Robert A. Jackson
February 14, 1944 - August 19, 2021
Auburn, Washington - Bob Jackson was in all ways a fine man. He was smart and handsome with good native intelligence honed by his lifelong love of reading. He was a self- taught computer whiz, auto and boat mechanic, builder, gardener, hunter, fisherman and jack of all trades who lived a skilled and productive work life. Heroes are not always dragon slayers but those who live through life's difficulties and remain honorable, cheerful and kind. He was also humble, considerate, generous and loving. Those of us lucky enough to have been in his life will miss him forever.
Born to Robert E. and Magdalena Jackson in Seattle on 2/14/1944, Bob left us on 8/19/2021. He was the love of his wife, Virginia Dailey Jackson's life. His loss is deeply felt by children Darwin Jackson, Kimmi Granlund and Bobbi Jackson. He also leaves behind siblings Kathy Schwarz, Marie Sudderth and Rodney Jackson; grandchildren Cody, Ana Grace and Cesar Jackson, Alexa and Ricci Contreras and best friend David Brown.
He lived in or near Federal Way for his entire 77 years, attending FW schools from first grade on. He and Virginia noticed each other there when they were 7, went to a dance together at 13, transited through life on very different paths until revisiting that old attraction at the FWHS '62 20 year reunion. They've been together ever since - until Parkinson's disease struck Bob down.
A loyal union man, he worked at Boeing for over 37 years surviving all layoffs because of the quality of his work and the quality of the man. During his working years he skied, raced dirt bikes, toured the west on his motorcycle, went far off road in his Jeep, cooked gourmet meals and took wonderful care of his elderly mother. He was a very involved single father to his two daughters, hosting their friends, chaperoning field and ski trips and attending their sporting and school events at Tukwila schools. Retiring at 55, he proved to be good at retirement, too. His boat, Pacifier, a 32' Bayliner was his pride and joy. If he wasn't at the marina washing and polishing it, he and Ginny were out cruising Puget Sound - often with the Boeing Boat Club. In his later years he still loved to cook; loved good food, gin martinis and his wife and children, not necessarily in that order.
We'll celebrate his life in many ways large and small until spring when maybe we can safely get together. Puget Sound WildCare, Planned Parenthood and Treehouse for Foster Care were his charities of choice.
Published by News Tribune (Tacoma) on Sep. 19, 2021.