Juneau resident Eric William Jackson died March 2, 2010, in Eugene, Ore., where he was receiving treatment for leukemia. He was 62.
He was born in 1947 in Hart Mich. He graduated from Hart High School in 1965 and Kalamazoo College (phi beta kappa) in 1969. After graduating college he, and a group of friends drove to Alaska seeking jobs on the pipeline, only to find there were no jobs. They ended up in Juneau. While his friends left for other pursuits, he discovered he loved Alaska and settled here.
He loved to tinker and build things big and small. His loves were his family, teaching what he knew and Eckankar. He was noted for his sense of humor, which could range from the really silly to truly wry. When he opened his own plumbing and heating business in response to a comment he would be crazy to do so, he named it Plumb Crazy and then built the logo out of plumbing pipe.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, William Jackson and Donna Jackson (Graff).
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Becky Bear, of Juneau; children, Rhonda Jackson-Bear, David Forrest Bear Jackson and wife, Marta Cuboni, and Michael Sun Bear Jackson, of Eugene; sister, Lynne King Delmar and husband, James, of New York; grandson, Q'on Bear-Clarke, of Juneau; and cousins, Gary Graff, of Vienna, Va., and Brian Graff and wife, Susan, of Williamston, Mich.
Services were held March 6 at the Eugene Eckankar Center. His ashes were scattered in a favorite spot on the McKenzie River in Oregon.
The family can be reached at 1290 W. Fifth Ave, Eugene, OR 97402.
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