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1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
The Lord opened His arms and welcomed our dear husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grand- father, uncle, friend through His heavenly gates on May 23, 2017.
Jackie was born to Emerson Boy Underwood and Artie "Dutch" Vickers on May 10, 1933 in Jayton, Texas. He was born into a large family (four brothers and three sisters) and continued the Underwood tradition with twelve kids plus their spouses! Jackie and his former wife, Irene Benton, has one son, Danny Underwood and eight daughters: Elizabeth Kretz (Chris), Jackie Renee Koetsier (Tom), Michelle Guerrie (Alan), Alane Underwood, Audra Patterson (Andy), Lisa Underwood, Lana Garside (Greg) and Alisha Fogerty (Mike). Jackie and his wife of 39 years, Margaret Burian, has three children: daughter, Lee Jones, (Lynn) and two sons, Bobby Cantu (Renee) and Greg Underwood. He has 34 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, his daughter, Lisa, his son, Danny, his brothers, Glendale, CM, Burl, Junior and his sisters, Rosa Nell and Pat. His sister, Sue, survived him. His many nieces and nephews loved their beloved Uncle Jackie because he treated all of his family like his own. Jackie had a happy retirement life in San Jacinto and Hemet with lots of time for family and grandchildren. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of his life.
Jackie graduated high school when he was 16. Not many folks knew that Jackie was a tennis champion of Texas in his teen years, which he won with borrowed tennis rackets. Jackie learned to pick cotton, husbandry, and just about everything needed to run a ranch in Clairemont, Texas. He could make or fix just about anything. He especially enjoyed barrel racing and roping steers with his brothers. He was actually pretty amazing and whip-smart.
Jackie served in the military (U.S. Army) and National Guard before moving to Eagle Mountain, California where he learned to drive some of the largest trucks in the world. Jackie was the sort of fellow that got along with everyone, and with his diplomacy skills and hard work, he soon became a union representative. He was much respected by workers and administration alike. His adage was, "work harder than everyone, that way no one will have a negative word about you." After Kaiser Steel closed down the mine, he continued as a union representative for Operating Engineers Local #12. Jackie believed that men and woman deserved dignity and fair wages and worked diligently to champion workers' rights.
Jackie had a wonderful sense of humor and is widely known as a legendary prankster and rascal. He was an avid reader and usually read a book a week. He especially enjoyed Louis L'Amour westerns. His favorite foods were beans and cornbread, and his special treat was peanut brittle. Not much of a cake man, coconut cream pie was always his requested birthday and Thanksgiving celebration food. He liked to watch all sports and was a lifelong fan of the Dodgers and the Cowboys. Jackie taught hundreds of kids to ride and care for horses throughout his lifetime. He loved to hunt, fish, and golf. He took special pride in teaching and playing golf with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was very active in the Grandfathers for Golf program based in San Jacinto. Some of his favorite getaways were fishing trips to Northern California and to his wife Marge's family home in the Yukon. He was always concerned for fairness in the world, Jackie was very active in politics and participated in many forms of government endeavors.
His love for his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was something that can never be replaced and will never be forgotten. Jackie leaves behind a legacy that will live on forever, he was a man to be admired. Jackie will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Services: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 @ 10:45am, Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518.
Published in Press-Enterprise on June 1, 2017
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