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JAMES R. JACKSON


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JAMES R. JACKSON May 26, 1943 June 20, 2010

Jim Jackson passed away with his family by his side on Father's Day, after a brave battle with cancer.

Jim was born in Sacramento May 26, 1943 to Loren and Catherine Jackson. Jim and his family lived in Roseville where he graduated from Roseville High School in 1961. Jim was an excellent tennis player and went on to captain his team. It was at Roseville High where Jim met the love of his life, Rita Ann Perez.

After high school, Jim attended Sierra College in Rocklin where he once again played tennis, went to school full time and worked full time nights at Aerojet. In August 1963, Jim went into the US Army where he worked in the JAG office at Fort Carson, Colorado. Jim was discharged in August 1965, returning to Roseville where he proposed, shortly thereafter to Rita. Jim and Rita were married on March 5, 1966.

After their wedding, Jim and Rita settled down in Roseville and went on to have two children, Tim and Toni. At this time, Jim worked as a Safeway store manager. In 1979, Jim took another position with Beverage Distributors and moved the family to Chico. Jim retired in 2003, but kept very active afterwards, including working part time at Enterprise Car Rental as a driver. Jim was also involved in several activities including Chico Youth Soccer, spending time with his grandchildren, rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, Giants and his second love, playing softball. During the past 17 years, Jim played and managed senior softball, traveling to different cities and states, playing dozens of tournaments and hundreds of games each year.

Jim is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rita; his son, Tim (Angie) of Gonzales, California and daughter, Toni Jennings (Adam) of Chico. Jim had four grandchildren, Raechel and Emily Jackson and Joe and Megan Jennings. He is also survived by his brother, Frank Jackson (Linda) of Roseville; nephew, Scott Jackson; aunts and many cousins. Jim's presence, compassion and sense of humor will be missed by all.

A viewing will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 24th and Friday, June 25th from 10-11 a.m. at the Brusie Funeral Home, 626 Broadway St., Chico. A Rosary will be held for Jim on Thursday night, June 24th at 7:00 p.m., also at the funeral home. A mass will be performed for Jim on Friday, June 25th at 11 a.m. at St. John's The Baptist Catholic Church, 435 Chestnut Street, Chico, followed by internment at Chico Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Chico Cancer Center, in particular Dr. John Hayward for their care and compassion the last several months and the staff at Enloe Medical Center, with special thanks to the nurses in ICU and DCU.

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a memorial fund in Jim's name that will benefit "The Grumpy Old Men" Senior Softball Golf Tournament. For information, please contact the Brusie Funeral Home at 530-342-5642. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.brusiefh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on June 23, 2010
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