January 9, 1957 - June 21, 2020
James Randall Jackson, or Randy as he liked to be called, passed away on Father’s Day, June, 21st, 2020, at the age of 63. Randy was born on January 9th, 1957 in Garland, TX to Maxie Lee and Norman Jackson. He was the 5th out of 6 children, and liked to tag along with his older siblings growing up in Mesquite, TX. He treasured the memories of his family vacations with his parents and siblings – Norma, Bob, Ronny, Ritchie, and Lori – in the back of a pick up truck to Idaho Springs, CO. He graduated from Mesquite High School in 1975 where he was THE Sports Star. Randy married Barbara Ostby right after high school, moved to San Antonio, TX, and had 4 children – Kristen, Adam, Travis, and Bailey. He worked hard for his children; coaching sports teams, going on “missions” to the Creepy Forest, teaching them about good music and history, going overboard on the Christmas lights and decorations every year (even placing at times), and creating life long memories during annual beach vacations to Port Aransas, TX. He made everything special and fun. In the summer of 2010 Randy reconnected with his long lost love, Victoria Matta. He then moved back to Dallas, TX where he was welcomed into Victoria’s family and given the name RAJ – Randy Action Jackson. After asking her daughters permission, Randy and Victoria were married in 2013. Randy’s family grew with Victoria’s three daughters – Veronica, Natalie, and Vanessa – and their families. Randy brought all the love a father could give: sharing family vacations, memories, and some of the most wonderful food on earth. After retirement, Randy and Victoria bought an RV and were able to travel the country- a lifelong dream. They traveled all over Texas, The South, The East Coast, but Randy’s favorite place was Colorado, especially Leadville. Did you know that Leadville is the highest incorporated city in North America? This is where Randy passed away, on Father’s day, extremely sad but fitting given that Leadville was his favorite place, and he was the BEST DAD EVER. It is clear to anyone who crossed Randy’s path that he was the warmest, kindest man. Always ready with a joke or one of the world’s greatest hugs. He leaves many sad hearts behind but we all know he is going to be ready to greet us with a feast and a song when we see him again.
Randy was preceded in death by his parents, Maxie and Norman Jackson; sister Norma Wilcher; brother Bob Jackson; nephews Jimmy Wilcher and Tim Wilcher.
Randy is survived by Wife Victoria Jackson; Daughters Kristen Jackson (Stefan Thiele) and Bailey Jackson; Sons Adam Jackson (Kristie) and Travis Jackson; Stepdaughters Veronica Moreno (Daniel Manriquez), Natalie Miranda (Waldo) and Vanessa Hill-Cruz (Ben Cruz); Grandchildren William, Lawrence, Olivia, Henry, Alyssa, Nathan, Stella and Nemo; Brothers Ronny (Cindi) and Ritchie (Jan); Sister Lori Dodson (Danny); Sisters-in-law Frances Jackson, Rosemary Vargas (Ray), Lina Martinez; Brothers-in-law Gilbert Matta, Pedro Matta and Everett Matta (Michelle); Aunt Johnnie Drennan; Mother and Father-in-law Victoria and Everisto Matta; and by numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held
Thursday, July 2 from 11am-1pm
Farmers Branch Historical Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to a National Park of choice.