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Nathan E. Jackson

May 30, 1931 — March 22, 2022

Nathan “Nate” Edwin Jackson was born May 30, 1931, to Joseph (Ned) and Helena Jackson in Livingston, Montana. He passed away on March 22, 2022, in Forsyth, Montana.

Nate grew up on the family cattle ranch in Tom Miner Basin and attended grade school at Tom Miner Basin School as did his father and his children. At the ranch he very much enjoyed horses, his dogs, working cattle, hunting and fishing, packing, and adventures in the mountains.

He completed the 8th grade in Tom Miner and finished his last four years at Park High in Livingston. At Park High he played four years of football and two years of basketball.  He was off to his first rodeo at age 13 and where he rode bareback horses and some bulls but found his passion in saddle bronc riding.

Following graduation, Nathan went into the Army, and when he returned, he met Elsie Mae Allabaugh of Clyde Park, Montana.  They were married May 28, 1953. They lived in the Livingston, Wilsall, Sedan areas where Nate worked on ranches, broke horses, and rodeoed. From their union they were blessed with two children – Jerry in 1954, and Jewel in 1955.  Later, they moved to the ranch in Tom Miner Basin, where they continued to ranch with Ned and Helen and raise their children.  Ned and Helen later retired, and Nate took over the ranch. Along with ranching he started Rawhide Outfitting and Packing Service where the family outfitted hunters and fishermen. Nate wanted a larger ranch, so he sold the ranch in Tom Miner and moved to Thoeny near the Canadian border. The family worked the ranch until Nate and Elsie sold it and purchased a motel in Big Timber, Montana. They later divorced, and Nathan went back into the ranching business. In his later years, he sold out and moved to Forsyth, Montana where he retired.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, and American Legion, enjoyed rodeos and team roping, and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play basketball and football.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ned and Helena, and his brother-in-law Jack Hoppe.  Survivors include his son, Jerry of Morrill, NE and Jewel Davenport (David) of Forsyth, MT, five grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren; Christi Brown (Clint)-Hadley and Wager) of Creston, Iowa; Amanda Cupp (Matt)-Kasyn and Kage) of Hempstead, TX; Wesley Davenport (Tiffany) - Kroy and Anson) of Forsyth, MT; Jennifer- (Tony)- Hana and Jack) of WA; Joseph (Danelle) - Skyla, Brenna, Landon, and Kowin of Lincoln, NE. His sister, Kristina Hoppe of Great Falls, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.

A memorial service will take place at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, MT at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 1.  Reception will follow the service and burial will then follow at Park View Memorial Gardens.

Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory

, Livingston, MT 59047

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