Legendary former Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson, 80 died Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at his home in Alpine, Texas after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Jackson served 27 years as a Ranger in Uvalde and Alpine, Texas. When he retired in 2003, he was the senior member of the elite force. Established in 1823, the Texas Rangers are the oldest statewide law enforcement agency in the United States.
"Joaquin Jackson was a legendary lawman and one of the most famous Texas Rangers of the twentieth century," said Jackson friend, actor Robert Duvall. Duvall played Ranger Captain Augustus McCrae in the classis series Lonesome Dove.
In 2005, Jackson published his memoir, One Ranger. The book became a bestseller and for the next 10 years he had a successful career as a public speaker.
Over the years, Jackson appeared in numerous motion pictures, including The Good Ol' Boys with fellow Texan Tommy Lee Jones. Jackson was also the model for Nick Nolte's character in the motion picture Extreme Prejudice. Jeff Bridges also modeled his Texas Ranger character in the upcoming movie, Hell or High Water on Jackson.
Joaquin Jackson was born in 1935 in Anton, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University and was a graduate of Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He served in the United States Marine Corps prior to embarking on a career in law enforcement.
Jackson was a longtime director of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, numerous law enforcement organizations, and he was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife Jewel, three grown children and four grandchildren. His son, Lance Jackson followed his father into law enforcement and currently serves as a major in the United Stares Border Patrol.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Pete P. Gallego Center at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Sul Ross State University or the Former Texas Rangers Foundation.
I have so many stories about Joaquin from his lips to my ears that I just don't know what to do with them all. We used to sit out back of his ranch house there in Alpine and while away the hours spinning yarns. Him with a Longneck or a Bourbon and me with a sweet tea, looking off at the mountains in the distance from his porch and watching the Hummingbirds at his feeders. That incident where he, Capt. Allee and a few other Company "D" Texas Rangers put down that attempted jail break at the Carrizo Springs Jail there in Uvalde County, Texas on April 3, 1968 was one of the more hair raising stories of the many. If those would be "jail breakers" would have known what they were up against they would have never tried to break out. But, now Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson belongs to the ages but his stories will live on into the lore of Texas history.
Michael R. SadajZionsville, IN
My wife and I had the opportunity to visit with him in his home in Alpine .
He was truly a kind , hospitable and generous gentleman ... eager to share his thoughts and experiences .
RICHARD A. tHOMPSONFairhope, AL
One of the last of "Texas Best Lawman" and great American. He was gracious in communicating with me when each of his 2 books were published.
Gareth Joel LaughtonSheridan, WY
Rest easy Joaquin, thank you for your service.
Odie WatersBoerne, TX
Dear Jackson Family,
Joaquin was such a dear friend to me. I have sincere regrets that I cannot attend the service, but circumstances dictate that I cannot. I will miss you, Joaquin! I love you, Jewely! Karla
Karla OwensLampasas, TX
Just one Ranger, just one man, but oh what a man and oh what a Ranger. To me, he was just one great friend over the past two decades. Texas is a better place owing to Joaquin's dedication and service. It will be hard for Texas and the Texas Rangers to replace presence, his strength of character, his integrity, his sense of justice and fairness, and his respect for all he served--regardless of which side of the law they were on. Heaven has called another Ranger home. May God bless your memory into eternity, Joaquin, and may God Bless Texas.
Mark HillDallas, TX
He was Ranger Jackson to us all, but my first memories of him were as one of my Little League coaches in Uvalde many years ago. Many good memories of Ranger Joaquin from those days...God's Speed Texas Ranger...may the Lord comfort your entire family..fhjr.
Frank Hidalgo JrNewnan, GA