Seth H. Jackson, MD

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Seth “Butch” Huntington Jackson III
December 16, 1941 – April 14, 2021

“Butch” excelled in all sports growing up so trophies abound the family home from swimming to baseball, basketball, football, and golf (true passion). He graduated from Friends High School with hopes of a career in golf. Family influence was for “the backup plan” to the University of Virginia where he earned a Degree in Medicine in 1968.

With the 100% doctor draft for Vietnam, he joined the Navy. He was the last medical doctor to serve on the Battleship USS New Jersey. He served two tours as the only medical doctor on hand in Kenitra, Morocco at a small air base. Accepting a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia brought the family stateside. He became the Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Great Lakes Regional Naval Medical Center where he ended his military time in 1977 having earned the rank of full Commander.

Always with a tee in his pocket and clubs nearby he would practice that swing.

Relocating to Portland, Oregon was a game changer…. He was on a public course three times a week as he established a private practice. He eventually joined the Downtown Women’s Center where he practiced until retiring from medicine in 2014.

In the meantime, from 1984 to 2012 Seth farmed in Willamina, Oregon as one of the early “organic’ operations before it was a household word. Raising predominantly organic meats, Seth was dedicated to the logo “farm fresh for the health of it”.

He also ramped his passion for golf turning the 40 acre farm into a driving range from the front yard, hitting into the upper fields into the forest. Knowing the yardage to each boundary from his platform securely mounted under the twin oak trees where he would wave with a smile.

He was preceded in death by his parents and great aunt. He is survived by his sister and spouse, nephew, and wife and two cousins. He is survived by his first wife, two children, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He is also survived by his spouse of 46 years, their foster daughter, almost son-in-law, grandson, four sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and great nephews.

Seth’s professional life was dedicated to women’s health care. As an activist in the movement to stop violence toward women, a donation in his name to the Henderson House in McMinnville would be honoring him.