In Memory

Dennis Jackson

Dennis Jerome Jackson, 64, of Vancouver Washington threw off the yolk of his earthly body and passed into the presence and loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:25 am and found “VICTORY IN JESUS”! Born in Tabolton, Georgia, Dennis LIVED his life in Pacific Grove California (27 yrs) and Sacramento California (29 yrs) before making his home in Vancouver Washington these past six years.  He is a graduate of Pacific Grove High (1971). He is survived by his high school sweetheart, wife and best friend of 45 years, Bonnie; his daughters Connie Welcher (Derrick)  of Des Moines, Iowa and Kay Drenth (Peter) of Vancouver, Washington; his son Noah; his grandsons Brandon, Bryan, Brett, Brooks and Simon; his mother Lillie Bell Jackson of Seaside, California; brothers Jonas of Escondido, California and Butch of Seaside, California; his sister Rosalind Smith of Sacramento, California – as well as countless loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and friends - as he never met a stranger. He is preceded in death by his father Jonas Jackson and his son Evran. Dennis LOVED life. As a youth he played sports and enjoyed the outdoors, trains, music and astronomy. As an adult Dennis drove truck for 20 years and retired as a CAD Drafter after 5 years. He enjoyed gardening, performing music, collecting trains and nutcrackers, and spending time with his grandsons (he always said that if he had known that grandchildren were going to be so much fun we would have had them first) – and he loved to LAUGH, telling jokes and pulling fun-loving pranks. Throughout his life Dennis had a passion for ministering and loved teaching children about the love of our Savior Jesus Christ – as a YMCA camp counselor, a Sunday school teacher and Sunday school bus driver, a Good News club leader, AWANA leader and youth minister. “I’ll pray for you” and “Go with God” was his blessing to everyone he met- including you.

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04/30/18 05:51 AM #3    

Elizabeth Crocker (Biggs)

My Hearts and Prayers go out to the Jackson Family. Truly blessed to have know Dennis. I remember when he was our paperboy when we lived on Lobos ave. My brother and his brother were friends also.May good Memories and love for each other help you through these diffficult times. Elizabeth Alice Crocker Biggs

04/30/18 11:11 AM #4    

Donald Mothershead

Hi All,

Just to let you know that PG High, Class of 71 was well represented at Dennis' Celebration of Life Ceremony in Seaside!  This was a week after Bonnie held an amazing Memorial Service for Dennis up in Washington.  As I shared with Bonnie, their Love Story for each other continues to move my heart!  Love to all of our classmates!!  Don


04/30/18 02:59 PM #5    

Randall Brooks

Dennis was a great guy and will be missed. He was that High School guy you don't forget even after so many years. Sorry for the loss to family and friends. 

05/02/18 08:19 AM #6    

Emengton Allen

Frist I would like to express my condolences to Bonnie and the Jackson family.I know Dennis was suffering and I hope he is in a better place with no more pain.

Dennis and I were classmates since elementary school, team mates in high school and college and friends throughout.  I will lways havefond memories of "BIG DENT"  Rest in peace my brother.


Emengton Allen

05/02/18 09:47 AM #7    

John S. Miller

Bonnie you have shown all of us how to be there by your man to the end and care for the one that we LOVE.  You are such a strong woman someone that Dennis loved so very much for all these years. Baby Brother is gone now to be with his Lord, but he will never be forgotten by those that he crossed paths with while on this earth.  My condolences to you and all of your family during this time of your loss. Rest in Peace Baby Brother and we will all see you on the other side….

05/02/18 10:19 AM #8    

Daniel LiDay

I took all three of the Jackson brothers home after a football practice in my Mom's '64 Impala S.S. once during Hell Week. Said they were going to take a bus home, they lived in seaside (!) at the time. We couldn't have that. Talk about a Low Rider Chevy! But it was all good. Remember Dennis on a YMCA water skiing excursion also. He was a very special person, I will never forget him. Rest In Peace, Dennis.

05/02/18 10:27 AM #9    

Albert Stout

To Bonnie -I am so sorry - I know how much you meant to each other, and I admire the special love story you two shared.

To Dennis...I can't believe you left... you among the others, guided and helped me for the longest time. I am indebted forever, and shall never forget your kindness, friendship, and all special qualities. Bless you, and rest, dear friend.

05/03/18 12:34 PM #10    

Manuel Gomez

Bonnie my condolence to you and your family and I will keep you and your family in my prayers.  Dennis was loved by so many he was a gentle giant, always with a smile.

​I have so many great memories of him, one being when Dennis, Craig Moyers and I went to the Smorgies Board on Fremont in Monterey and seeing who could eat the most and then having the restaurant ask us to leaving because we kept eating everything or when we would hang out at Jack in the Box in Seaside where Dennis worked and he would bring us out a Jumbo Jack as we waiting for him.

​Dennis was one of a kind and god broke the mold when he created Dennis I am glad that he was part of my life.



05/06/18 12:36 AM #11    

Patrick Sheppard

Condolences to Dennis's family. We were classmates from elementary school through high school. My favorite memory of Dennis is from freshman year p.e. Someone thought it was a good idea to let the boys learn to box. Next great idea, match them up by size. Me, 6'5" 150 pounds soaking wet. Dennis about as tall and a little heavier. Just before they send us into the ring Dennis gives me a look that I interpreted as, sorry for what's about to happen. Love you big man, may you rest in peace.



08/06/18 05:33 PM #12    

George Balint

My heart goes out to the Jackson family. Dennis was a great person who befriended me when it was so hard to make friends in a new school. Locker mates in PE for a year or two. Always friendly always kind. Could’ve used a few more people like that. He’s in the Lords hands and  having a great time.  Made the pain of losing him on earth he replaced with knowing eternity in heaven will come soon to us that have Jesus in our heart. 

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