Earl was born on September 1, 1927, in Evergreen, TX, and passed away at home in Vernal, UT, on Friday, June 19, 2015 of a broken heart losing his wife exactly one month earlier. Earl is survived by four children and their spouses: Kaylene & Jeff Ellis of Vernal, UT; Danny & Joyce Jackson of Enid, OK; Larry & Jeannie Jackson of Arlington, TX; and Rene & Jeff Wood of Heber, UT; 27 Grandchildren; 28 Great Grandchildren; 3 Great Great Grandchildren; 2 Sisters, Robbie Foster of Coldspring, TX, Bobbie Cheshire of Houston, TX; and a Brother, J. W. Jackson of Cleveland, TX. Earl is preceded in death by his wife, Violet Kay Gardner (on May 19, 2015), his mother and father, James Robert and Balzoria Jackson of Texas; 6 brothers: Jimmy, Woodroe, Ellis, Rube and Willie Jackson and Forest Lewis, all of Texas; 2 Grandchildren - Jason Ellis & Jade Ellis; and 1 Great Grandchild - Tommy Wood. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Blackburn Vernal Mortuary (15 East 100 North) in Vernal. Viewing for his family and friends will be from 12:45 - 1:45 AM, prior to the service at the mortuary. Burial with military honors will be in the Vernal Memorial Park, under the direction of Blackburn Vernal Mortuary. If desired, in lieu of flowers please make donations to your favorite military charity.