Dr. W.D. Jackson died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007, at Integris Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami after an illness. He was 89.
Dr. Jackson was born Aug. 22, 1917, in El Dorado Springs, Mo., to Walter John and Ferol (Dunaway) Jackson. He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1936, attended Central College in Fayette, Mo., for one year and graduated from Southwest Missouri State Teacher's College in Springfield, Mo., in 1940 with a bachelor's of science degree in education. He attended Kansas City Western Dental College from January 1947 to June 5, 1959, graduating with a doctorate of dental science.
While in college he was listed in “Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, was elected grand master of the Psi Omega fraternity and was a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
He joined the Navy Reserve in August 1941 in Annapolis, Md., and went to officer's training on Jan. 9, 1942. It was completed aboard the USS Prairie State, New York City. He was assigned to the Navy aboard the USS YP-406 as an ensign on May 5, 1942, and took ships from the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico for assignment from Burwood, La. He attended sub-chaser school in January, 1943, and was assigned as captain of the USS SC-1007 under construction at Long Beach. He returned to sub-chaser school in May, 1944, later attended fire prevention school in Philadelphia, Pa., and was assigned to the USS DE-326 in the Atlantic and Asiatic theatres. He was discharged in November, 1946 with the rank of lieutenant.
He taught social studies in Melville High School in Saint Louis, Mo., for one year. He practiced dentistry from two months in Willow Springs, Mo., and four months in Joplin, Mo. He owned and operated his own dental office in Miami from March 1, 1951 until 1995. He was a former member of the Miami Rotary Club and the Oklahoma Dental Association. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Miami, a 50-year member of the El Dorado Springs Masonic Lodge and a longtime member of the Miami Golf and Country Club.
He married Norma Lou Lovan on Nov. 18, 1942, in Kansas City, Mo. She preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 2001.
Survivors include three sons, Tom Jackson of Miami, Jay Jackson of Tulsa and Scott Jackson of Norman; one sister, Hettie Leaetta Jackson of El Dorado Springs, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Miami with the Rev. Bob Barker officiating. Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery.
All active and retired dentists will serve as honorary pallbearers.
A celebration of his life will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Miami Golf and Country Club.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.