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Gregory LaVonne Jackson


01/17/1957 - 04/18/2015 Obituary
Gregory LaVonne Jackson Obituary
Gregory, son of Robert Lee Jackson and Dorothy May Steans was born on January 17, 1957 in Harvey, Illinois. He grew up in a large family with four brothers (three older, one younger) and two sisters, both younger. As a young boy he was baptized at Daniel's Chapel AME Zion Church in Phoenix, Illinois and served as an Alter Boy there for several years.
His Father, Robert, loved baseball and got his boys involved in the sport at an early age. Every day of his young life Greg and his brothers played ball in some form or fashion outside as well as inside during the winter months, honing their skills. It was quite evident at an early age he was going to be special at playing that game, holding his own and exceling against much older kids in their daily pickup games or activities.
Greg was always the responsible one, whom his parents trusted to be in charge when they were out of town. He always kept the house spotless, which was no easy task with such a large active family. He was a very intelligent and creative individual, which was evident by the fact he taught himself how to play the piano and created games out of old discarded cardboard to keep his siblings and other neighborhood children entertained indoors during inclement weather days.
He is a graduate of Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Illinois where he is also a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. After high school he attended the University of New Mexico on a baseball scholarship and decided to leave school to sign a professional baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds. He played his Rookie League ball in Salem, North Carolina and A-Ball in Eugene, Oregon, where he met his future wife of 30 years, Donna King. They were married and moved to California after an injury ended his baseball playing career.
He was a hard working, laid back kind of man who was very generous and gave back to his community and a variety of charities. He had a great sense of humor with quick wit and was a lover of music. A man whose first priority was his family, he loved being a husband and father, taking those responsibilities very seriously. He also loved working for Chevron where he has been a valued employee for over twenty-five years.
He is survived by his two children, Brandon and Whitney, four brothers, one sister, and a large extended family.
Greg is preceded in death by his wife Donna, his father Robert, mother Dorothy and sister D'Andrea Jackson.
A service celebrating Gregory's life will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 3700 Union Avenue, on Saturday May 2, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 28, 2015
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