Donald William JACKSON
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JACKSON, Donald William Died on August 23, 2013 at the age of 92 in Seattle, WA. Born September 19, 1920 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, he graduated from Cornell College in Iowa. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II where he had roles in building the new highway to Alaska and serving in military counter-intelligence in Baltimore. After receiving a Sloan Fellowship, he earned a M.A. degree in government management from the University of Denver in 1947. He received a J.D. from the Nashville Law School, and led the Tennessee Taxpayers Association, a pro-business lobbying organization from 1959 to 1983. He served as State Commissioner of Revenue and then Commissioner of Finance and Administration under then Governor Lamar Alexander from 1984 to 1987. He and his wife of 32 years, Frances Hunter Jackson were long-time members of the Brentwood Methodist Church. Following her death in 2009, he moved to Seattle, WA to live with his son and daughter-in-law for the remainder of his long and rewarding life. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Gail Jackson; sister, Martha and her husband Jack Morgan; first wife, Sylvia Cline Jackson. He is survived by daughter, Pam Henderson and her husband Rick of Lantana, FL; daughter, Sheryl Jackson of Nashville; son, Craig Jackson and his wife Joyce of Seattle; grandson, Collin of San Francisco; granddaughter, Ashley Jackson and her husband Reed Schuler of Washington, DC. He is also survived by his sister's children, Mary, Nancy, John and Mike. Known as "DJ" to Frances' family he is also survived by her children, Jerry Hunter and his wife Elaine, Connie Briley and her husband Skip of Gallatin TN, as well as by grandchildren Amanda, Adam, Jonathon and Lisa. He will be fondly remembered for his love of dogs, books, bridge and woodworking. A celebration of his life will be held in Seattle on October 27, 2013. Donations to Friends of Radnor Lake at where he loved to walk his favorite dog Kobe.

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Published in The Tennessean on Sep. 1, 2013.
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August 19, 2014
My condolences. Take comfort knowing that God Almighty is 'near to all those calling on him'.
Psalms 145:18
October 15, 2013
I acquired a beautiful table that is signed "Made by Don Jackson 1980 Nashville". Looking for the maker of this fine table, I found this guest book. I did not know Mr. Jackson but see that he was an acomplished, interesting man. I would like to think he was the maker of my table. Mr. Jackson was a fine example of a life well lived.
June Mills
September 5, 2013
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Wendy Gunn
September 2, 2013
I have never met Mr. Jackson, but have heard many wonderful things from him from my sister-in-law, Agnes. I am writing to send my condolences to Sheryl and to express to her how grateful we are for all her kindnesses to our family. May God shower you with His Grace and comfort you in Christ.
Keith & Nancy Weitemeyer
September 2, 2013
I was saddened to learn of Mr Jackson's passing, but was pleased to learn that he was able to spend his last years with his children after the death of his wife Frances. My heart goes out to the children at this time.
Elizabeth Weitemeyer
August 30, 2013
Dear Friends,
I have such lovely memories of a wonderfully kind person who offered me such great childhood experiences at his river home. I will never forget his smile, chuckle, and warmth. I am grateful to have had friends with a father who was such a man of God. Thinking of all of you.
Suzanne Cassel
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