Carl Don Jackson
1936 ~ 2020 (age 83)
Our father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, Carl Don Jackson passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side, in Vernal Utah on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at the age of 83. He was born on November 20, 1936, in Murray Utah, to Bessie (Phillips) & Henry (Hinnie) Jackson. He was the 2nd child of 3 (Myron, Carl & Betty). He was raised in Murray & Midvale Utah, where he graduated from Granite High School in 1955.
While in High School he worked at the Dew Drop Inn, which was owned by the founder of KFC. He was working there when the first bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken was made. To this day Carl still uses this recipe on his chicken and many other things.
After graduation Carl enlisted in the United States Air Force spending a year in Tule, Greenland and the rest of his time at Mountain Home Idaho as a Jet Mechanic. During this time, he was honored as “Airman of the Year”. After 4 years of service, he was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1960.
While stationed at Mountain Home Idaho with the Air Force Carl met his future wife, Carole Maccarillo in Hailey Idaho. Carl was in Hailey to do some fishing and ended up with the catch of his life! They dated until she graduated and were married on July 22, 1961 in the St. Charles Catholic Church in Hailey Idaho.
They moved to Salt Lake City Utah and eventually to Hunter Utah (now known as West Valley). Carl went to work for IMCO and became a machinist. He then took those skills to Kennecott Copper Corporation’s power house. While working at Kennecott, Carl was honored as “Craftsman of the Year” by the Governor of Utah.
Carole & Carl had two sons, Henry Joseph and Michael Lee while living in West Valley for 20 years. When his oldest son (Henry) was 19, he died in a rock-climbing accident. Kennecott then closed and, in the summer of 1985, he moved Carole and Michael to Vernal Utah, where he worked as a Powerhouse Mechanic at DG&T until he retired in 2001.
He has spent the last 35 years loving the Uintah Basin, where he lived with his wife Carole, son Michael, daughter-in-law Shellie and his two beloved grandchildren (Kecia Dawn & Patrick Henry). He loved the outdoors all around, be it hunting, fishing, camping or just sitting around a camp fire relaxing with a cold drink in his hand. In his past time after retiring he spent a lot of time playing the game “cribbage” with family and friends, and helping make many quilts with Carole.
His father (Hinnie) spent his career in the slaughter house business, where later he taught Carl the ins & outs of the business for personal benefits. Carl has spent most of his adult life butchering & processing many types of animals for family and friends. He has passed this trait down to Henry, Michael & grandson Patrick. While making friends and then teaching them along the way.
Carl and Carole became hunter-ed instructors in 1991, were they taught countless youth hunter education in the Uintah Basin area, helped organize YHEC state and national shoots and received the “Hunter Education Instructor of the Year" 4 times. They continued doing this together till Carole passed in 2016. He and Carole also did the women’s 22 rifle “Josie Shoot” together for 25+years.
Carl was an Eagle Scout (at the age of 13), Member of the Vernal Rod-N-Gun Club, Split Mountain Archers, and the Black Powder Mountain Men group.
Carl is preceded in death by his wife Carole Louise, son Henry Joseph Jackson, parents Henry & Bessie Jackson, In-Laws Joseph & Cora Maccarillo, Brother-in-law Joe Maccarillo and Sister -in-law Carol Joy Jackson. He is survived by son Michael (Shellie) Jackson, grandkids Kecia Dawn & Patrick Henry Jackson all of Vernal, brother Myron & Sister Betty (Ron) Vega, The Maccarillo family, many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
We would like to thank Harmony, Kimber, and Bonnie at Good Shepard, Dr Raeleen Orme, Dr Sarah Woody and Heather Lamb at the Roosevelt VA, and Dr Nancy Fong at SL VA for all the love and support.
To honor Carl’s request, there will be no viewing. A “Celebration of Life” service will be held at the Uintah Conference Center, “Paradise Room” on Saturday February 1, 2020. Service at 11:00am followed by an open house till 3:00pm with light luncheon served. (313 East 200 South, Vernal, Utah). Military honors will be held 10:45am outside the Uintah Conference Center.
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