and treasure, because he simply felt that it was the right thing to do. Dave is survived by his wife, Suzi; sons, Kirk (Jolene), Mark (Jarrett); grandsons, Nick (Lindsay) and Ben Jackson; along with numerous relatives around the country, who he kept in touch with regularly. We will all greatly miss our "Papa Dave". The family wishes to thank the care givers from Scripps Hospice and Coast Care Partners who carried out their duties with love, respect and professionalism. Per his wishes, no public services are planned. Should you wish to make a donation in his memory, please consider, San Diego Rotary Club 33, 2247 San Diego Avenue. Suite 233, San Diego, CA. 92110.
Published in U-T San Diego on Apr. 6, 2014
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