Stacy L. Jackson, 55
Stacy L. Jackson, 55, of Pingree, ID returned home to the loving arms of his Savior on Friday, July 11, 2014. He was born on May 11, 1959 in Hood River, Oregon to Leslie LaMar and Julett Fackrell Jackson.
He attended first grade in Ririe, Idaho and finished elementary school in Pingree and Rockford. His teenage years were spent hauling hay, moving pipe and milking cows. He graduated from Snake River High School in 1977. He was active in leadership, jazz band and he served as Student Body President his Senior year. He attended Idaho State University and Ricks College where he played the keyboard in the Ricks College Jazz Band with Wilson Brown.
It was in 7th grade that he met his sweetheart, Julie Gail McNair. Stacy fell in love with her when they were 14 years old, and he has loved her every day since. He was a devoted husband, and his children never heard him use a cross word or raise his voice with his wife. He loved surprising her with little notes, acts of love and weekend getaways to Salt Lake City.
Stacy was a loving father and grandfather. He loved spending time with his wife and children, and he especially loved playing with his grandchildren. His favorite moments were usually spent around the kitchen table, sharing a home cooked meal with his family. He was a hard worker who did everything in his power to provide a comfortable life for them and was meticulously honest in every way.
Stacy has been an entrepreneur from the time he was seven years old. He sold garden seeds, bread and Christmas cards as a young boy. He is known for saying, “Think big, and if that don’t work, think bigger,” and in 1999 he fulfilled his dream of starting his own business as a potato broker out of his home. His business later became known as Sunrise Potatoes, LLC.
Music played an important role in his life, and he filled his home with the joy of music. He played the trumpet, sang in the church choir and was an accomplished pianist. Everyone loved to hear Stacy play the piano, and he had a beautiful style that was all his own. He provided music for the Idaho Falls Shilo Inn, the Idaho Falls Symphony and the Elk Horn Lodge in Sun Valley. He blessed countless lives through his music by providing hundreds of musical selections for funerals, weddings and nursing homes in the community.
Stacy was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a full time mission as a young man in the California, Sacramento Mission from 1978-1980 and was an Eagle Scout. He served in various church capacities throughout his life including high councilman and bishop. Stacy loved to serve his fellowmen every day. Everyone thought that Stacy was their best friend; people knew that he loved them because he did. He was known for his careful choice of words, quick wit and sense of humor.
Stacy is survived by his wife of 34 years, Julie Jackson; his two sons, Kyle (Sarah) Jackson, and Nathan (Emelene) Jackson; his daughter, Sharee (Jared) Wolfley; and five grandchildren, AnnMarie, Carlie, Gabriel, Miriam Lily and Jude. Also, surviving are his parents, Leslie Lamar and Julett Fackrell Jackson; his siblings, Jerry (Sheila) Jackson, Eric (Kelli) Jackson, Darin (Mona) Jackson, Julie (Bruce) Martin, Shane (Nicole) Jackson and Christine (David) Leach. Stacy is preceded in death by his grandparents, Leslie and Geneva Jackson, Heber and Bessie Fackrell.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Blackfoot West Stake Center on the corner of Wilson and Pioneer Roads with Bishop Jim Williams of the Pingree 2nd Ward conducting. The family will meet with friends on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. At the Hawker Funeral Home and again on Thursday at the church for an hour prior to services. Interment will be in the Riverside Thomas Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.