1934 ~ 2012
John Craig Jackson left family and friends too suddenly and too soon, from cardiac arrest, February 14, 2012.
Craig was recognized and will long be remembered as an outstanding husband, father, and grandfather. A gifted manager. An outstanding botanist, especially of phenomenal orchids. A helpful and reliable neighbor. A faithful member of his church. And a very loyal friend.
Born October 14, 1934, in Salt Lake City to David Irvin and Lucile Musser Jackson. After graduating from East High he received a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Utah. He served an LDS mission in North Central States. In 1959 he married Gretchen Schreiner in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised an outstanding family: Milton (Lori) Louisville, KY; John (Becky) Brookfield, WI; Brian (Christine); Matthew (Teresa); Margaret (Barry) Grzybowski, and Marianne (Mike) Woodbury Bronx, NY.
Survived by his wife, six children and spouses, 17 grandchildren, siblings Wendy Augason, Sam, Holly Alder, Jane Howell, Jonathan, and Rosemary Wheelwright. Preceded in death by his brother David.
Craig enjoyed his profession as a pharmacist and healthcare administrator. He began as a staff pharmacist at Primary Childrens' Hospital, moved to St. Petersburg FL in 1968 to direct the Purchasing Department and Pharmacy of All Childrens' Hospital. Returned to Salt Lake City in 1970, he served as LDS Hospital Pharmacy Director until 1990, then as Area Director of Pharmacy Services for Intermountain Health Care. After retiring from IHC, Craig began a second career in public administration, serving as Medical Director of the Utah Recovery Assistance Program followed by two terms as Executive Director of the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Praised by his colleagues and staff for steady and consistent direction of that agency. Craig served as Chair of the Utah Board of Pharmacy, President of the Utah Pharmaceutical Association, and as a board member of the Federation of State Medical Boards.
A life-time active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as bishop, bishop's counselor, scout master and other positions, most recently as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple.
Always busy with his hobbies, including photography, wood carving, oil-painting, gardening, daily walks in the neighborhood, raising orchids, duck hunting and visiting the family cabin near Oakley. A long-time member of the Timpanogos Club, he recruited many of the club's current members. He was president of the Bayview Duck Club.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 11 am in the Bonneville Second Ward Chapel, 1535 East Bonneview Drive (1040 South) Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple from 6 pm to 8 pm Friday evening or at the Ward from 9:30 to 10:30 am Saturday.