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Remembering Don Jackson

By Rob Scott

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Don Jackson moved to Grants Pass when he was only six-months-old in 1926. Now, 86 years later he will not be forgotten by those he touched in Grants Pass.

“When you live in a small community like this for that many years, being a person of character like he was and concerned, you make a mark,” said relative Nancy Schenkenberger.

Jackson started Don’s Shell Service in 1950, but it was his love for horses that he was most known for. Jackson was honored 1993 when the race track at Josephine County Fairgrounds was renamed Don Jackson Racing Facility. Jackson returned the favor in 2009 when he donated $70,000 toward resurfacing the track.

“At one time it was booming with excitement and so he just wanted that to continue way after he was gone,” said Schenkenberger.

Those who knew Jackson say that his donation wasn’t the biggest thing he gave to the community.

“The biggest gift he’ll give is that he was a good man. Everyone knew him as the good man,” said friend Jack Dimatteo.

Jackson was laid to rest Saturday after passing away on July 11th. He now lies next to his family. Those he left behind will continue to remember him and continue to celebrate his legacy at the Josephine County Fairgrounds.