Theodore L. Jackson, Jr. (courtesy photo)

The late Theodore L. Jackson, Jr., affectionately known as “Ted”, the son of the late Theodore L. Jackson, Sr., M.D. and Mrs. Gloria Washington Jackson and a great-grandson of Booker T. Washington, will be commemorated in an activity filled weekend celebration of his life. The event highlight will be held on Saturday September 17, 2022 at Prairie Creek Redwood State Park in Orick, California. It will include a dedication ceremony of a memorial bench inlayed with a beautiful bronze plaque in Ted’s honor in the park’s peaceful and scenic Remembrance Grove.

Born in Cambridge, England, where his father served as a medic in the military, Ted was raised in Los Angeles where he graduated from Audubon Middle School and Crenshaw High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Claremont Men’s College and a Master’s degree from California State University at Sacramento.

Rising through the ranks of the California Department of Parks & Recreation from Park Ranger to Deputy Director of Park Operations, Ted enjoyed an exemplary career and was blessed to work in a field that combined his passion for nature as well as his dedicated service to others. Prior to becoming Deputy Director, Ted was the Southern Division Chief and played a key role in the planning and development of Los Angeles State Historic Park and the Rio de Los Angeles State Park, fulfilling a promise by the Department to improve access and equity for underserved communities of Los Angeles to California State Parks.

“It will be such a wonderful tribute to the character, dedication and legacy as a passionate park professional that was my son. Ted’s memorial will be a beautiful celebration of his life and an honor to be bestowed upon him — and my family and I are deeply grateful,” shared Ted’s mother Gloria.

For further information about the event, please contact Ted’s brother, Anthony L. “Tony” Jackson M.D. at (310) 707-7948 or via email at [email protected].