Famed Texas Ranger, Joaquin Jackson, dies at the age of 80

Retired Texas Ranger, actor, author and NRA board member Joaquin Jackson died June 15, at his home in Alpine, after a short battle with cancer, according to a family member.

He was born in 1935 in Anton. Jackson attended Texas Tech University and was a graduate of Sul Ross State University in Alpine. He served in the United States Marine Corps prior to his career in law enforcement.

Jackson joined the famed Texas Rangers  in 1966.

He became a recognizable face when he was featured on the cover of Texas Monthly magazine in 1994.

Jackson served 27 years as a Ranger in Uvalde and Alpine. When he retired in 2003, he was the senior member of the elite force that is one of the oldest statewide law enforcement agency in the United States.

He published his memoir, “One Ranger,” in 2005. The book became a bestseller.

Over the years, Jackson appeared in numerous motion pictures, including “The Good Ol’ Boys” starring Tommy Lee Jones. He was also the model for Nick Nolte’s character in the motion picture “Extreme Prejudice.” Additionally, Jeff Bridges modeled his Texas Ranger character in the upcoming movie, “Hell or High Water,” after Jackson.

Jackson was a longtime director of the National Rifle Association, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, numerous law enforcement organizations and a Mason.

Services for Jackson will be held June 25.