Juneau resident George Richard Jackson, 64, died Oct. 15, 2006, in his home following a battle with cancer.
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He was born Feb. 22. 1942, in Ferndale, Ariz., to Marie Smouse and Clarence Jackson. He attended public schools in New Mexico and received his GED in California.
He worked as a surveyor in California before moving to Alaska and worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for two years. Then he began a 23-year career with the state of Alaska's Department of Transportation. He received certificates of commendation for outstanding performance in 1988 and 2003. He retired as a permits officer in December 2005. He married Micki in June 1999.
According to his family, he had a long love affair with Alaska. They said he often spoke of how he had never seen a more beautiful place.
"He loved to hike, fish and camp whenever he could," they said. "He was also a history buff, an amateur astronomer, a big tease, an art collector and a lathe woodworker."
He was preceded in death by his father and sister.
He is survived by his wife, Mary "Micki" Strohmeyer Jackson of Juneau; mother, Marie Jackson, of Farmington, N.M.; brother, Perry Jackson and his wife, Sue, of Goodyear, Ariz.; sisters, Carol Wolf, Mary Wethington and her husband, Jack, and Nancy Crawford and her husband, Mark, of New Mexico; son David Jackson of Texas; daughter Diana Plunk and her husband, Tom, of Texas; mother-in-law Mary Strohmeyer of Bellingham, Wash.; sister-in-law Sue Jorgensen and her husband, Dan, of Juneau; stepdaughters, Lisa Hall and her husband, Brad, Dina Guest and her husband, Dave, Megan March and her husband, Bryan of Washington, C.J. Perusich and her husband, Steve of Florida, and Heather Fair and her husband, Lowell, of Wasilla; stepson Richard "Dickens" Jackson of Juneau; three grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and longtime friends.
A celebration of life will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Island Pub in Douglas.
The family suggests donations be made in George's name to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau or cancer research.