Garrett Jackson, age 74, passed into heaven on April 29, 2021, in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Garrett was born January 18, 1947, in Chicago, IL, to parents Bennie Jackson and Wonsetta
His family lived in the Chicago projects and was raised in the Baptist denomination. After graduating from high school, Garrett attended the University of Illinois for two years to study
mathematics. He also started work as a window-washer in college and eventually gained skills in painting and handyman work.
He became closely connected with a family that owned a take-out seafood restaurant in Chicago. The one remaining son initially hired Garrett and then turned over ownership of the
restaurant to Garrett, who owned and managed the restaurant for several years, before the property was purchased by the city of Chicago.
Realizing that God had called him to become a pastor, he left college and joined a Pentecostal church called Prayer Band. After that, he started his own church, God’s Truth Evangelistic Church in Chicago, which he pastored for many years.
He became a member, resident and eventually president of the Michigan Avenue Co-op apartments, where he also performed maintenance and collected rent. The co-op was sold in
In 2006, he met Susan Jackson at a ministry conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They married on Nov. 27, 2006. They lived in Bangor, Michigan from 2007-2009, while Garrett
continued to regularly travel to Chicago to oversee management and maintenance of the co-op. Garrett and Susan moved to Colorado Springs in 2010, then to Florissant, Colorado in 2020. Garrett performed handyman work in Colorado Springs, under the business name We Build and Repair, until an on-the-job accident in 2018 left him with limited physical capacity. Garrett also led Bible studies and occasionally preached at their former home church, Heart of Worship.
Garrett enjoyed playing Dominoes, reading and studying the Bible.
Garrett was preceded in death by his parents and older brothers Oscar and Bernard. He is survived by his wife Susan Jackson, daughter Deborah Covert and Deborah’s husband Tim
Covert, grandchildren Sara LaPorta and Jadon LaPorta, brother Bennie, and sisters Pat, Barbara and Lisa.