John Marvin Jackson, long time Manhattan Beach resident, passed away on December 23rd at his home. He was 80 years old. John graduated from Redondo Union High School, El Camino College, UC Berkley ans recieved his masters from UCLA. He taught in the Hermosa Beach City School District for 38 years. Following his retirement in 1993 he continued to run a weekly lunch hour chess club for the children of Hermosa Valley School. He was also the founder of the Manhattan Beach Library Chess Club. He will be greatly missed by his wife Juleen, son Michael (Sid), daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Terry Yamamoto, granddaughter Marlee Yamamoto and many other family members and friends. Plans for a farewell party are pending.

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  1. Dear Jackson Family, I wanted to express my deepest sympathy on Mr. Jackson’s passing. He was my third grade teacher at Prospect Heights Elementary School in Hermosa Beach in 1976. He was the first teacher that made an impression on me and started me on the road to want to learn. He started a chess club and got me to join and taught me how to play. I still play chess today because of him. He taught me my multiplications with this game, where you pull the numbers and get the answers. I’m looking for that same game for my son now. He was such wonderful teacher and a caring person, that I have such fond memories of him. I can only hope my children will experience a teacher as I did with Mr. Jackson. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Jackson’s family. Sincerely, Min Kim Hamilton

  2. I am the secretary at Hermosa Valley School and Mr. Jackson ran the lunchtime chess club here for the last several years and I had a chance to get to know him during that time. He was always kind with a good sense of humour and the kids really loved having chess club with him. He always remembered me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from his garden at the end of chess club each year. I will miss him.

  3. For the past 12 years I have had the pleasure of knowing John. He would come to Hermosa Valley school every October and we would view our school calendar for dates and a room for him to use for his lunchtime chess club….I saw him this past fall and he shared that he would be taking a wonderful trip this fall. I remember how excited he was about the trip and all the planning he had done to get ready….I will remember the smile and his excitement from that day….my deepest sympathy to his wife, son and Jennifer…. Ce Pfeiffer

  4. Dear Juleen…I returned from travel catching up on my Beach Reporter’s. Just wanted to send my acknowledgement of your losing John. Strength and warmth, Rena McAfee

  5. Juleen We are shocked and sadened today to learn of John’s passing. John will be greatly missed as a very good friend and associate and a truly unique and gifted person. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you through this most difficult time Love & best wishes Marty & Karl

  6. We are sad to hear of your husbands passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this trying time.

  7. Dear Jackson Family, Mr. Jackson was my and my brother’s 3rd and 4th grade teacher from 1980-1982. He was the most inspiring teacher I ever had. He was always respectful to me and all of my classmates and had the highest expectations for all of us. I am now a 4th grade teacher myself and continually give credit to him for choosing this field. Over the years my mother would sometimes give me updates of what he was up to, like when he retired and continued the Chess Club. Though I haven’t seen him in many years I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. I know that I am only one of 1000’s of children whose lives he touched in such a positive way and he will be truly missed. Yours, Monica Moore Boykoff

  8. Dear Jackson family, I just read of Mr. Jackson’s passing and wanted to express my condolences. Mr. Jackson was my third and fourth grade teacher from 1981-83, and he gave me so many opportunities to learn and grow. Though I thought he was tough at the time, I know he challenged me in ways that have made me successful today. I last saw him at a retirement party for a fellow Hermosa View teacher about 10 years ago. He has laid the foundation for so many, and the children of Hermosa Beach were lucky to have had him as a teacher–I know I was. Warm regards, Briana Sharp

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