Born: 09/03/1970 Died: 11/03/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a
Joseph Jay Jackson, 41, passed away on Nov. 3, 2011, in Okmulgee. He was born Sept. 3, 1970, in Durant, the first child of William (Butch) Jackson and Anna Judene (Judy) Jackson. Joe grew up in Mead, near the beautiful Lake Texoma. He attended Silo schools and then graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, where he earned a B.A. in history and met his wife, Kirsten. They were married July 31, 1993, at Crossroads Baptist Church. Kirsten and Joe attended Victory Life Family Center where they helped with the youth group. Feb. 2, 1999 Joe and Kirsten had their first child, Josiah, and soon moved to Okmulgee, where Joe worked at the Okmulgee County Department of Human Services/Adult Protective Services. He also worked at the Tulsa City-County Health Department on the SWAT (Students Workers Against Tobacco) program, as director of the Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter, INC, and for Beggs Independent School District as a Title 7 Indian Education Tutor. Joe also served as Case Manager/Career Counselor at Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee and later as manager for Custodial/Environmental Safety Services. On Nov. 16, 2001, Joe and Kirsten welcomed their second child, Anya, and Nov. 23, 2003, Lydia joined the family. For almost four years Joe worked as a Coordinator for First Time Offender Program, One Eighty Program/Outreach Life Skills teacher and mentor as well as a Life Skills Coach for Anne Moroney Youth Services (Okmulgee-Okfuskee County Youth Services, Inc.). Joe’s work with teenagers was a calling to him, but his passion was making a paradise for his family on a little farm outside Okmulgee. He created and built special spaces for their many animals and pets, landscaped paths through the one-acre woods, and made one-of-a-kind playthings for his children. He is preceded in death by his grandparents and survived by his wife, Kirsten Stensaas-Jackson; his three children, Josiah Quinn Jackson, Anya Elizabeth Jackson and Lydia Colleen Jackson; his parents; and his brother, Jon Mark Jackson.