Mission Family Mortuary
531 California Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93304


1934 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Bill J. Jackson was born October 12,1934 to Jack and Estelle(Bull) Jackson in Arkansas. He passed from this world to his maker at his home in Bakersfield on September 27, 2016 from complications of Parkinson's Disease.
His family moved to Bakersfield in 1938, escaping the Dust Bowl as many did. He lived all over the state of California during his childhood. In 1947, he moved to Bakersfield as his permanent residence. He graduated with honors from East Bakersfield High School in 1952. Shortly thereafter, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Matzek. They were married for 64 years. They had three children, William, Brenda (Mark French), and Robert (Kathleen), who called him Pop There followed six grandchildren, William II (Liz), Kami (John) Dunn, Jill (Heath) Kelsey, Kevin (Teresa), Collin, and Sarah French. This was followed by eleven great-grandchildren, who knew him as Pops, and one great-great-granddaughter. He is also survived by his older brother Wallace (Deletta), of Hanford, California, his younger brother Bob (Wanda) of Bakersfield, and his younger sister, Helen (Don) Schooley of Oklahoma, and many nieces and nephews. His older sister Ruby (Jack) Stecker of Wilmington, California, predeceased him.
After graduating from East Bakersfield High School, Bill worked for Standard Oil Company. In 1962, he began working at Kern County in the Auditor-Controller's and Administrative Offices. In 1968, he was appointed Auditor-Controller to fill the balance of his predecessor's unexpired term. In 1970, he was elected Auditor-Controller, and was re-elected every four years until his retirement in 1993. He received many awards during his tenure for his service and integrity.
Bill had a long history of service to his community. He was an active member of Bakersfield South Rotary for many years, serving as President in 1976. He was active in the County Auditors Association of California, serving as President in 1977-1978. He was also active in the American Society for Public Administration, serving as President in 1973, and receiving the John Doubenmier Award for outstanding contributions to Public Administration in 1972. He joined the Bakersfield Masonic Lodge in 1969.
After retirement, Bill devoted himself to his family, frequently babysitting his great-grandchildren. He attended California State University, Bakersfield, usually the oldest student in his classes. He was an avid bridge player and reader. As a long-time member of the Stockdale Country Club, he was also an avid golfer.
The family wishes to extend thanks to Kaiser-Permanente and Hoffman Hospice - especially Mona and Maria - for their many acts of kindness and helpfulness in his final days.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the National Parkinson Foundation or the .
Viewing will be held at Mission Family Mortuary, 531 California Avenue, from 4:00 to 7:00 on October 11, 2016. Memorial service will be he ld at First United Methodist Church, 4600 Stockdale Highway, at 3:00 on October 12th.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 4, 2016
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