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Jackson Thomas Loveless

Jackson Thomas Loveless

Jackson Thomas Loveless, age 14, passed away at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City on December 3, 2017. Jackson was born in Boise, ID where he lived for a few years until he moved to Caldwell with his parents. Jackson and his parents later moved to Wasilla, Alaska where his dad established a construction business.

When Jackson was four days old, he was diagnosed with a life threatening and disabling congenital condition which led to his first of many brain and other surgeries at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. Jackson faced his challenges with great courage and spirit, and was an absolute joy to his family and friends.

Through the years, Jackson’s parents and Jackson faced very complex and difficult decisions regarding his medical options. Their focus was always on Jackson having the best quality of life possible. The amount of time that Jackson spent at Primary Children’s Hospital was extensive. The love, support and highly skilled medical care of the hospital’s physicians and staff, particularly the neurosurgery team led by Dr. Douglas Brockmeyer, was incredible. Primary Children’s Hospital became a second home and family to Jackson and his family.

The Hampton Inn & Suites near the hospital also became a second home and family. The staff at the Hampton, particularly General Manager Rik Pearson, loved Jackson and were very helpful and generous. The Hampton’s attachment to Jackson was so strong that it named its Primary Children’s Hospital reduced rate program “Jackson’s Room”. In remembrance of Jackson, a fund has been created to further reduce these rates. The Hampton, its owners and its parent company will undertake annual fund raising in an effort to make this fund perpetual.

Jackson attended Meadowlakes Elementary School near his home in Wasilla. At Meadowlakes he made great strides in a nurturing environment with many friends and a wonderful teacher’s aide, Carla Croghan. He went on to Houston High School, where he was the football team manager.

Jackson had many interests. He loved swimming, horseback riding, fishing and boating. In August 2015, Jackson won his age class at the Humpy Fishing Derby, on Montana Creek northwest of Wasilla. Jackson loved flags, proudly displaying the Idaho and Alaska flags in his bedroom. He enjoyed visiting the flag park in Wasilla. Jackson was a Star Trek, Star Wars and Superheroes fan. He enjoyed playing games on his tablet, watching movies and listening to music. Jackson was a very dapper dresser, generally sporting a tie, a hat and even a blazer. His tie collection was enormous, ranging from the fun to the elegant.

Jackson is survived by his parents, Joshua Stanton Loveless and Katherine Ann Burgoyne; grandparents Steve and Barbara Loveless, and Grant and Christy DeMeyer Burgoyne; maternal great grandmother Aileen DeMeyer; aunts and uncles Keith DeMeyer, Gary (Ginger) DeMeyer, Cody Loveless, Shiloah (Pete) Wilson, Muriah (Anthony) Pineda, Crystal Burgoyne and Casey Feskens; and cousins Lola Feskens-Burgoyne, Calvin Feskens-Burgoyne, Kayli Garcia, Jaden Pineda, Trey Pineda, Sean Jensen, Alex Loveless and Wren Wilson.

A service for Jackson will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Hillview United Methodist Church, 8525 Ustick Road, Boise. To honor Jackson’s love for ties, please wear or bring a tie to the service. Feel free to wear it with whatever attire you choose, as Jackson loved ties so much he would wear them with anything, including his T-shirts and sweatpants.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Jackson Loveless Memorial Account at the Hampton Inn & Suites Salt Lake City-University/Foothill, 1345 South Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108, phone 801-583-3500. (Donations are not tax deductible at this time.)
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