Edward Leroi Jackson
1970 - 2020
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Edward Leroi Jackson

April 17, 1970 - December 31, 2019

Edward Leroi Jackson ("EJ") passed away on December 31, 2019 at his home in Hillsborough, California.
EJ was born on April 17, 1970 and lived in the Netherlands until he was nine years old and in New Mexico where he spent his teens and attended the Albuquerque Academy. EJ loved the outdoors, was an avid skateboarder and devoted runner throughout his life, having completed many half-marathons and marathons. He attended the University of Kansas, where he became an ardent Jayhawks Basketball fan, never missing a game. Always a trailblazer, EJ moved to Northern California and worked briefly in the cattle industry. At the beginning of the internet boom, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams and ambitions. He launched several start-ups, sold two companies, served in Senior Executive roles for international companies such as SAP and First Data, chartered bold initiatives that centered on and around new technologies, traveled the world personally and professionally, mentored colleagues and delighted in their success. An egalitarian to the core, EJ was a true partner at home, fought for fairness in the workplace, and made sure everyone he encountered knew they mattered. He will always be remembered as a visionary and compassionate leader.
EJ was deeply devoted to his family and friends and his infectious smile and sparkle in his eyes will forever be remembered.
EJ is survived by his wife of 21 years, Dina Jackson and their 3 children, Phineas, Olin and Piper, his parents, Diane and Don Jackson, his birth mother, Ellen, his brother, Coyt Jackson, his mother–in-law, Lore Harp McGovern, his father-in-law, Robert Harp, his siblings-in-law, Michelle, Erik, Pat, Raquel, Elizabeth and Scott, and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation is scheduled for Friday, January 10, 2020 from 5-7pm at Crosby-N. Gray & Co. Funeral Home at 2 Park St., Burlingame, CA. The memorial service will be held at The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew located at 1 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to SafeSpace Center Menlo Park (https://safespace.org) or Savory Institute (https://savory.global) in honor of EJ.




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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 9 to Jan. 10, 2020.
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January 21, 2020
EJ was one of a kind and the world does not seem the same without him. I loved our time together as college roommates and working at Baxter, PeopleSoft and SkillsVillage. You were a dear friend and one of the people who really knew me.
Brad Dean
Friend
January 11, 2020
EJ was such an amazing person. I'm so thankful we had a chance to get to know each other. I'll cherish the memories forever bro, until we meet again
Kris Meskony
January 11, 2020
EJ was a special person which an infectious charisma. He will be missed. I will always be thankful we crossed paths and am sadden by his passing.
Juan Serrato
Coworker
January 11, 2020
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January 11, 2020
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Juan Serrato
January 10, 2020
I had the privilege of working with EJ for several years and we developed a friendship that I will always treasure. My thoughts and prayers are with Dina and the family.
January 9, 2020
I remember EJ and his infectious smile at little league baseball games at Trinta and then at the Belmont Sports Complex. I always enjoyed talking to EJ as we were both in the tech industry. Our sons Drake and Phin played on the same team so we were always supportive of that.
Sandra Kenneally
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