Jackson Riley Cravens, 85, of Pueblo, died Oct. 1, 2011. Jackson was born March 21, 1926, in Chicago, Ill., to Dr. James J. and Lucille Riley Cravens. He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre, 75th Division, during World War II, and also served during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Hanover College (Indiana) in 1950 and did graduate studies at the University of Denver. He married Barbara Hatfield Dowden in 1952. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity; a past president of the Pueblo Charter Lions Club and Pueblo Irish Club; a founding director of the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center; and a life member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He was film director for KOAA-TV for 20 years and later labor liaison for United Way of Pueblo County. He was a film historian and a creative photographer. A member of Ascension Episcopal Church, he served as Acolyte Warden, Vestry member and Lay Reader. Survivors are his wife, Barbara; sons, Dixon (Laura), James (Mary Kay) and David (Karen); grandchildren, Natalie, Rachael, Rachelle, Madeline and Gregory. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at Ascension Episcopal Church, 18th and Grand Ave., with inurnment to follow in the church columbarium. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, 1325 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 204 B, Denver, CO 80222. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Mrs Cravens, Dixon, James, and David,

    We just found out about Jackson and wish to send our condolences on his death. He was a special person and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. I wish we could have attended the service and greeted you in person, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.

  2. To David, Karen, and the family,
    We are so very sorry to hear the sad news. Our hearts and prayers are with you, as always.

  3. Dear Barbara and Family,

    We are remembering you and Jackson from way back and were saddened to hear of his passing. Thinking of you.
    Gerry’s Girls,
    Aleta Oldfield
    & Brenda Gill

  4. Dixon and David,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. I so enjoyed your dad during my years in Pueblo-I loved his smile! May you find peace in the many wonderful memories you have to cherish.

  5. Dear Barbara,
    I just wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry that I will be unable to come the service and receiption for Jack. I do not leave my husband, due to his medical issues.
    I am remembering when I used to live on Iroquois and take care of your sons, just for the fun of it.
    May God bless you in your time of loss.
    Sincerely, Pat (Cronkhite) Mutz

  6. To the family and friends of Jackson Cravens. “All in the memorial tombs will hear his 9 Jesus’) voice and come out.” ( John 5:28,29) Please all ow the God of tender mercies and all comfort to be with you at this sad time.

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