Joshua Shy Jackson


Joshua Shy Jackson


Joshua Shy Jackson was born on February 27, 1968, to Gordon and Carolyn Jackson in Salt Lake City, Utah. He grew up in Miles City. He was blessed with a wonderful childhood. He loved to share fond memories of growing up at Pine Hills School. He would follow his dad around like a shadow. He loved being in the gym and adored watching his dad coach and guide the trouble youth. Throughout his school years, he played every sport he could. Josh’s love of sports was equal to his love of music. This love of music came to fruition when he joined the local rock band “Pegasus.” He laughed at the fact that he was the lead singer because, in his words, he couldn’t sing. He said it worked out, though, because the music was so loud and the fans loved his stage presence. Josh always worked hard and played hard.

With encouragement from his mother, he began his education in nursing. He laughs, recalling, “I didn’t even know I wanted to become an R.N.” He graduated from the University of Mary in 1991 and began what would be a very successful nursing career. He quickly climbed the ladder and earned the position of charge nurse of a 24-bed ICU unit. Josh was later invited to join the flight team and spent six years caring for and transporting the sickest of the sick. Ironically, Josh’s life journey came full circle as he himself was cared for and transported by a flight team. One of Josh’s biggest accomplishments was his anesthesia career. After a near-crash as a flight nurse, he decided to stay on the ground and applied to anesthesia school at the University of North Dakota. With limited seats available, he felt confident that his stellar résumé and polished interview would win him a coveted seat. Sadly, he received news that he was sixth alternate. He decided maybe selling cars might be a better alternative; however, he soon received a second letter welcoming him to UND. He has often used his analogy of “sixth alternate” to encourage others who may be struggling. Encouraging us to never give up, even when the odds are stacked against you. He graduated at the top of his class from UND in 1998 and continued a 22-year long anesthesia career.

Josh was a big man with a big heart, a big laugh and a big presence. He cherished his family and close friendships.

In 2018, he and Carol married (he will happily add “by the King of Rock and Roll”!). They danced during the ceremony, danced in their kitchen, on their deck under the lights and occasionally even in Safeway. Josh, you are truly loved and will be truly missed.

Josh is survived by his parents, Gordon and Carolyn Jackson of Billings; children Gabe (Carolyn ) Esteves of Missoula; grandchildren Isabella and Wyatt, Alicia Esteves, Miles City; grandson Kylin, Stella Jackson, of Spicewood, Texas, Hank Jackson of Richland, Washington. When Josh and Carol married, she blessed Josh with her three children and two grandchildren who Josh cherished as if they were his own: Nathan Eversole, Richland, Caleb Eversole, Richland, Holly Fife (Mathew) Selah, Washington, and grandchildren Ryker and Archer Fife, Selah. He is also survived by beloved siblings Trevor (Linda), Sheridan, Wyoming, Ashley Johnson, Billings (nieces Lily and Avery) and Cecily McDonald (Patrick)( nieces Ali and  Aria), Issaquah, Washington.

Visitation will be 4-6pm Tuesday at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Graveside services will be 11am Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

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11 thoughts on “Joshua Shy Jackson”

  1. Jessie Leidholt

    Jim and I can’t find words big enough to express how sad we are for the loss of dear Josh. Hugs to all of you with all of our love.

  2. Jim and Cathy Bastian

    We are so very sorry! There is nothing that compares to the loss of a child. Your family is in our prayers as you go through this difficult time. May the Lord hold you close! Jim and Cathy Bastian

  3. Carolyn, Gordie and family. I am so grief stricken for your family I can barely breathe. I think of you every time I go by your house and miss the old days and our clinic family. You were a mama bear to be feared Carolyn. ❤️ Your grief must be beyond comprehension. I am praying for healing and peace for all of your hearts. My love….Cheryl

  4. Kathy & Verne Schlepp

    We are so saddened to hear of you loss. Hugs and prayers to you Gordy and Carolyn and your entire family. We’re remembering what a happy boy he was here in Miles City.

  5. Nancy Ugrin Bond in company with the Ugrin Family

    Our condolences to the Jackson family in the loss of Josh. What a wonderful story you’ve shared about his life, and what a wonderful fella he turned out to be. Josh surely he sits In peace with the lord today. God bless you all as you pass through this most difficult time.

  6. Renae Crittenden

    I have spent the last 6yrs doing mobile anesthesia with Josh. We could tell some wild stories. Last one was just a few weeks ago, a 7yr old kid kicked our butts! Between Josh, Adam and myself we could not contain that kid. It was like he had super powers. When it was all over Josh sat down and went right back to work like nothing had happen. Later he said “ well that was fun” Josh was great with the kids, getting them to blow the balloon up. He would give them a high 5 and then say you want to be our champion? Josh you have no idea how much we will miss you. Rest In Peace my friend. Renae

  7. Kathy Madsen Barnes

    Many years ago I babysat for Carolyn and Gordon. I was just a kid myself and Josh was an adorable little boy. He would get up from a nap and just want to sit on my lap for, at best, 5 minutes. One day he was supposed to be taking a nap and I was in the kitchen baking cookies. Every time my timer would go “ding” Josh would show up in the kitchen! I think we gave up on the nap and just ate cookies. I will remember him always. May your memories serve you well. God’s peace to his entire family.

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