Raymond Jackson

Raymond Mathew Jackson was born Jan. 5, 1931, in Klamath Falls, OR., he was an enrolled tribal member and an elder.  He lived in Klamath County most of his life.  He passed away Sept. 25, 2014, of natural causes.  At his request, graveside services were  at Chief Schonchin Cemetery in Beatty Saturday, Oct 4 at 1 p.m.  He was preceded in death by his son, Hunter; his mother, Pearl; his father Lawrence; his brothers and sisters, Baby Norman, Roselada, Larson, Lawrence, Roland, Patronalla, Victor, Robert, Caledonia and his youngest brother, Norman. He is survived by his wife, Violet Jackson, whom he was married to for 44 years and their children, Michelle Jackson Nealy and Roland Jackson as well as his brother Leroy and his wife, Ruth.  He also is survived by many nieces and nephews, whom he loved as his own.  Raymond was a decorated Korean Army veteran who served on the front lines as a mortar man from 1951 to 1953.  He retired from the Forest Service, where he supervised summer youth crews.  Ray was proud of his kids he mentored and had many stories of their work experiences.  Raymond boxed in school, the military and at local events.  He also mentored several youths in the art of boxing and until his passing, he enjoyed watching it on TV with his son, Roland.  He loved horses, and in his youth chased and rode wild horses.  He also loved to watch and attend rodeos.  Raymond began a sober life when he was 36 and attended AA meetings, in which he helped others in their search to recover from alcoholism.  Sobriety was important to him and he wanted to set a good example other Native Americans.