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March 4, 1937 - September 14, 2019~ Jackie Ray Middleton, 82, died Sept. 14, 2019, at his home in Madras surrounded by loved ones.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jackie 'Jack' Ray MiddletonJackie "Jack" Ray Middleton, 82, died Sept. 14, 2019, at his home in Madras, Oregon. He was surrounded by many loved ones during his journey to heaven.

Jackie was born on March 4, 1937, in Mountain Grove, Missouri, to Ep and Beddie Middleton. Jackie knew a simple life in Missouri with his three brothers and three sisters. His family moved to Metolius, Oregon, around 1950, where he graduated the 8th grade at Metolius Elementary.

He married his beloved high school sweetheart, Marilyn, on June 8, 1957. Jackie worked for PGE at Round Butte, and then went on to the Warm Springs Mill, where he retired from in 1989.

Following his brother Eddie's death in 1979, Jackie and Marilyn bought Middleton Septic Pump Service that his brother had owned. He worked the business while working at the mill. All who knew "Jack" knew how hard he worked. He worked his business proudly for 30 years before selling it to family in 2010, at the age of 73.

Jackie was a devoted father. He was loved and adored by many, most especially his grandchildren. He loved being around family and his closest friends. Jackie was a hunter and fisherman; he hunted yearly with his family and loved taking a break from work to fish at Shearer's with son, Dennis. He was a member of the Madras Elks Lodge #2017 for 35 years. Jackie loved going anywhere with Marilyn in the motorhome; their favorite place to park it was Spirit Mountain Casino. He and Marilyn never missed a Reno or camping trip with their Dupont family. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him.

Jackie is survived by his wife, Marilyn Meritt Middleton; his children, Dennis and Vern Middleton, and Tammie Clark; brother, Dee Middleton; sisters, Louise Clarke, Lena Nisley and Rosemary Tittle. He was a proud grandfather and great-grandfather to 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He had numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends that were his family.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Lee and Eddie Middleton; parents, Ethmer "Ep" Middleton and Beddie Long; grandson, Vernon Middleton; granddaughter, January Middleton; and great-grandson, Kaden Cox.

A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m., at the First Baptist Church on A Street in Madras. Burial will be held Monday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m., at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras.

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