November 2nd, 1912 - September 5th, 2013
Resident of Los Gatos, CA
Jackson was born November 2, 1912 in Jackson, CA. An only child of loving parents Josephina and Charles Green, the family moved to Sacramento when Jackson was 9 years old. Jackson's love of all things musical took him to San Jose State where he participated in the Spartan Follies, joined Gamma Phi Sigma and graduated with a degree in Music.
Jackson served in the US Navy
from 1943-1948 and made full Lieutenant after serving at Moffet Field, Tucson, San Diego and Guam during WWII
After the War, Jackson moved to New York City and joined CBS in 1949. Television was in its infancy and Jackson designed stage sets for hundreds of weekly variety shows including Ed Sullivan's 'Toast of the Town', which were filmed in a studio above Grand Central Station.
Jackson returned to the West Coast in 1955 to join the I. Magnin department store in Seattle WA. Initially he applied his talent to the design of window displays and later, after moving to San Francisco, was responsible for the interior design of all new stores for the growing company.
Jackson remained active after retirement from I. Magnin in 1980. He worked with John Dickenson on the design of the Sonoma Mission Inn, selling for the Los Gatos Porch and drawing promotional material for local businesses. His passion for opera lead to his participation in the S.J. Opera Guild.
Jackson's final accomplishment was the completion of his life story, 'Jackson G. the Diary of a Life', (Robertson Publishing). The book signing party was held on his 100th birthday. Jackson leaves no immediate family but was surrounded by the many close friends he collected along the way.