Jackson M. ‘Jack’ Reed

Jackson MacNeil Reed (Jack), 86 of Redding, died Sept. 21, 2021, in Redding, Calif. He was 86.

Jack was born Aug. 18, 1935, in San Francisco to Jackson and Doris Reed. The family moved to Redding in 1949.

Jack worked in the logging industry as a truck driver for 17 years, then for Hawkey Transportation. His career took on a new direction working for the CHP as a Break Inspector Specialist in Mt. Shasta. He then was promoted as a Motor Carrier Specialist which took him to the Arcata office and finally to the Redding office where he retired in 1995. During his time with the CHP he taught other Motor Carrier Specialists at the CHP Academy in Sacramento and was a member of the Multi-Agency Hazardous Materials Team that investigated truck and bus accidents. Jack was a 50-year-plus member of Western Star Lodge of Free and Accepted Mason in Shasta, Calif., and a member of the Elks Lodge.

Jack and Nancy spent many happy summers in their vacation home in Trinity Center where Jack along with family and friends could be found hiking in the Trinity Alps and boating on Trinity Lake. Jack enjoyed teaching and pulling skiers on the lake as well as early evening barbecues on the patio boat. Jack and Nancy spent many winters with friends RVing in Arizona.

Jack was known as “Happy Jack” to his many friends and family. Jack never met a stranger and will be remembered for his smile, good natured personality, his kindness and his love of family and friends.

Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Reed; his daughters Laura Lowden (Bob) of Redding, Doreen Mahoney (Kelly) of Sacramento, and Jacki Hall (Jonny) of Edinburgh, Scotland; his grandchildren, Zachary Wright (Tiffany), Shannon Morrow (Teddy), Dane Hagen (Estefania), Ryan Mahoney (Maggie), Lorenzo Pagano, and Kate Cash (Nick).

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his loving sister Suzon Fowler.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring in Redding, date to follow.

The family ask that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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