August 25, 1938 - January 8, 2018
Arnes “Man” Jackson, 79, of Amarillo, died Monday, January 8, 2018. Funeral services will be 10:00 am today at Cox Funeral Home – Benton Chapel, 4180 Canyon Dr. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arnes was born on August 25, 1938 in Dickens, Texas to Arnes and Marie Jackson. As the only son, he took on responsibility at a young age and was dubbed, “Little Man,” a name he carried throughout his life. The family moved to Oregon where Arnes graduated from Mill City High School. Arnes worked as a logger and attended college in Oregon on a football scholarship. He met his wife, Lupita Aguino, in Tuba City, Arizona. They married in the spring of 1958 in Arizona. The family moved to Muleshoe, Texas where Arnes owned and operated a Chevron service station, his first of many. The family lived in Dalhart, Texas before finally settling in Amarillo in 1969. The Jackson family moved into “the House on Jackson Street” in 1972 and the house has been the center of Jackson family life ever since. Arnes and Lupita were married for 50 years before she proceeded him in death in 2008. Together they had 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. He married Lauralee Hirte, a lifelong friend, in the fall of 2009 and they moved to Salem, Oregon briefly before returning to Amarillo where they resided until his passing. Arnes owned and operated a series of Chevron and Shell full service stations and was well known in Vega and Conway as a principled and hard working man that was always willing to lend a helping hand. Over the course of his life he built and maintained friendships that spanned decades and the entire country. He was a supporter of both St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Redeemer Christian Church. Arnes was an avid reader and enjoyed hunting and fishing but his favorite thing to do was spend time laughing with his family. Arnes was the consummate family man. His family remained his single minded focus until the day of his death. He was a well-known prankster and many who knew him have a rollicking story of a time when Arnes pulled one over on them and laughed his infectious belly laugh. He was an incredible story teller and loved to share jokes or magic tricks with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Arnes leaves an indelible mark on the world through the legacy of his family. He crafted and strengthened an amazing bond amongst the Jackson family and that is the greatest gift he could have given his children and grandchildren. He was most proud of the shared love and closeness of his entire family. Arnes was a force of nature and he will be lovingly remembered by the family he built as a living, breathing testament to his motto, “Family is the most important thing.” Arnes was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lupita Jackson; sister, Hazel Short; brother, Roy Short; and grandson, Nathan Phillips. Arnes is survived by his wife, Lauralee Jackson of Amarillo; 3 daughters, Karen Bralley and husband Bob of Hot Springs, SD, Carol Davis and husband James of Amarillo and Sammie James and husband Jason of Academy, TX; sister, Marquitta Elliott of Calera, OK, brother and sister, Roger and Sandra Hutchens of Logan, NM; sisters Florence Lujan and Pauline Calderon of Ohkay Owingeh, NM; brother, Frank and wife Victoria Aguino of Ohkay Owingeh, NM; brother, Pat Aguino of Ohkay Owingeh, NM; stephchildren, Lisa Muszynski and husband Peter of Espoo, Finland; Matthew Hirte and wife Kalomira of Burbank, CA; Andrea Hirte of Beaverton, OR; John Hirte and wife Patricia of Salem, OR; 8 grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and 3 step-great grandchildren.