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Family speaks of sheriff's deputy killed in Highway 99 crash

By Colin Steiner, csteiner@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:32:41 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 02 2013 05:46:00 PM CDT
BIGGS, Calif. -

The family of a Butte County Sheriff's Office correctional deputy gathered at the man's home Saturday and remembered the family and community member he was.

48-year-old Robert Jackson died early Friday morning when he was hit by a big-rig on Highway 99 just east of Biggs. Jackson was on his way to a shift at the Butte County Jail, where he worked for six years.

On Saturday his wife, Cheryl, reflected on the life and love they shared.

"We've been together almost 27 years and married over 25 and never there was a day I did not feel his love and I could only wish that for everybody," she said.

Cheryl's sister, Kendall Milburn, said Robert was a role model in the community but that family took center stage in his life.

"Robert was a complete and utter family man, they were just number one in his book," Milburn says. "He loved his community, he was huge in our school. His daughter-in-law said it best, he was a man of many hats. He was a great dad and a great grandpa."

Those many hats, including football coach, earned Robert a lot of friends, many of whom have reached out to the Jackson family in their time of grief.

"I appreciate their outpouring of kind words and remembrances and that's touched me and my family deeply," Cheryl Jackson says.

Jackson and Milburn could not say enough about how grateful they are for the support they have received from the Butte County Sheriff's Office. Undersheriff Kori Honea and Sheriff Jerry Smith visited Cheryl Friday morning to tell her of her husband's fatal accident.

"They might be top ranked there, but they're tops in our hearts and minds because it was amazing, their love and support," says Milburn.

As the family moves forward they remember a party they threw just two Saturdays ago which marked Robert's birthday and his favorite holiday, Halloween.  

It's memories made at that party that Cheryl Jackson wants people to think of when they remember her husband, Robert.

"We just had like 65-70 people here celebrating with him and it makes my heart smile that they will have that to remember him," she says. "That's what I want everybody to remember him by, not this sad day, it's those memories."