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Gary W. Jackson – September 12, 2017

Gary W. Jackson, 71, of Amarillo, TX passed away on September 12, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel.  Burial will be at Llano East Cemetery with military honors.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Gary was born in Borger, TX on April 5, 1946 to Johnny Aaron Jackson and Virginia Hanna Jackson.  He was raised at Sneed Camp, TX and moved to Liberal, KS in the eighth grade.  Gary graduated from Liberal High School in May of 1964.
On December 22, 1965 he was drafted into the United States Army, and received his basic training in Fort Lewis, WA.  Shortly after his induction, he was sent to Vietnam where he joined C Company, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, where he served as a Sergeant.  Gary was hospitalized for about three months in Japan as a result of being wounded on January 8, 1967 in Vietnam, suffering second and third degree burns on his face and hands when the personnel carrier in which he was riding ran over a land mine.  He was also stationed in Korea with a missile command.  His tour of duty ended on Oct 9, 1967.  As a result of the injuries he received in Vietnam on January 8, 1967, he was awarded the Purple Heart.
After an Honorable Discharge, Gary returned to his job at National Helium in Liberal, KS.  On June 7, 1975 Gary married Linda Cay Hill in Liberal, KS.  During their time in Liberal, Gary worked as a ticket counter agent for Frontier Airlines, which lead to relocations to Shreveport, LA, Omaha, NE, and Midland, TX.  He then worked for United Express Airlines in Midland, TX and transferred to Amarillo, TX.  Gary worked for the United States Department of Interior in Amarillo until retirement, as well as retiring from the State of Texas for his work at the Texas Department of Corrections.
Gary is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda; two sons Chad Alan Jackson and wife Cassie of Gilbert, AZ, and Tye Derek Jackson and wife Courtney of Amarillo; one brother Stacey Jackson of Springfield, MO; a nephew Shane Jackson of Weatherford, OK; 5 grandchildren Zane Jackson and Britney White, Shelby Jackson, and Presley Jackson, all of Gilbert, AZ, Gavin Jackson and Cora Jackson of Amarillo, and one great grandchild  Mason White of Gilbert, AZ.
Family suggests donations to the Texas Panhandle War Memorial, 4101 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, TX  79110.


  • Will Andrews Posted September 14, 2017 9:33 am

    Our deepest sympathy to your family during this difficult time! You all will be in our continued thoughts and prayers!

  • Jim Tully Posted September 14, 2017 9:37 am

    Sorry for your loss. The Tully’s will be keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Sara Gardiner Posted September 14, 2017 9:41 am

    Dear Chad and Family,
    Tony and I extend our deepest sympathies and many prayers to all of you during this time. Your dad sounds like he was an amazing person.
    Sara Gardiner

  • Scott Seibel Posted September 14, 2017 6:34 pm

    Dear Shane and family,
    Sorry for your loss. I’m thinking of you guys. Prayers and love. Scott Seibel

  • Sgt Stan Shelton Posted September 15, 2017 5:59 am

    I went to high school with Gary. We were good friends. Also went to basic training and to Vietnam with him . We were in the same unit. Sorry to hear of his passing. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Hunter Daniels Posted September 15, 2017 6:37 am

    So very sorry to hear of your families loss. Loosing a Dad is the hardest thing I have been through. One thing I immediately admired about you when I first met you in Oklahoma was your strength, leadership and passion for everything you put your heart into. Great traits for this most difficult time. The Daniels and your Batesville family will keep your family in our constant prayers.

  • Jon MacLeod Posted September 15, 2017 10:00 am

    Chad & Family:
    I am very sorry for your loss – I will be thinking of you and your family during this most difficult time – my deepest sympathies.

  • Christy Holt Lyons Posted September 16, 2017 6:39 am

    I’m so sad for your loss. Gary was a very good friend for so many years. My deepest sympathy to Linda, Chad and Ty.

  • Christy Holt Lyons Posted September 16, 2017 6:59 am

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers to Linda, Chad and Ty. Gary was a good man.Bob and I shared so many good years as good friends. All through the years I thought of you all often. God be with you all and bring you peace.

  • Harry Antram Posted September 16, 2017 1:07 pm

    Chad, Cassie and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. May his soul and those of the faithfully departed rest in peace

  • Vickie & Gary Amos Posted September 16, 2017 8:20 pm

    Vickie and I are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We will always remember all of the good and fun times that we had together in high school. May God bless, our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time!

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