Jackson Brodeen, 59, of Avon died Thursday, February 6, 2020 at his home in Avon. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, February 14 at the First Presbyterian Church in Avon. A memorial visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., at the church. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel in Avon is in charge of arrangements.
Jackson Slater Brodeen was born October 29, 1960 in Tyndall to Clair and Jocelyn (Slater) Brodeen.
Jack graduated from Avon High School in 1978. He attended USD/Springfield and SDSU for journalism. Jack worked in Shreveport, LA and California before moving to Pennsylvania to be near his brother Rick for ten years. He moved back to Avon in 1989 to help his parents with the Avon Clarion. Jack enjoyed visiting with farmers and people, reporting the news and taking photos of local events and sports. He also enjoyed political discussions.
Jack married Cathy Bartunek at the First Baptist Church in Avon on December 27, 1997. They were blessed with two children, Slater and Samantha. Jack really focused on spending time with the kids and loved to follow their sports and activities.
Jack was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the SD Newspaper Association, the Avon Economic Development Committee, City Council and had served as Mayor of Avon.
Jack will be remembered for his love for his kids, golfing, boating, sitting on the beach, camping, driving around the countryside, enjoying coffee, visiting with friends, and for being a good cook.
Thankful for having shared his life are his wife Cathy of Avon, son Slater and daughter Samantha Brodeen of Avon; seven brothers and sisters: Pam (Grant) Uecker of Mitchell, Leslie (Vincent) Bruzzese of Staten Island, NY, Nanci (Buck) Timmins of Mitchell, Rick (Renee´) Brodeen of Las Vegas, NV, Peggy (Mark) Hartung of Dallas, TX, Barbara (Randy) Lutmer of Louisville, KY, and Cynthia (Brook) McBride of Seattle, WA; uncle Ken (Pat) Brodeen of San Antonio, TX; aunt Carole Stevenson of Walterboro, SC; mother-in-law Carol (John) Wiechmann of Yankton; sister-in-law Kay (Mike) Mentzer of Miller; and many other relatives and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, uncles Marvin and Darrell Brodeen and aunt Lorraine Olson.