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Gary D. Jackson


Gary D. Jackson, 71, of Hoople, ND passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020 on Sanford on Broadway, Fargo, ND. A public visitation will be held Thursday, December 17, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Masks and social distancing are required.

     Gary Donald Jackson was born March 15, 1949 at Drayton, ND to Donald and Shirley (Johnson) Jackson. He grew up and attended school in Cavalier, graduating from Cavalier High School in 1967. Gary then attended Mayville State College where he graduated with his Degree in Education. After teaching school in Dunseith, ND for two years. Gary attended UND for his Masters Degree in Educational Administration, Social Studies/Social Science and Psychology after his time in Dunseith. He taught school and was principle in the Valley School District, Hoople, ND until 2010. From 2010 to 2014 he taught in the Valley-Edinburg School District. For the past seven years he has been a teacher in the North Border School District. Gary had a love of learning; he was always working to better himself as a person and educator. He loved to be active in the school districts in which he worked. He would referee junior high basketball and football games, announce and do play by play at every North Border home game, and coach any sport that needed him, track and field being his favorite.

     Gary had a passion for his grandsons like no other and was at every activity they were involved in. He was both of their biggest fan. Gary was a man of few words, but the words he spoke were always well thought out and impactful.

     On June 19, 1971, Gary married Ruth Markel at the Methodist Church in Hoople, ND. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children: Marcia Halldorson, Walhalla, ND and Aaron Jackson, Hoople, ND; grandsons: William and Marcus Halldorson; his sisters: Jackie (Tom) Douville, Neche, ND and Linda (John) Horgan, Mesa, AZ.

     Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters: Jeri Brown and Karen Berard.




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Rest in peace Gary. I met Gary many years ago, probably at a track meet in Park River. I started teaching and coaching track and field at Larimore in the 1980-81school year. I seemed to work the finish line at most of those meets and Gary was there most of the time as well. Either there or as starter. I always enjoyed our visits about so many different topics during those days. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family of Gary Jackson.

Rick Henry Dec 16 2020 12:00 AM

Rest in Peace Gary. Since our days in Mayville, to the visits at various school events, you were always so upbeat and genuine....a true ambassador for education. You proved to many that a teacher can really make a difference in someone's future. God Bless you and my deepest sympathy to your family.

Leland (Lenny) Jelinek Oct 30 2020 12:00 AM

I had Mr. Jackson in my presence from K-12. First a principal and teacher K-8 Then, a great football and track coach 7-12. He was next door neighbors with my best friend growing up, playing backyard baseball we often overtook his yard. To this, he would just smile and encourage the play with no hesitation about us in the yard.
Myself being one of the only boys from Hoople in specific sporting seasons, we had many late evening rides alone back to Hoople together in a bus or van. Sometimes I would ask questions about the generations before me. What the school spirit was like? Who was good at sports? Why the consolidations over the years, etc.
He was always happy to give me plenty of Spuds, Bulldogs, Raiders, and Blue Knight history along these drives home, they instilled a bit of school/town pride in me.
Hes one of the people I feared in 4th grade. Rolled my eyes at in 8th. Paid attention to his words in 11th.
Now years later I greatly respect. Hes a piece of my lifes puzzle that will never be forgotten.
I speak on behalf of many generations of students who spent time with him. When I think of "Valley" Green White and Black I think of him. When I think of the Crystal Gym I think of him behind the table. Proud to have known him.

Paul Tharalson Oct 21 2020 12:00 AM

I will always remember how excited I was when we (Edinburg) CO-OPed with Valley so Gary would be able to announce "our" starting lineups. He was such a kind and genuine person who was always willing to step up and help out. He will be missed. Prayers to his family and loved ones.

Bryce Laxdal Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

Gary was an amazing teacher and truly loved what he did. He showed so much support to his staff, students and athletes and we will forever be grateful for his contribution to the Valley school district. Prayers to your family during this difficult time. Please know that he will be greatly missed but always remembered. Sending prayers.

Vanessa Kuntz Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Garys passing. He will be remembered by so many for his lifetime of giving of himself to others. I will never forget his smile, his laugh and his willingness to help. Sending prayers for his family and all those that miss him so much

Lisa Goldade Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

Gary exhibited role model qualities of an educator: hard working, dedicated and loyal to the students, staff and school districts that he worked in. Im grateful I was able to coach track with Gary the past few years. He is truly a track man! Prayers to his family.

Jeff Manley Oct 14 2020 12:00 AM

First meet Gary as I began my teaching career back in 1980. He had such a positive influence on everyone. Always enjoyed seeing him as UND sporting events over the years and greatly appreciated the conversations we had. God bless Gary, his family, and friends.

Matt Misialek Oct 14 2020 12:00 AM

I believe I first met Gary when I began teaching and coaching in Park River in 1980. I think we coached 5-6 basketball against each other as well a track. Over the years through teacher and bus driver workshops, writing goals and standards for math, etc. we got to know each other well. There are few teachers outside of my own school that I knew, and liked, better. This is a sad time for me to lose a colleague, but I realize my loss is insignificant compared to that of his family. My prayers are with you.

Glenn Rost Oct 13 2020 12:00 AM

I got to know Gary through volleyball officiating, various teaching in-service/workshops, and coaching football. In the number of years we coached together I remember that he always put the team and his players first and managed to find the positives when they were often difficult to see. My sympathies go out to his family.

Wayne Stegman Oct 13 2020 12:00 AM

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