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Texas Ranger, Author, Actor Joaquin Jackson Has Passed Away

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Joaquin Jackson, a legendary Texas Ranger, passed away from cancer at the age of 80 on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Jackson was originally from Anton, Texas, outside of Lubbock. He was a Texas Ranger for 23 years working in Uvalde and Alpine and retiring in 2003. Several characters in western films were based on him, like Nick Nolte’s character in “Extreme Prejudice” and Jeff Bridges’ character in an upcoming film called “The Good Ol’ Boys” where Joaquin himself also makes a guest appearance.

Joaquin Jackson penned a memoir released by the University of Texas Press in 2005 called “One Ranger” with the description, “A retired Texas Ranger recalls a career that took him from shootouts in South Texas to film sets in Hollywood.” He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Masonic Lodge, and the Screen Actors Guild; however, he will be remembered as a Texas Ranger first and foremost, pictured on a famous 1994 cover of “Texas Monthly.”

The Texas Rangers are the oldest state law enforcement agency in the United States and are a major part of Texas’s mythology and history. According to former Ranger Captain Bob Crowder, “A Ranger is an officer who is able to handle any given situation without definite instructions from his commanding officer, or higher authority. This ability must be proven before a man becomes a Ranger.”