Thomas Frederick Jackson|
February 16, 1938 ~ June 20, 2013
In Loving Memory
Beloved husband, father, grand-father, true gentleman and friend, Tom Jackson passed away peacefully at home on June 20th after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 75. Tom was born in Seattle to Frederick Jackson and Laura Mae Jackson Hall, both of whom were prominent golfers in the Seattle area. They taught Tom at an early age to love the game of golf, a passion he pursued throughout his life.
Henry Broderick was young Tom's Godfather and mentor, and greatly influenced Tom to become a successful, honest, and hardworking businessman. Tom attended Broadview Elementary, Jane Adams, and Lincoln High School, and graduated in 1956. During his senior year, his basketball team won the State Tournament. Tom received a basketball scholarship to Washington State University, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Shortly after college, the Naval Reserve Unit called Tom to duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. For two years, he served aboard the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier and received an Honorable Discharge in 1966.
Tom was in the insurance business for 50 years, with plans to retire at the end of 2013. In 1992, he acquired full ownership of Hall-Conway-Jackson Insurance Brokers, Inc. and continued the renowned first class service with total dedication to his clients. Tom's professional and personal best was always showcased by the suit and tie that he wore every day to the office. In 2010, Tom sold his business to HUB International NW, where he continued to work.
Among Tom's activities and interests were memberships to the Seattle Golf Club, (former) member of Inglewood Country Club, Washington Athletic Club, Seattle Yacht Club, past president of King County Cougar Club, and past president of the Northwest Forum. Tom also loved the salt water and had fond memories of early summers on Camano Island. His favorite getaway was the summer beach house at Sandy Pt. in Ferndale. Some of his happiest moments were spent boating, crabbing, and fishing with family and friends.
Tom is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Cindy Dondero (Steve), granddaughters Tessa and Josie, son Bradley, and a loving extended family. A private family burial was held on Saturday, June 29th. A Celebration of Tom's Life will be held at a date yet to be announced.
Remembrances may be made to Special Olympics Washington, 1809 7th Ave, Suite 1509, Seattle, WA 98101, or Kaplan Cancer Research Fund, 747 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122.
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Published in The Seattle Times from July 11 to July 14, 2013