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Jackson Davis

Sep 6, 2017 Paid Obituary

Jackson Davis

August 27, 1937 - August 27, 2017

After a short illness, on August 27th, 2017, H. Jackson Davis, upon the completion of his 80th year, returned to the presence of his God, there to continue his eternal quest for wisdom, for understanding, and the opportunity

to do "the next right thing".

Born August 27, 1937, in Louisville, KY, Jackson was the only child of Hubert and Beulah Davis, and was preceded in death by both of his parents.

He attended school in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and graduated from James Monroe High School in 1955. During his teen years, Jackson was an avid member of the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Eagle, joining the fewer than 6% of all Scouts who attain this honor.

Jackson received both his BS and MS Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Virginia, with a 5 year scholastic average of 95. While at uVA, Jackson was a member of the University Student Council, active in the ROTC program where he achieved the rank of Cadet Colonel, was elected as Commander of the Air Force chapter of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, an honor rarely given to an undergraduate. He was also a member of the Trigon Engineering Society.

Jackson was selected as "Outstanding Engineering Student" while at uVA, and earned the International Aeronautical Society Award.

While attending the University of Virginia, Jackson met and married Judy Gray Wilkins. From this union, Jackson's two children, Susanne and John, were born.

The marriage later ended in divorce.

After his graduation from uVA, Jackson was offered a full Fellowship to work on his PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from both the University of Toronto, and M.I.T. He chose to continue his work at the University of Toronto.

Due to the growing pressures of the Air War in Vietnam, and the need for highly skilled aeronautical engineers, the Air Force assigned Jackson to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where later he was discharged from the Air Force with the rank of Captain.

Jackson was offered a civilian contract to bring his expertise to the Rockwell "Skunkworks" facility in California to assist with the development of the B1 bomber. At the completion of that contract, Jackson chose to leave aeronautical engineering and follow his heart back to the beauty of the mountains and the outdoors by joining the United States Forestry Service, where he served in many different postings throughout the western part of the country. When posted to northwestern Wyoming, Jackson felt as if he had "returned home", and he remained in the Jackson, Dubois, and Riverton area until his death.

In 2007, Jackson met his soulmate and companion, Beverly Horyza, and the two remained together since that chance meeting in the mountains.

While residing in Riverton, Jackson found both purpose and enjoyment driving for the WRTA throughout the scenic countryside he loved so much.

During the last 30 years of his life, Jackson became a stalwart follower of Alcoholics Anonymous, and through his activity helped change the lives of countless people. No service too small, nor challenge too great, Jackson could always be found willing to assist those less fortunate find and keep a lifestyle of renewed productivity and joy. The footprints he left will be followed by generations of those who seek to tread that "road of happy destiny".

Jackson is survived by: life companion Beverly; daughter Susanne Zaremsky; grandsons Timothy and Patrick; son John and his wife Dale; .and granddaughters Lillie and Julie.

The date and time for a Memorial Service and the Scattering of Ashes will be announced in the future.

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