John F. “Jack” Jackson
August 7, 1936 – June 24, 2021
Preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Irene Jackson; daughter, Kate Kestel; wife, Dotty; brother, Larry; sister, Pat Gambee. Survived by children: Tom Jackson (Connie), Jackie, Tim Jackson (Patti); Kathy Kalkwarf (Brad); grandchildren: Luke, Jeni, Stacia, Sarah, Maureen, Chris, Tim, Lauren, Zach, Ryan, Mitch, Courtney, Morgen, Patrick, Kara; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Michael; son-in-law Rod Kestel.
VISITATION: Monday, June 28th at 4:30pm with a WAKE SERVICE at 6pm at Creighton Prep High School in the Sullivan Center, 7400 Western Avenue, (Please use the west entrance). FUNERAL: Tuesday, June 29th at 9:15am at the mortuary to St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, at 10am. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are directed to the family for Creighton Prep, USA Swimming, or Dementia Society of America
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Born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 7, 1936, John Francis “Jack’ Jackson was a graduate of Omaha Creighton Prep and Omaha University. He returned to Creighton Prep in 1959 as the school’s swim coach and full-time as a teacher/coach from 1960-1969. During his tenure, Jack was an assistant coach on 3 state title football teams and led Prep’s 1969 Swim Team to the school’s first state title in school history. In addition, he spent 4 years at Lincoln Southeast High School in the same capacity.
Jack would go on to complete a 50-year career in the swimming world at the high school, club, national and international levels. In total, he coached a 1976 Olympian, four swimmers ranked in the top 25 in the world, over 60 Senior National qualifiers, over 100 Junior National qualifiers and over 150 National Top 16 swimmers. Jack received the Excellence in Coaching award from the American Swimming Coaches Association for having Nebraska swimmers represented at Nationals for 20 consecutive years.
On the International level, Jack was the team manager of the U.S. Men’s Swimming Team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, a team leader for the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and the head coach of the U.S. Women’s Paralympic Swimming Team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. In addition, he was on the coaching staff of several Pan-Pacific teams over the years.
Jack’s long career culminated with many honors including inductions into the Creighton Prep Athletic Hall of Fame and the Midwestern Swimming Hall of Fame among others. The sport that was his passion took him on an adventure around the globe. His dedication to excellence affected those he coached in a variety of ways, some more profound and life changing than others. You always knew where you stood with Coach, and he expected as much out of you as he was putting into you. Us… we just called him Dad.