Robert (Bob) Jackson, born Dec. 4, 1940 in San Pedro, California, died in Corvallis, Oregon on September 21, 2019. He was 78 years old.
Bob spent the first 50 plus years of his life in California. He worked as a Teamster, truck driver and autoclave machinist. He spent his last 20 plus years in Oregon where he worked in maintenance at the Aquarium. He loved that job an said he felt like he was getting paid to work out, “just look at these muscles!” he would say.
He was an amazing cook. You were always welcome in his home with a warm and infectious smile, a wonderful hug and usually the delicious aromas of a fantastic meal he was about to serve you. Cooking a great meal was his way of showing love. He loved to eat, drink, smoke, laugh, listen to Willy Nelson, dance and talk deep into the night. A day with Bob was always a good time.
He loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and even spent several fun years splashing around streams pretending to be gold mining. He was a dreamer, yet the most grounded person. His head may have been in the stars but his feet were always firmly planted on the ground. Any conversation with him was genuine and came from the heart. When you were sitting in front of him, you had his full attention and nothing else mattered. He was humble, kind, witty and had a great sense of humor. This man could make you laugh.
He leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Pam Jackson, his daughter’s Rene Jackson, Rhonda (Eric) Hakmiller and their 4 children, his son Erik Jackson, and his step-daughter Tamie Heming and her 4 children, as well a his fiercely devoted friends. He goes on to spend time with his loved ones that past before him. That can give us some comfort. How lucky we all were to have him in our lives. His was a life well spent and he will be dearly missed. His services will be Saturday, November, 2 @ 11:00 am at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, Oregon. Pastor Ed Milliken will be presiding.