Darold William Jackson, of Saint Charles, Missouri, passed away Saturday, February 23, 2019, at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Helen (Mimi) Jackson for 56 years; cherished son of the late Emil and Bernice Jackson; devoted father of Marie (Joseph) Brahm, Denise (Jeffrey) Ford, and Nancy Jackson; loving grandfather of four grandchildren, Trevor, Phillip, Melissa and Lucy.
Darold received his chemical engineering degree at Northwestern University, with a master’s degree from Washington University. Darold’s 43year career at Monsanto Company ranged from Manufacturing to Information Systems. In a relocation to Belgium Darold served as Director of Management Information Systems and created Monsanto’s Customer Service and Distribution system for Europe and Africa. Upon returning to the United States, Darold became Director of Planning and Distribution Systems.
Always interested in education, Darold served on the Clayton School Board, Washington University, and taught at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. With his wife, Mimi, he created the Lewis & Clark Museum in St. Charles in 1985. When Darold retired he became the first president of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, a living history group using life-size replicas of the Lewis and Clark boats to teach American history programs throughout the country. In 2003 Darold was instrumental in merging the Lewis & Clark Museum and the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles to build the Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum on the St. Charles Riverfront.
As a longtime member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, memorials may be made in Darold's honor to St. Vincent DePaul Society- St. Peter Parish in St. Charles or to the American Parkinson's Disease Association.
Darold was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.