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JACKSON, Daniel Richard

Daniel Richard Jackson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many, passed peacefully to his rest on Saturday, July 23, 2022, in Kelowna, BC. During his 49 years of ministry, he served as a pastor, teacher, and administrator.

Dan leaves to mourn his loving wife, Donna; his devoted children, Dena, Lara (Joel), and Dan (Marisa); and four grandchildren: Andre (Maddy), Jonathan (Nicole), Renic, and Tessa. He is also survived by his dearly loved sisters and brother: Nan, Mary (Bernie), and Tom (Marina); and numerous extended family members.

Dan was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and graduated from Canadian Union College (now Burman University) in Lacombe, Alberta and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He served in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Sri Lanka, and India. Dan participated in humanitarian and education projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. The last position Dan held prior to his retirement was President of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists from 2010 to 2020. He is remembered for his love of people, inclusivity, humour, and courage.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ADRA, Canada, or A Better World.

A Memorial Service will be held on August 12, 2022, at 1:30 pm, at the Rutland Seventh-day Adventist Church, 130 Gertsmar Rd., Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2022, at 1:30 PM (PDT)


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The service for JACKSON, Daniel Richard is scheduled for FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2022, at 1:30 PM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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130 Gertsmar Rd. Kelowna, BC


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  • Allen Hrenyk says:

    Donna, I remember how excited Dan was that he was starting to date you. He expressed dismay that such a wonderful lady might be his wife some day. Through the years Dan and I would cross paths and exchange a few thoughts. He always had a wonderful sense of humor that served him well to disarm the ocassional unpleasant exchanges that might occur. God loves Dan and His kingdom is awaiting Dan’s presence.

  • Vijayan Chinnappan says:

    Pr. Daniel Jackson was my theology and church history teacher at Spicer Memorial College, Pune, India. I was his reader for more than two years. I spent half of the day in all the days of the week at his house. I am well associated with his wife and all their children. I met him in Washington D. C., while he came to preach at Pr. Donald Watts’ wife funeral service. We shared many sweet memories we have had at Spicer. We miss you Don. Let Donna and all his family members be comforted. My deepest condolences. Vijayan..

  • George Ali says:

    Pastor was a great friend of mine. I always admired him for his integrity and friendliness he share will all his colleagues and friends. Pastor Jackson was responsible for my being a pastor in British Columbia when he was president and I cherish the memories of him that we shared. He will be greatly missed. Donna, Lara and all the other relatives stay strong in the Lord and God bless

  • dave yancey says:

    Dan, you were a breath of fresh air, wherever you were.
    Rest, now, my brother!
    Untill Jesus calls your name.

  • Camile Romeo says:

    My sincerest condolences to the families. May God Strengthen you continually. You are in thought and prayers.

  • Krishnakumar Perumal says:

    My heartfelt condolences to all the family members, thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • Marion Hudson says:

    God is sad when someone die. and longs to change His ” love ones’ in the twinkling into immortality. Hold on to His faithful promises, tried and proven..

  • Oppong, Damson says:

    One day soon, we shall meet again. And I can hear elder Jackson busting into a song again, singing the hallelujah chorus with the Saints. I plan to be there. Until then, good night, see you in the morning.

  • Esther Paul-Émile says:

    “I recall how much time you two spent together. You were inseparable. May all your wonderful memories comfort you Danna and the family during this heartbreaking time.” He was a man of God defending the place of the women in ministry. He forth for the truth and I was so proud of him, because he was Canadian, he was a good speaker and always have a word of encouragement. He sacrifices himself in the ministry. His passion for Christ encourage me to stay in the ministry, no matter what. He was a true minister. May his soul Rest In Peace. And we shall see him soon at the second coming of Jesus-Christ.

  • Nancy Sidorko says:

    Dan was always a man of integrity. His sense of humour was always appreciated by those around him. The first time I heard him sing was when he was only 19……I will miss that voice. Heartfelt condolences to Donna and his family.

  • Mike Tucker says:

    In 46 years of denominational service, I’ve never worked for a better boss than Dan Jackson. More than that, I truly loved Dan as a great friend. When Gayle was diagnosed with terminal cancer while in the hospital in Dallas, Dan drove from meetings he was attending in Houston to visit. That’s about a 10-hour round trip just to make a pastoral visit. When Gayle died, Dan and Donna were lovingly supportive. Most of the NAD leadership team attended the funeral. Such a loving gesture!
    Dan and Donna represented Jesus in my every contact with them. Their support for me and for Faith for Today were key reasons for our success. I can never repay them.
    When I was thinking about marrying Pam, I called Dan since he had known her longer than I had. His support meant the world to me.
    I will miss Dan’s sense of humor, encyclopedic knowledge of song lyrics, uninhibited laughter, and boundless love for Jesus. I will miss my friend!
    Donna, I’ve walked the road you are on now. While no two losses are the same, there are certainly similarities. Please call me if you need me.
    Until the Resurrection!
    Mike Tucker, Speaker Emeritus, Faith for Today (And Friend of Dan Jackson)

  • Don and Phyllis Corkum says:

    We are deeply saddened to learn of Pastor Dan’s death. Dan was a pastor in Alberta when we arrived back in the mid 70’s and we enjoyed our association together at that time. In the 1990’s we were privileged to have the Jacksons join our Alberta team again when he came to pastor the church at College Heights. Both Dan and Donna were a great blessing to the church and college family during those years. Wherever he has served he has demonstrated excellence in leadership and has the respect of the people throughout the constituency. We look forward to that glorious day when we will be re-united with Dan to share life in Christ’s kingdom.

  • Marvin Johnstone says:

    Donna and family, We are so sorry to hear of Dan’s recent death. Memories of 3 years of quartet, choir,Dorian Singers,and growing together as 15-18 year old boys in the dorm was a wonderful time. Dan showed us the high path to take, and his example and love were valued by us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and for you Donna.

  • Verna Rudyk Burghart says:

    Donna, how I would love to throw my arms around you and give you a big hug! This is more than I can imagine. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. When I think of the years that we have known each other, we go back . . . way back to the last century! Our days at CUC were so memorable. Danny was always so much fun to be around. He had an amazing sense of humor. Having the honor t0 stand up in your wedding was a highlight as well. You both were so mission-minded and made such a great team! An old Irish headstone says: “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves memories no one can steal.” Till that resurrection morning, my friend, rest in peace.

  • Jameel Ali says:

    Uncle Dan Jackson was a faithful man of God who was always so gracious and kind to my family and I. He has personally stood in the gap and advocated for me before and for that i am eternally grateful. I am encouraged because I know he rests in the Lord awaitig that great day. He is at perfect peace and I know his soul is secure. I send my condolences and prayers to the family during this hard time. Be encouraged that this is not the end.
    Love always, Jameel Ali

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