David Jackson, 1946-2019

Published 1:00 am Friday, April 12, 2019

David Barry Jackson of Waukon, Iowa, died Monday, April 1, 2019, surrounded by his family and devoted caregivers at Veterans Memorial Hospital. He formerly resided in Albert Lea. He was 72.

David Jackson

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. May 13 at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston. Martin Funeral Home in Waukon was in charge of  cremation.

Barry was born April 28, 1946, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was the son of David C. and Dollie (Boatman) Jackson of Eufaula, Oklahoma.

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Growing up in Oklahoma, he enjoyed hunting, camping and riding bikes and motorcycles. In 1964 he graduated from Eufaula High School, where he excelled as a musician — playing trumpet with the marching and stage bands. He attended Connors State College at Warner, Oklahoma.

Barry joined the Oklahoma National Guard while still in high school and retired with the rank of captain. He embraced all aspects of military service.

His professional life was spent in retail lumber management and sales. Though not a member of any religious group, he was a very spiritual person and loved spending time outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie, of Waukon; son, David Heath, and daughter-in-law, Denise Jackson, of Rockwall, Texas; grandchildren Ashley and Aiden Jackson of Rockwall; sister, Debbie Jackson, of Tulsa; brother, Dane Mark Jackson, of Tulsa; and stepsisters Carmita Hedges of Eufaula and Diane Mahaffey of Hugo, Oklahoma. Other survivors include stepson, Rick Johnson, and his wife, Sarah, of Carthage, Missouri; stepdaughter, Shawna Miller, and husband, Joel, of Waukon; grandchildren Addison, Austin, Kaimi and Blake Johnson, Shawn Riley and Morgan, and Emily and Cassandra Miller; several great-grandchildren; and former daughter-in-law, Janese Johnson.

The family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.