Thomas Leroy Jackson Jr.

Thomas Leroy Jackson Jr., 77, died January 22, 2021 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada of natural causes.

He was born June 16, 1943 in Detroit Michigan to Thomas Leroy Jackson Sr. and Dorothy Mathilda Koch and raised in Detroit, MI; Wichita, KS; Streator, IL; and Ogden, UT.

Tom was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on May 30, 1958. He served an LDS mission to the Central States Mission from 1963-65.  He graduated with a BS in Sociology and Economics from Brigham Young University in 1967 and received an MBA from the University of Utah in 1969. He started his teaching career, teaching part-time at the Community College of Southern Nevada (later changed to College of Southern Nevada) and joined the faculty as a full-time professor in 1978 until his retirement in 2020.  When he was not teaching, you could often find Tom at the Las Vegas Temple where he was an ordinance worker for many years.

Besides his family and church service, Tom’s greatest love was business and teaching. He will be forever remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit and creativity. Throughout his life, he held over 50 positions managing, consulting, or starting numerous small businesses. He had an intense drive and unmatched work ethic that he instilled in all that came in contact with him.

He was incredibly proud to be called “professor” and would most often introduce himself as such in any crowd he was part of. Throughout his 47 years of teaching, he had hundreds of guest speakers, and thousands of students. The impact he has had on young entrepreneurs will be felt for generations to come.

Tom married Lynda Funk in 1967 and was divorced in 1982. Together they had 6 children. He married Jennifer Lewis on Dec. 19, 1987 in Salt Lake City, UT. The marriage was solemnized in the Las Vegas Nevada Temple Sept. 10, 1994. Together they raised 11 children.

Thomas L. Jackson Jr. is survived by 5 sons and 6 daughters: Tammy and Doug Musgrove, Troy L Jackson, Timothy and Sissy Jackson, Terry and Diane Jackson, Todd and Lisa Jackson, Stephanie Larsen, Natalie and Todd Potts, Tiffany and Niki Covington, Thomas and Mercedes Jackson, Kate and Mat Stowell, Emily and Michael Thorn; as well as 28 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday January 29, 2021 at the Lindell LDS Chapel at 3:00 PM with a viewing prior at 2:00 PM.  Graveside services will be held at the Provo City Cemetery in Utah on Saturday Jan. 30, 2021 at 3:00 PM.  Due to COVID-19, we encourage friends and colleagues to watch the funeral via ZOOM (Mtg ID: 950 6925 5486 / Password: elcamino). Masks will be required for anyone who wishes to attend in person.

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