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Loved Ones Remember Dr. Bill Jackson

A man who devoted his life to helping people fight addiction has died. Dr. Bill Jackson is the founder of Sioux City's Jackson Recovery Centers. He passed away on Sunday at the age of 75.  
Jackson was a pioneer in bringing treatment services to the community. His friends and co-workers call him a goal-oriented optimist.

"He was such a self-sacrificing, giving man. In fact, he epitomized the expression to give the shirt off your back," says Jennifer Jackson, Dr. Jackson's youngest daughter. 

"A life that is one of giving, sharing, creating opportunities for people in out community to get well," says Kermit Dahlen, CEO of Jackson Recovery Center.
Loved ones remember Dr. Bill Jackson, a Sioux City pediatrician who they say committed his life to helping children and reaching out to the community.

"He was my mentor, my friend and probably one of the most influential people in my life," says Dahlen.
Kermit Dahlen has worked with Jackson since 1980. He's the current CEO of Jackson Recovery Centers, an organization that had a rough beginning. 
"We didn't have money and we didn't have staff and all those, he never question, never doubted the fact that Gordon would be a successful organization and that we would complete our mission," Dahlen says.

That mission back in the late 70's was to create drug and alcohol addiction services for young adults -- services, that at the time, didn't exist. 

Jackson with his wife Marienne started small with the creation of the teen-oriented, Gordon Chemical Dependency Center.

Decades later, they ended up with a comprehensive facility that now helps 2600 teens and adults a year fight numerous addictions.

Funeral services for Dr. Jackson will be held on Thursday at Morningside's Assembly of God Church. Instead of flowers, his family is asking for donations to Jackson Recovery Centers.   



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