Shannon A. Jackson
May 29, 1976- April 3, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Shannon A Jackson announces his passing on April 3, 2020. He was born May 29, 1976 at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. Shannon leaves behind his wife of 22 years Heather (Dittmar) and children Jett (16) and Jalen (13), parents Charles & Sharon Jackson, brother Casey and wife Lori-Ann (Cline) Jackson, mother-in-law Kathy Meyer and brother-in-law Tate Dittmar. He was “Uncle Banana” (a name affectionately given to him by his then 3 year old niece, Myla) and Merida. He also leaves behind many loving aunts, uncles and cousins and dogs Apollo and Brooklyn.
TSGT Jackson was employed at the 459th Air Refueling Unit at Andrews AFB. Although he helped to keep the Air Force flying, in his earlier years, his passion for automotive customization led to his owning and operating Strictly Modified Customs in Westover , WV. Shannon’s creativity and skill set enabled him to excel in his craft which led to his involvement in several spectacular vehicle builds, some of which landed in print magazines. Shannon shared his love of hockey as a teammate on the District Warriors Veteran’s Ice Hockey team and coached numerous youth hockey teams most recently as coach of the Maryland Student Hockey League high school team, Chesapeake Lightning and assistant coach of the Metro Elite U18 Maple Leafs, in Odenton, Maryland. Shannon’s huge heart provided him the grace to be a “father figure” to many of his players and was given the nickname “Big Shan” or “Coach Banana”.
We don’t know why Shannon decided to leave us so early, but we find comfort in the knowledge that above all family was always #1 to him.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to be determined.
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