Jackson, James 2/25/1949 - 12/25/2022 Kalamazoo James "Jim" Howard Jackson passed away on December 25, 2022, at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo MI. Born on February 25, 1949, in Kalamazoo, he was the first of three sons to Patricia and Lavere "Kelly" Jackson. Jim grew up in Kalamazoo, attending Kalamazoo Central High School and Kalamazoo College where he majored in religion. In 1972, he moved to Washington, DC where he lived for 40 years. He earned a Masters in Library Science degree at the University of Maryland in 1976. He worked at the American Medical Association for three decades as its librarian and then membership director for its political action committee. He returned to Kalamazoo in 2011 and worked on campaigns for now Michigan Senator Seann McCann and was active in the local Democratic Party. He is survived by his two children, Sarah Jackson and Peter Jackson, his granddaughter Nora, and his two brothers, Stephen and Chris. His fondest memories are of dancing with Sarah and coaching Peter's baseball team. Jim loved to cook, and was an avid reader and history buff. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make other people laugh and laugh with them. In his last years, he enjoyed watching movies, reading, playing tennis, and spending time with his children and friends from the gym. He was very proud of his children His greatest wish was for them to be happy. They are, so he is at peace. His family will hold a private service to honor him.