Ronald A. "Ron" Jackson

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JACKSON, Ronald A. "Ron"
(Age 83)

Ron fought a valiant 14 year battle against Parkinson's Disease, which ended Thursday evening, April 28. Born in Oakland California, he lived in Spokane Valley for 55 years.
Ron played professional baseball for several years including the Spokane Indians in 1956. His double-play record still stands. His baseball career was interrupted by the Korean War where he was a decorated combat veteran. Ron coached American Legion baseball for 24 years. He assistant coached at EWU and spent several years coaching the little guys with wife Sally.
He was a scout master for 13 years, played recreation league basketball and softball until age 70, raced horses at Playfair, built and owned the Jackson Hole Tavern, and taught swimming with Sally when he retired from driving/delivering for Wonder Bread. Ron was a life-long democrat who ran for the State Legislator.
Ron is survived by Sally, his loving wife of nearly 56 years; his treasured sons Rick, Mick, Tim, Andy, and Casey; his beloved daughters Debby Hollinsworth and Sally Jo Amundson; and his 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren are his pride and joy. Watching their sports and activities, as well as those of his much loved 55 nieces, nephews, great and great-great, gave him absolute joy.
Ron was "Papa" to so very very many, among them his pinochle group, his little Julie, Kay McGlocklin and her boys, the Bagwell clan, and numerous foster kids. If friends are a sign of wealth, Ron Jackson was the richest man in Spokane.
His memorial will be held at the Spokane Indian's Avista Stadium, Thursday, May 5th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ron's name to the Spokane Valley Girls Softball League.

Published in Spokesman-Review from May 1 to May 2, 2011
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