Lee Robert JacksonJune 17, 1932 ~ November 8, 2017 (age 85)
Leland (“Lee”) Robert Jackson, a Westmoreland native, passed away Nov. 8. He was born on June 17, 1932 to Ellen (Madsen) and Leon S. Jackson. He attended Washington High School where he was known for his love of baseball and basketball, lettering four years in baseball and three in basketball. He played freshman baseball and basketball at University of Oregon and both sports his sophomore year at Portland State College during which PSC won the Oregon Collegiate Conference championships in both sports. He graduated from University of Oregon in December 1954. There he met his future wife Jacqueline (“Jackie”) Densmore. They had three children.
Lee served as an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army at Fort Lawton, Washington. After his discharge, Lee went to work for New York Life Insurance Company. He spent time working for the company in Portland, Oregon then in Butte, Montana. After returning to Portland, Lee joined Marsh and McLennan in the employee benefits department until he joined his longtime friend and business associate Victor Follen at Follen & Company. After Follen & Company was sold to Mercer, Lee and Barbara Swanson started Outsourcing Services Inc. (OSI).
While Lee’s first love was baseball, his children were more interested in basketball making it the family’s sport of choice. He found great pleasure coaching basketball for both his children and grandchildren. His favorite times included family and sports, whether it was playing catch in the front yard, wiffle baseball at Cannon Beach, or golfing with his son and grandson. Lee and Jackie built one of the first homes at Black Butte Ranch and the family spent many seasons skiing at Mt. Bachelor.
Lee was a member of the Portland Lion’s Club and University Club for many years. After becoming empty-nesters, Lee and Jackie joined Waverley Country Club, enjoying many happy occasions on and off the course with friends and family.
Following wife Jackie’s death, Lee was married for a time to fellow Washington High and University of Oregon alum Barbara Rodway of Lake Oswego. Together they shared the love of a wonderful dog, Sadie.
Lee is predeceased by his wife, Jackie, parents and sister Janice (Baldwin). He is survived by his three children Karen Farber of Falmouth, Maine; Jennifer Van Atta of Portland; and Phil of Fair Oaks, CA; and by thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Lee’s family wishes to thank the staff of Willamette View and Home Instead for their compassionate care.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. at World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Rd.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to:
Jackie Jackson Memorial Endowment, Saturday Academy www.saturdayacademy.org