Jackson, Major John M. Sr., USMC (ret)
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John McCoy Jackson, Sr. passed away on Monday, February 4, 2013. He was the seventh child of this farm family of 13. John was born Aug. 1, 1921 in his Uncle John's house in Sabetha, Kansas. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps at the outset of World War II and fought at Bougainville and the Solomon Islands during this time. He met his wife Mary Ann on leave - "love at first sight", and was married when she turned 18. While serving in Korea he received a Purple Heart and Silver Star Medal in late 1950 seeing action in the Chosin Reservoir Area of North Korea. After over 21 years of service he retired from the military as a USMC Major, and moved the family to Arizona beginning employment with Arizona State Employment Service he was a Veterans Employment Representative. He retired from state service and went on to serve as Regional Director for the Veterans Employment, U.S. Department of Labor. While John and Mary Ann settled down with the six kids in Tempe, they enjoyed serving the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which led to his service as State Commander of the VFW and furthermore serving as Chairman of the VFW National Awards and Citations Committee. John has two remaining siblings, Becky Connor of Pittsburg and Frank Jackson of San Diego. Surviving him are his six children, Nancy Heeren, John Jackson Jr. (Lisa), Bill Jackson (Karen), Garry Jackson (Debbie), Jeanne Rademacher (Joel) and Amy Bennett (Jim) who all graduated from Arizona State University. He has thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Preceding him to their heavenly home are his parents, loving wife, Mary Ann, 10 siblings, and one granddaughter, Cynthia. In lieu of gifts, donations may be sent to Disabled American Veterans. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, February 10, 2013 with a viewing at 12:30 p.m., at Tempe Mortuary, 405 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ. A reception will follow at American Legion Post 2 in Tempe, 2125 S. Industrial Park Road (south of Broadway between Priest and Hardy). Burial with full military honors will be at 9:00 a.m., Monday February 11, 2013 at the National Memorial Cemetery of AZ in Phoenix which he helped to establish.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 7, 2013