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Merle Francis Jackson

March 8, 1942 ~ January 16, 2018 (age 75)

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Memorial Service
January 27, 2018

10:30 AM
Baucke Funeral Home
1220 SW Interocean
Holyoke, CO 80734

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Merle Francis Jackson of Holyoke, CO, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the age of 75.

Merle was born in Haxtun, CO on March 8, 1942 to Henry Merle Jackson and Florence Marie (Johnson) Jackson.

Growing up on the family farm east of Holyoke, Merle discovered his passion for horses and cattle. A passion that would follow him through the entirety of his days. He rode his first pony before the age of 5. At age 9, he joined the Better Beef Makers 4-H club and showed many champion steers at county fairs, state fairs and national livestock shows. He continued raising cattle with an emphasis on 4-H steers and was never without a horse until his death.

In high school, Merle’s passion led him to rodeoing. By his junior year he was an accomplished bareback bronco rider and bull rider. After graduating from Holyoke High, his journey took him to Colorado State University as member of the rodeo team.

When there was no rodeo to attend, Merle could be found with friends who owned race horses in Brush. As a young man, he left Holyoke in 1963 and enjoyed a brief career training cutting horses in Kansas, Illinois, and Nebraska before returning to Holyoke.

His passion for horses and cattle came second only to his love for family and his grandchildren. He took great pride in visiting his grandchildren and attending their school events. When he was able to combine a family visit with a rodeo in Ft. Worth, steer wrestling finals in Wichita or the Kentucky Derby in Louisville that was, in Merle’s words, “a pretty neat deal.”

Merle is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Florence. He is survived by 6 daughters: Wesley Lane, Terri (Ken) Todd, Tracy Burnett (all of Houston, TX), Kelly Phillips (Ft. Worth, TX), Dawn (Michael) Worley (Evanston, WY), Deah Falkner (Omaha, NE). He is also survived by his sister, Willa (Charles) DeCastro, (Wichita, KS), 10 grandchildren, one great grandchild, one niece and two nephews.

Friends are invited to join the family for a memorial service Saturday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Baucke Funeral Home in Holyoke, CO. The family will have a private ceremony at a later date to disperse Merle’s ashes at Palo Duro Canyon, one of his favorite places.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund to benefit the Phillips County Pavilion & Education Center is established in Merle’s name. Checks made payable to Phillips County Pavilion and Education Center should be sent to: Baucke Funeral Home, 1220 Southwest Interocean Drive, Holyoke, CO 80734.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Phillips County Fairgrounds Pavilion and Education Center

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