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John Walton Jackson

October 9, 1948 — October 6, 2015

John Walton Jackson

The truest gentleman John Walton Jackson born October 9, 1948 in Powell, Wyoming to George C. and Dorothy H. Jackson
John quietly slipped away Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the University Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.

A viewing was held Monday, October 12, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, for those whose lives were touched by John.

The funeral services will be Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 2 p.m. at 11th Ward Salt Lake City Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 951 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah. A brief viewing will be held from 1 p.m. till 1:45 p.m., just prior to the service.

John will be interred next to his parents, George C. and Dorothy H. Jackson at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell, Wyoming, on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

John graduated from Powell High and then attended Northwest Community College, also in Powell. In 1966 at the age of 18, John suffered a massive stroke during a two-mile race in an intramural high school track meet. He could no longer live independently. BUT! When a door closes, God opens a window! John moved to Salt Lake City and stayed with his sister and her family ... and what a blessing that was! With the support and love of a very large family, John was able to eventually regain his independence.

Over the years, John held several jobs, and as his path unfolded before him, he was guided to the Salt Lake VA Hospital where he volunteered delivering the mail and swiftly became a beloved favorite. He was recognized by the VA Hospital for his many thousands of hours of volunteer service. He also drew the attention of Karl Malone who gifted him with an Olympic jersey signed “from one mailman to another.”

As time passed, John had several mini-strokes and began developing a seizure disorder; he was forced to give up volunteer service. BUT!!! As he told his sister “This is not what I want, sis, and it’s not what you want, but it’s LIFE!! So let’s get on with it!” Then he punctuated his statement by promptly rolling his wheelchair away, and in minutes he’d made new friends!!!

One of many nieces said it all “John’s life sparkled.” John was kind, loving, and unconditionally accepting. Being in John’s presence was a precious moment to be cherished forever because in that moment, you are in a safe place where it’s perfectly okay to be who you are meant to be. The magic is that he will always love us back, no matter where he is!

John is survived by his sister LaDonna Zall, Ralston, Wyoming, sister Connie (Wayne) Stewart, Holladay, Utah, six nieces (Lynn, Deb, Laurel, Donna, Kelly and Teri), two nephews (Garry and Denis), 17 great-nieces and nephews, 10 great-great-nieces and nephews, and friends beyond measure.

John you have finished the race, you’re a winner!!!
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