Robert “Bob” Jackson passed on Tuesday October 23,
2018. Bob was born on September 29th, 1954 in
Rochester, MN but moved to Harlingen two years later,
as he put it, “as soon as I could walk”.
Bob was a proud lifetime resident of the Rio
Grande Valley. He loved to travel but never desired to
live elsewhere. He graduated from Harlingen High
School in 1972. He acquired both his B.A. in History and
English (1976) and M.A. in Educational Administration
(1984) at the University of Texas- Pan American. The
latter of which he earned in night school while teaching.
He taught English at Weslaco H.S. (1983) Coakley
Junior High (1977-80,1984-88). With his Masters he
went on to become an Assistant Principal at Alamo High
School and Harlingen High School South (1988-96).
In 1996 he left education to live his dream of
being an entrepreneur with his wife Tresa Jackson when
they opened Proforma RGV. Their venture was
successful winning many awards with the franchise and
making lasting relationships with local businesses, until
his health limited his involvement. Tresa continues to
operate their thriving business today.
Bob is survived by his wife, Tresa Jackson, his
daughter, Athena Z Peters (Peter Hairston) of Easton,
MA, and his son, Jacob Dale Peters (Davina Amiri) of
Austin; his granddaughters Aurora and Aria Dane of
Easton, MA; his sisters Pamela Jackson, Linda Jackson
and Susan Risley of Harlingen; his dogs Kahlua and
Goldie; extended family and many close friends he
Bob was known for the many student lives he
touched as a teacher and principal. He cared about all
of his students but in particular found ways to reach out
to those struggling with learning disabilities or behavioral
issues. He was known for avant garde approaches such
as dissecting the meaning of popular song lyrics for
poetry lessons instead of more traditional examples. In
his mind teaching was about finding the right way to
reach the individual at their level. He didn’t give up on
He carried this approach in his business as well,
reaching out to his clients as friends and fellow
community members to find out what they needed
specifically, and providing that to them with a friendly
smile and kind word.
Outside of his career, Bob’s passion was the
great outdoors. His friends and family often joined him
on road trips affectionately dubbed “Adventures with
Bob” which took them off-the-beaten-path across the
U.S and Mexico. He enjoyed fly-fishing and snorkeling in
the Caribbean with his dad, Dr. R.C. “Bob” Jackson MD
(b.1921-d.2007); dove, whitewing, turkey, hog and deer
hunting in South Texas with family and friends; saltwater
fishing in the Laguna Madre. He relaxed by grilling meat
and telling of his adventures in his yard by the resaca.
Bob will be greatly missed by those of us whose
lives he touched. We have treasures of memories to
carry a small part of him with us.
Join us for a Celebration of Life at First United
Methodist Church at 3pm on Saturday October 27th with
the family receiving visitors in the Fellowship Hall until
For those desiring to do so, memorial donations
may be made to the Coastal Conservation Association
or Sunny Glen Children’s Home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Buck
Ashcraft Funeral Home. You are invited to leave a memory or sign the guestbook at www.buckashcraft.com