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Frederick High School assistant principal Doug Jackson died Jan. 13 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 54.
Jackson had been an assistant principal at Frederick for 22 years. He worked …
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Jackson had been an assistant principal at Frederick for 22 years. He worked alongside his former boss, Pete Vargas, for eight years.
“Doug was one of the smartest people I have ever met,” said Vargas, who is the principal at Harrison High School in Colorado Springs. “I used to tell him, ‘Dude you know everything.’ But most of all he was great for kids. There was never a day when I saw him in a bad mood, always greeting students, always having conversations.”
On Facebook, former FHS student Brooklin LeBon said she talks highly about her high-school experience.
“One of those reasons was the staff,” she said. “Mr. Jackson always checked in, supported every sporting event and was one of the best assistant principals Frederick High School had. It was an honor to have such an incredible leader throughout my experience.”
“Doug was a great guy,” said FHS alumnus and softball coach Roger Dufour on Facebook. “He coached for me for three years .. so calm and collective.”
Another FHS alum and present golf coach, Chris DeSantis, knew Jackson for almost 20 years.
“I got to know to you as a teacher and all the way to being my administrator as a head coach, and we would talk how the area grew,” DeSantis posted on Facebook. “The community was always lucky to have you. You gave me the chance to see you as a teacher but outside of classes.”
Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The St. Vrain School District's crisis response team is available for staff and students.
"The passing of someone we know is always difficult and will affect each of us differently," said a note sent to Frederick High School pareents. Some may recover quickly, yet others may take mukch longer to process their feelings."
“Mr. Jackson had an impact on so many students throughout his career, and I hope that his legacy can continue throughout the halls of Frederick High School,” LeBon said.
"How sad," said former student Nathan Cummins on Facebook. "Always had a huge smile on his face."
“You were roughly the age I am now when we first met,” DeSantis said. “You taught me so much, and I thank you for always taking time out of your day to chat with me.”
“Doug even reached out to me when my brother passed in October,” Vargas said. “I had no clue he was sick. The conversation was checking on me. I’m going to miss him.”
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