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Haynie Joaquin Jackson (November 12, 1935 – June 15, 2016) was a retired Texas Ranger most notable for his appearance on the February 1994 cover of Texas Monthly magazine, after which he became the icon of the modern Texas Rangers. Jackson died at his home in Alpine, Texas on June 15, 2016.[1]

Haynie Joaquin Jackson
Born(1935-11-12)November 12, 1935
Anton, Texas, United States
DiedJune 15, 2016(2016-06-15) (aged 80)
Alpine, Texas, United States
Relativeswives: Shirley Conor Jackson and Jewely Van Valin, two sons
Police career
CountryUnited States
DepartmentTexas Rangers
Service years1966 to 1993
Other workAuthor, actor, NRA Board member


Texas RangerEdit

Joaquin Jackson was assigned to a wide swath of the Texas-Mexico border from 1966 to 1993. He was involved in a shootout at the Carrizo Springs jail that ended a prison revolt. He captured "The See More Kid," an elusive horse thief and burglar who left clean dishes and swept floors in the houses he burglarized. He investigated the 1988 shootings in Big Bend's Colorado Canyon and tried to understand the motives of the Mexican teenagers who terrorized three river rafters and killed one.

While a Texas Ranger, Jackson was instrumental in starting the career of country singer Johnny Rodriguez. In 1969, a teenage Rodriguez was jailed and would often sing in his cell; Jackson, who overheard Rodriguez and was impressed by his voice, told his friend, music promoter James "Happy" Shahan, about him, and Shahan then hired Rodriguez for his first singing gigs.[2][3]

Acting careerEdit

Jackson was in several movies, namely as the character Sheriff Wes Wheeler in the 1995 motion picture The Good Old Boys with Tommy Lee Jones,[4] in the 1997 made-for-TV movie Rough Riders, and in a 1997 TV mini-series, Streets of Laredo, based on author Larry McMurtry's novel of the same title. Jackson also played the fictional Sheriff Jackson in the 2008 movie Palo Pinto Gold, starring singer Trent Willmon, and appears as Archie in the motion picture Poodle Dog Lounge, released in late 2008. Jackson also served as a role model for Jeff Bridges' character Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton in the 2016 film Hell or High Water.

His last film was Wild Horses released in 2015. Joaquin co-starred with Robert Duvall.


Jackson retired from the Texas Rangers in 1993. He lived in Alpine, Texas, where he was the owner and operator of a private investigations firm.[5] His wife, Shirley Conder Jackson, died on February 11, 2012, after a year-and-a-half-long illness. He married Jewely Van Valin March 11, 2014. They were married until his death. He had two sons with Shirley, Don Joaquin Jackson and Lance Sterling Jackson, and two grandsons, Adam Michael and Tyler Joaquin. His oldest son Don Joaquin is currently in prison for murder, this being the second time another person died in the presence of Don Joaquin. When he was a child while living in Uvalde, TX another child through highly suspicious circumstances and in the company of Don Joaquin killed himself by allegedly playing Russian Roulette in the Jackson home with the famous rangers own personal handgun.

NRA board memberEdit

Jackson was a member in the NRA Board of Directors. However somewhat contrary to this position, he stated that he felt assault weapons should be reserved for military and police use and that he is against high capacity magazines for those not in military or law enforcement.[6]


  1. ^ "Retired Texas Ranger, actor Joaquin Jackson dies in Texas". Kxan. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  2. ^ Texas Country Music Hall of Fame-2007 Inductees: Johnny Rodriguez Archived 2013-10-14 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Caldwell, Cary (September 23, 1998). "A Texas Killing and a Life of Triumph and Trouble". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Joaquin Jackson on IMDb
  5. ^ Jackson, H. Joaquin and Wilkinson, David Marion, One Ranger, A Memoir
  6. ^ Texas Monthly Interview on YouTube
  • One Ranger, A Memoir by H. Joaquin Jackson and David Marion Wilkinson
  • One Ranger Returns by H. Joaquin Jackson and James L. Haley

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