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Franklin 'Clarke' Jackman


August 10, 2017

Franklin Clarke Jackman, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Care Center after a short illness.

Clarke was born September 10, 1936, in Kansas City, Mo., and was one of four children born to Franklin and Lolita (Russell) Jackman. After graduating from high school in Lawrence, Kan., he attended Colorado State receiving his degree in Animal Husbandry.

On February 2, 1957, he married JoAnn Winder in Windsor, Colo. The couple moved to Thermopolis, Wyo., where Clarke worked on his family’s ranch, the “Mill Iron”. They later purchased the ranch continuing to raise livestock. Selling in 1977, they built a ranch on Highway 20 North where Clarke raised horses.

For most of his life he participated in rodeo. He enjoyed braiding horse tack, roping and was an artist. He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his sons, Richard (Tammy) of Saratoga, Wyo., Donnie (Ruth), Rees (Kerry) and Terry (Crystal), all of Thermopolis; daughter, Janine Watkins of San Antonio, Texas; brothers, Charles Jackman of Kansas and Rees Jackman of Arizona; sister, Judy Warren of Kansas; eleven grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2011; and parents.

Graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery Friday, August 11 at 2 p.m. with The Reverend Joe Galligan officiating.

Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online messages may be offered at


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