The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Alan “Scott” Jackson Sr., 61, of Norman, peacefully surrounded by his wife and children, escaped the shackles of his illness and went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Scott was born May 20, 1952, to Dr. Walter Dunaway and Norma Lou Jackson in Miami, Okla. He was the first of three sons.
Scott was busy from the get go and loved roller skating. He was on a competitive team at the age of 7. Doc, his dad, was a golfer and, as a young boy, Scott caddied for him in tournaments in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. Scotty spoke of a particular event when he was caddying for his dad and one of the golfers was Mickey Mantle, but it was bad day, and young Scotty was unimpressed and just wanted to go home.
Scott started working at the ripe age of 14 at Gibson’s Discount Store and saved money for his first car, a Mustang, which he raced on the bi-ways of Miami, Okla.
Scott attended school in Miami, Okla., and graduated in 1970. He then attended Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College, which was one block away from his home. Although he was in pre-med classes, his mother insisted that he take a course in accounting, and that is when he found his true avocation. He loved accounting and graduated from the best accounting school in the state of Oklahoma at that time, Tulsa University, graduating in 1974.
He was thrilled to work for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (now KPMG), a prestigious accounting firm upon graduation from TU specializing in auditing. Scott left Peat when he was promoted far enough up in the ranks to have to deal with the politics of the business world.
He was recruited by Riffe Petroleum in 1979, which was purchased by the Charter Corp. and then by Elf Asphalt. Scott then began working for Trans-Tel Inc., where he would work for 21 years, starting Aug. 19, 1992, as the chief financial officer and vice president.
The changes in jobs took Scott and family from Tulsa to Jacksonville, Fla., to Mantua, N.J., (near Philadelphia) and back to Oklahoma, where the family settled for good in Norman.
Trans-Tel Inc., developed and started by Jack and Jane Morgan (Scott and Leah’s sister and brother-in-law), has been Scott’s love for 21 years. Scott and Jack, along with family members and the incredible employees, enjoyed a relationship of trust and mutual respect and have continued that relationship to this day.
Scott and Leah met in Tulsa in 1975 on a blind date. They fell in love, and after a short engagement, they married on Jan. 31, 1976, in Okmulgee, Leah’s hometown. They had many adventures together and raised two incredible children, Jennifer Ellen (Hill) Jackson and Scott Jackson Jr.
Scott loved to spoil and surprise Leah throughout their 38 years of marriage. Scott and Leah had such a loving marriage that it served as an excellent role model for their kids and grandkids. Scott was such a great influence to his family and taught them many life lessons. To his children, Scott was seen as a man of great integrity and a role model of what a man should be. He provided a safe and secure home full of love and great times for his family.
Scott enjoyed playing golf his entire life and was fortunate to have made three holes in one. He loved to caddy for his son during his golf tournaments. Scott also enjoyed traveling, road trips, cruises and listening to oldies music.
He would light up a room with his big smile and always made people feel comfortable. He was a loyal patron of Charleston’s Restaurant. Scott loved to sit on the back porch and smoke a cigar and watch the fish and birds. Family was very important to Scott, and he loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. He will be remembered by family as thoughtful, generous, giving, a comforter to many and never being judgmental of people.
He is survived by his wife; son, Scotty Jackson and fiancee Ashley Moore of Norman; daughter, Jennifer Hill and husband Chad Hill of Argyle, Texas; two brothers, Tom Jackson and his wife Furan of Miami, Okla., and Jay Jackson and wife Teresa of Tulsa; two grandchildren, Jackson Hill and Parker Hill; and aunt, Leaetta Jackson of El Dorado Springs, Mo.
Scott was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation for Scott will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, with family receiving friends from 5 to 7.
Services will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Havenbrook Funeral Home chapel, 3401 Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman, with interment following at Warren Cemetery in Norman.
Arrangements for Scott and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.
Online condolences may be shared at havenbrookfuneralhome.com.
Norman Transcript, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
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