Bill was born January 31, 1946 at Baltimore, Maryland to Hagan L. and Margaret W. Westphal Jackson. He grew up, attended school and graduated from high school at Baltimore. Bill then enrolled at Pennsylvania State University, graduating with his degree in physics. He began his career with Westinghouse, later becoming Northrop Grumman which spanned 36 years, and retired as Director of Contract Policy. During his career, he traveled extensively internationally with the company, retiring May 1, 2005. They moved to Moscow immediately to be near their daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.
Bill’s interests included fishing, camping, baseball and history. During his travel with the company, he always enjoyed experiencing other cultures and the cuisine it offered. His love of history included participating in the 125th anniversary of the Civil War reenactment at Gettysburg with his family and brother in 1988. They especially enjoyed spending time at the ocean and a favorite destination was Hawaii. Since moving to Moscow, Bill was an active member of Trinity Reformed Church. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy of a family that loves God and places faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Bill and Elizabeth E. “Libby” Hurt were married on December 4, 1976 at Ellicott City, Maryland. She survives at their Moscow home along with daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Toby Sumpter, Amy and Deacon James of Moscow and Lisa and C.J. Bowen of Annapolis, Maryland. He also leaves his grandchildren, River, Felicity, Tovia, Zeke, Madeline, Ivan, Fiona, Levi, Maggie and Lissie. Also surviving are his mother, Margaret Jackson in Westminster, Maryland, his brother John (Carol) Jackson in Catonsville, Maryland, and sisters, Margaret (John) Bloom and Patricia (Joe) Scilipoti, both in Westminster, Maryland.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Hagan, son David William, and grandchildren, Anastacia and Justice.
Bill Jackson will be laid to rest on his 69th birthday, this Saturday, January 31st at the Moscow Cemetery.
A memorial service honoring his life will be held this Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at Trinity Reformed Church, 101 East Palouse River Drive, Moscow, Idaho, at 1:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the TRC Building Fund (Trinity Reformed Church, attention: Building Fund), Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (http://www.themmrf.org/donate-to-mmrf/ or to Logos School (http://logosschool.com/support/annual-fund/).
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.