Howard Clay Jackson, Jr., M.D., age 89, of Madison, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover, Indiana. He was born October 31, 1930 in Rockport, Indiana to Howard and Dona (Stuteville) Jackson. He grew up in Rockport and was a 1948 graduate of Rockport High School. He attended Indiana State University and graduated in 1952. At Indiana State University, he was a founding member of the school's chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Upon graduation from Indiana State University, he served in the United States Army from 1953-1955 at Fort Knox. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he realized a lifelong dream when he enrolled at Indiana University School of Medicine. Upon graduation in 1962, he served his medical residencies at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona and Hanford Community Hospital in Hanford, California.
He moved to Madison, Indiana in March 1964 to begin his career in medicine as a General Practitioner in private practice. An active member of the King's Daughters' Hospital Medical Staff, he served as an officer, Department Chair, and Chief of Staff several times. In addition to membership in the Jefferson-Switzerland County Medical Society, Dr. Jackson was active in the Indiana State Medical Association, serving as delegate for many years. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practice and a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. Having served on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Mental Health Association and Southeastern Mental Health and Guidance Center, in 1988, Dr. Jackson joined the medical staff of Madison State Hospital where he provided on call coverage until his retirement.
He retired from his medical practice in December 2010 at the age of 80. During his over 46 years serving the community of Madison, he delivered hundreds of babies, served as the doctor in the pits for the Madison Regatta, served as the team doctor for the Hanover College football team, made house calls in the early years of his practice, and treated generations of family members. He loved being a doctor and worked tirelessly to be available and treat his patients at all hours of the day.
Throughout the years, Dr. Jackson has been involved with numerous fraternal, social, civic, and service organizations including the Madison Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and Jefferson County United Way. He was a member of the Madison Elks Lodge #524 for over fifty years, a fifty plus year member of the Rockport Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite, an Indiana State University Alumni board member, Indiana State Medical Association member, Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services commission member, and past trustee and member of the Madison Chamber of Commerce and Madison Golf and Country Club.
In addition to his numerous professional activities, he enjoyed golfing and in his later years, the "choose up" at Sunrise Golf Course. Photography was a passion and wherever he traveled his camera was always with him. He especially liked taking photos of his family, the Ohio River, and the changing foliage of Madison and its hillsides. He was also an avid coin collector his whole life, an exercise enthusiast, and enjoyed fishing which he was recently able to do.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Jackson whom he married on August 1, 1974 in Seymour, Indiana; three sons: Clay Jackson (Cindy) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Tom Jackson (Leanna) of Santa Rosa, California, and John Jackson of Madison; one daughter, Susan Neff (James) of Concord, North Carolina; one stepson, Greg Johnson of Seymour, Indiana; one stepdaughter, Mitzi Lawson (Michael) of Hanover, Indiana; four grandchildren: Jamie Simontacchi (Jackson), Christopher Jackson, Megan Neff, and Erin Neff; two step-grandchildren: Nikki Helmuth (Johnson) and Abby Walburn, two great-grandchildren: Jackson and Carson Simontacchi, and two step-great grandchildren: Remy and Kimber Helmuth.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Howard (1954) and Dona (1999); his brother, Malcolm Duane Jackson (2018), and his first wife, Phyllis Virginia (McMahan) Jackson whom he married on September 7, 1957 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Rockport, Indiana and who passed away in 1973.
Memorial services will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel, 117 Holt Drive, Madison's Hilltop. Friends and family may call from 4:00 PM until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be conducted by the Madison Masonic Union Lodge #2 F.&A.M. during the memorial service.
The Honor Guard of the Major Samuel Woodfill Post #9, American Legion and the United States Army will conduct military honors during the memorial service on Tuesday.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the King's Daughters' Hospital Foundation or the Madison State Hospital Indigent Fund. Contributions can be made at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service or online or below.
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