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Albert Jackson

Albert Jackson

Jan. 22, 1931-Sept. 28, 2013

Albert Franklin Jackson, 82, was born January 22, 1931 in Columbus, Ohio, and died September 28, 2013 in Detroit Lakes.

The bare facts hardly do justice to the life of this extraordinary man, but it would take an entire newspaper just to begin to tell his story.

Parents: Walter Ira Jackson and Margaret Alberta Cain Jackson.

Two siblings: His brother, Walter Ira Jackson Jr. (deceased), and his sister, Lois Garren Jackson Gabrych.

First wife: Lena Susan Coward Jackson, to whom he was married until her passing.

Three daughters: Kay Susan Jackson Larch, Kelly Margaret Jackson Moore, and Amy Francis Jackson Murray. Nine grandsons and several great grandchildren.

A United States Air Force veteran, 1951-1953.

Graduated from Ohio State University in 1957 with an education major.

Worked as a public school teacher, public school administrator and college professor from 1957 until his retirement in 1998.

Co-founder of Westminster Community Theater, Orange County, Calif.; member of Lions Club International for years; president of the Westminster Club; College Outstanding Service Award at Cal State Long Beach.

He married Charlotte Louise Littler Hanson in 1992. His stepchildren were David John Hanson, Dwight John Hanson, and Vonda Lee Hanson Jacobson; along with four step-grandchildren.

Albert grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He served his country with honor in the United States Air Force, stationed in Germany. He graduated from Ohio State University, then moved to southern California and started his career as a public school teacher. He later became a public school administrator, and then for thirty years a college professor, first at California State University-Long Beach, and then at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif.

He loved music and enjoyed playing the piano from the time of his first lesson at age five until his recent death. He also loved photography and taught it in college. His photographs were shown in nationally distributed magazines, and in a series of children's books he co-authored with his longtime friend, Dr. Gene Tardy.

He loved to travel and led groups of photographers on tours across Europe, China, and the huge wild animal parks of East Africa. He circled the globe, photographing in approximately 50 foreign countries, collecting many unique hats and stories along the way.

"Bucky" loved getting involved in good joke-telling sessions. In his later years, he also enjoyed woodworking and writing stories about the history of Arizona for the amusement of fellow retirees. And he never stopped pursuing intellectual challenges, investigating new interests and constantly seeking to master difficult mathematics related to astronomy, the cosmos, and the theory of relativity.

Early on, he developed a list of 100 special items he would like to accomplish during his lifetime. Some were easy, others quite difficult. He managed to check off 73 of them.

Albert leaves behind many loved ones and friends, who are nothing short of blessed to have known him. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, online at or by mail, 4899 Belfort Road Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Memorial services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the family's rural Lake Park home.

Arrangements were entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guestbook section at