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Dudley "Sonny" Jackson

June 22, 1956 — September 22, 2023

Rye, Colorado

Dudley "Sonny" Jackson

Dudley “Sonny” Jackson was born June 22, 1956 in Cambridge, NE and was the second youngest of four children born to Arlene and Elgin Jackson. He passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 67 on September 22, 2023. The last 13 years of his life were some of his happiest after he met and married Debbie Jackson living in their home in Rye, CO.

Known as “Dudley” to some and “Sonny” to others; he may be best known as “husband, brother, dad and grandpa.” Sonny loved spending time with his wife and extended family, often traveling long distances via a road trip to visit family and friends in Texas, California, Nebraska and other distant states. He had a contagious fun-loving personality that frequently made him one of the centers of attention amongst his four children and five grandchildren.

Sonny had a wide range of careers that displayed his many talents that he began to develop after graduating from high school in Cambridge, NE in 1974 among a senior class of 22 classmates. He went on to study engineering, journalism and English at schools in Nebraska and Arizona.

His varied careers include a car mechanic, water resources engineer, artist, painter and tailor of handmade clothes, owner of a drywall company, project manager for various construction and contractor companies, geotechnical engineer, test car driver, limo driver, and chief facilities engineer at various locations. He was brilliant at and dedicated to each and every job he took on. You’d often find Sonny spending his weekends working on his “honey-do” list around his or his children’s houses. He could fix or complete any task that needed to be done.

Among Sonny’s many talents and interests, art, travel and sports were a central part of his life. He was a very talented artist who loved to spend his time working on paintings. He was talented enough to open up his own very successful leather shop of homemade clothing in Sedona, Arizona for six years. Over the last 13 years Debbie and Sonny would plan long road trip vacations all across America, crossing off as many national parks, states, and sites as they could during their summer and spring breaks. These road trips would transverse coast to coast, north to south, and they would frequently stop to visit friends and family across the United States. Sonny also followed every home sports team, and would sit and watch just about any sport that was on television. In his younger years, he loved to take his kids and grandkids to basketball, baseball and football games.

Sonny had a devoted faith in Jesus Christ as his savior, which gave him peace concerning his eternal future. He lived his life to the fullest and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Jackson; sisters, Susan (Loren) Bley, Jane (Wendel) Savage and Pat (Harold) Socolofsky; children, Luke (Laura) and Jill (Randy) Curtis; stepchildren Danie Marie (Zacharia) Casias and Katie (Julian) Mithani; grandchildren, Laci and Andrew Nixon, Hunter LaMoureux, Noah and Abigail Mithani. As well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place.  A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 1:00 PM in the Davis Memorial Chapel in Pueblo.

In lieu of flowers or food, contributions can be sent to PO Box 492, Rye, CO 81069 to help cover medical costs with any remaining to be split among his five grandchildren that he loved so dearly.

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