Elmer Dean Jackson
Dec. 14, 1920 – Jan. 22, 2012
Funeral services for Elmer Dean Jackson of Buffalo will be held later this summer in Greybull. Elmer, 91, died Jan. 22 at the home of his daughter in Buffalo.
Elmer was born Dec. 14, 1920, in Greybull, the son of Samson and Lizzie Jackson. He grew up and went to school in Greybull and Basin. He joined the CCC’s and worked for a time before going back to high school. He graduated from Basin High School in 1941.
Elmer joined the United States Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theater as a bombardier in a B-29 during World War II.
He married Arlene Clawson of Basin on Feb. 26, 1944, in Montgomery, Ala., before being deployed to the South Pacific.
After his discharge he returned to Basin where he and Arlene made their home. He worked for the railroad before moving to Worland and going to work as a gas plant technician for Pure Oil Company.
In 1960, he went to work for the Rural Electric Association and attained his journeyman’s license as an electrician.
He moved his family to Glenrock where he spent two years working on the Dave Johnson Power Plant; moved to Cody in 1964 where he went to work as an oil field electrician and in 1970 they moved to Gillette where he took a job as an electrician for Arco.
He retired in 1986 and he and Arlene divided their time between their home on Keyhole Reservoir and Apache Junction, Ariz. Arlene died in August 1993 and Elmer moved to Buffalo. In July 1995, he married a childhood friend, Mickey Prather, and they made their home in Arizona.
Elmer returned to Buffalo in October 2011.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church, past member of the Elks, VFW and Wyoming Wood Carvers.
His parents, his first wife, three sisters, a brother and one grandson preceded him in death.
He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Valorie Jackson of Casper and Mick and Renee Camino of Buffalo; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Donations in Elmer’s memory can be made to the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice, c/o Adams Funeral Home, 351 N. Adams, Buffalo.