Benjamin F. Jackson was born Aug. 26, 1924, in Colville, Wash., the oldest of five children (he has four younger sisters).
Between the ages of 4 and 12, he moved with his family to Camas, Wash. For health reasons, his father was advised to move to eastern Oregon. In 1936, they moved to Prairie City for the winter, then to Susanville, Ore., for three years.
Ben completed the eighth grade and attended the high school in Lowell, Ore., through his junior year. He enlisted in the Navy. Since he has always enjoyed electronics, Ben was able to receive some training in that area. His ship made 25 trips across the Atlantic to various ports in the United Kingdom. Ben received his honorable discharge in December 1945.
Ben moved to Dallas, Ore., and began sawmill work in October 1946. The following May he married Katherine Warren. His son, Charles, was born in 1960. Ben worked for Willamette Industries from 1947 until 1986.
Ben and Katherine joined the Falls City (Ore.) Adventist Church through baptism in 2003 after neighbors invited them to watch a Kenneth Cox presentation in their home and then attended evangelistic meetings in Dallas, Ore. Ben lost Katherine on March 8, 2015. They had been married almost 68 years.
Ben would enjoy doing some travelling in the future. He strongly believes in attending church on Sabbath morning, and one can always find him at church early.