August 3, 1933 — February 29, 2016
James Howard Jackson, was honorably released from his mortal mission surrounded by members of his loving family the evening of Feb. 29, 2016, at the age of 82.
Lovingly known by all for most of his life as Howard. He was born August 3, 1933 in Cedar City, Utah, the youngest child of James Franklin Jackson and Annie Marcella Matheson.
Howard was the father of seven children and many countless others called him Dad. Howard’s bloodline made him the proud grandfather of 37 and great grandfather of 36, there were many others who he was honored to call his own.
Howard is survived by his only living sibling, a sister Marilyn Bowman of St. George, and by all of his seven children, Lily Ann Zerkle (Richard Byron Zerkle deceased) of Cedar City, Utah James Willard Jackson of Elko, Nevada Janae Daley (Aaron J. Daley) of West Jordan, Utah Joanna Kay Covington (Alden L. Covington) of Mona, Utah, Jennifer Asay (David L. Asay) of Cedar City, Utah Jonathan Howard Jackson (Zobeyda Echavarria Chagal)) of Farmers Branch, Texas and Joshua Blaine Corbette Jackson of Taylorsville, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters as well as four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a son-in-law Richard Byron Zerkle.
James Howard was the first Civil Air Patrol foreign exchange cadet from the state of Utah. He then returned to the British Isles and filled an honorable LDS Mission at a time when the missionaries would stand on the street corner to preach as well as doing tracting work. He then traveled back to Europe, serving in the Armed Forces.
Dad wore many career hats throughout his life, he was an incredible teacher with the amazing ability to make the gospel of Jesus Christ come alive. He loved music, history and literature. He was always charitable and kind in his treatment of others and he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
- A viewing will be held March 4, 2016 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, as well as Saturday Morning from 10-11:30 am.
- Funeral begins at Noon on Saturday March 5th, 2016 at Memorial Lakes Hills Mortuary, 10055 South State Street in Sandy, Utah
- Services will also be held at Noon on Monday March 7, 2016 at 2015 N. Wedgewood Ln in Cedar City, Utah.
- Interment will follow at the Zerkle Family Cemetery 1666 N. 4400 W. in Cedar City, Utah.