Thanks for support during recent passing of Mike Jackson

Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010

"Though Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal" and so we live on, through our actions, hopes, thoughts, laughter and tears to honor the memory of Mike Jackson.

Anissa, Karissa and Kacey Jackson and their extended families would like to express their sincere gratitude for all the support and condolences on the recent passing of their husband, father, son, brother, brother-in-law and friend, Mike. It was very comforting to know that so many of you had us in your thoughts at this most difficult time.

A special and sincere, Thank you to Mike Tripp, who remained calm, composed and gentle during the most difficult hour of our lives. Your thoughtfulness and ability to remain tranquil was truly amazing.

To Matt and Christy Odum and Family who are so dear to our hearts. It is with your courage, daily visits and kind reassurances that we are able to try to pick up the pieces.

To Carla and Dave White, who through you and your actions, we will continue to honor Mike's memory.

We extend a huge heartfelt, Thank you, to everyone who provided the numerous dishes of food, snacks and meals that keep everyone going especially when cooking was the last thing on anyone's mind. With an extra special blessing and thanks going to Valley Baptist Academy and Staff, it was with your gifts of meals and prayers that we were able to survive those first few days.

It was with kindness that we were repaid 10 fold during our time of need with an out pouring of support for Anissa, Karissa, Kacey; with special thanks going to GCI Communications (especially Warren Russell), Lynden Transport/AML, Mike Hatch Jeep, and Capital City Fire Rescue's Glacier Station C-Shift.

A huge hug of thanks to all our extended family, especially Tom and Anilisa Kimlinger, Coach Jeanette Gagnon, Adriana Rodriquez, The Counseling Departments of JDHS, TMHS, FD and DZ schools, and all who were there with assistance when we especially needed a comforting presence.

We wish a sincere thank you for all the numerous and lovely flower arrangements and sympathy cards that we received. No comfort is quite enough to replace the loss of Mike in our lives, however, the flowers expressed your love and support and they also were a reminder of how beautiful and fragile life is.

For everyone that made donations to the K2 fund and during the Hooptime tournament; including the Hooptime Board, parents, coaches and all participants : Thank you for your generous financial gifts. Your thoughtfulness helped us take care of our responsibilities and gave us emotional support knowing that there was one less thing to worry about. We want to add a special thank you to Tlingit Ink Designs of Haines AK for donating shirts that we will hold as treasures from the 2010 Mike Jackson Memorial Hooptime Tournament. From all the tremendous outpouring of generosity and thoughtfulness during this trying time we were reminded that Mike was highly respected and valued throughout this community.

To the numerous friends that packed the Twisted Fish at our Celebration of Mike's Life, the stories you shared about him made us smile and gave us much comfort to know that you are thinking of us as we grieve. A select Thank you going to Leslie Isturis and Kari Quinto for making the Life Celebration so memorable and allowing us to share our memories of Mike in such a significant and meaningful way. To Timberwolf Ventures, Inc. for working so hard to make sure that the Celebration reflected and honored our 'Mike' that was so loved. Thank you to Zane Clark for facing the challenge of starting off the Celebration and did so with his gentle, caring words of support and wisdom. Thank you to Commercial Signs and Printing for doing such a fantastic job on the posters of Mike and his family. Thanks to Dean Anderson for making it happen in getting the OSU Beaver hats for the party. Without the tremendous effort from all of you this event would not have held such meaning for us.

We were all truly fortunate to have Mike in our lives if even far too short. Words cannot describe the gratitude that the Jackson, Booton, Grush, and Johns Families feel from outpouring of support during the darkest time of our lives.

"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." By Thomas Campbell

Mary Johns on behalf of Anissa, Karissa and Kacey Jackson


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