In memory of
Jackson Brooks Jackson R. Brooks passed away peacefully on March 31st, 2017. He was born in Garden of the Gods, CO on May 27th, 1922 to his parents Walter ("Mike") and Dolly Mae (Hamner) Brooks. His parents moved to Shawnee, Oklahoma where he spent most of his childhood. At age 6 he suffered a burn injury to his leg and spent the next year in the Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City, where he developed his talents for reading and drawing. These became the foundation for his career and his skill for life-long learning. Near the end of the Great Depression Jack and his brothers moved to California to seek opportunities they couldn't find in Oklahoma. While working as the display manager at JC Penney's in Santa Ana, CA he met Jacqueline (Jackie) Munson in 1941. On August 30th, 1943 Jack and Jackie were married. In 1955 they moved their 4 children to Fort Collins, CO where he and his brother Brownie founded ExcellArt Advertising Corp., the first electric sign company in Northern Colorado. They joined Bethlehem Lutheran Church (now Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church) and were both active members. Jackson sang in the choir, taught adult Sunday school and helped establish Good Samaritan Home in Fort Collins. In 1961 Jackson was issued U.S. Patents on the first extruded aluminum sign frame system. In 1965 he served as president of the National Electric Sign Association (now International Sign Association). He founded ABC Extrusion Company in 1970; (today ABC Sign Products, Inc). He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from ISA in 1990 and was recipient of both the Distinguished Service Award (1983) and a Special Achievement Award (1999) from World Sign Associates. Jackson was also instrumental in organizing Aqua-Tec Corp in 1961 (later Teledyne Aqua-Tec). He was an original investor and wrote their initial marketing plan. Additionally, Jack was a student of architecture and designed many homes and commercial buildings in Northern Colorado. He was a published author, an inventor, a devoted husband, and dedicated father of 4 children. Jack loved cars his entire life. He began restoring collectible autos in 1961 and for the next 35 years his passion was restoring rare, classic cars: Alfa Romeos, Ferraris, Bugattis, Mercedes, and Packards (among others). Many of his restored cars (some literally priceless) are now in museums or private collections. His book Cars I Could've, Should've Kept (2007) can be found on Amazon.com . Jackson is survived by his wife Jackie and his children: Robin Foss, Barbara (Tom) Haynie, Jennifer Brooks, and Brian (JoAnn) Brooks; 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Jackson was also loved by his 6 nephews to whom he was a mentor and role model. His life was an example of strong faith, ethics, self-respect and commitment to family. He will be sorely missed by his family and his many friends and business associates. Visit www.VesseyFuneralService.com . Please send memorial contributions to the Children's Hospital Foundation and note that it is for Jackson Brooks in care of Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 East Mulberry, A1, Fort Collins, CO. 80524.
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