Joaquin Jackson

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H. Joaquin Jackson
Born (1935-11-12) November 12, 1935 (age 79)
Anton, Texas, USA
Relatives Wife Shirley, two sons
Police career
Department Texas Rangers
Country United States United States
Years of service 1966 to 1993
Other work Author, Actor, NRA Board Member

Haynie Joaquin Jackson (born November 12, 1935 in Anton, Texas)[1] is 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. Nick Nolte is said to have modeled his character in the movie Extreme Prejudice on him. He was also a personal friend of Castroville City (Texas) Marshal Frank Hayes who was sentence to life in Federal Prison regarding the murder of Richard Morales. Frank Hayes stated the racial slurs according to court documents that he had killed one Mexican and was going to kill another. Richard Morales died of a double barrel sawed off shot gun blast. Haynie Joaquin Jackson wrote that Frank Hayes was a personal friend of his and he liked him.

Texas Ranger[edit]

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 robbed. 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 "Happy" Shahan, about him, and Shahan then hired Rodriguez for his first singing gigs.[2][3]

Acting career[edit]

Jackson has been in several movies, namely as the character Wes Wheeler in the motion picture The Good Old Boys with Tommy Lee Jones,[4] in a 1997 made-for-TV movie Rough Riders, and in a 1997 TV mini-series, Streets of Laredo based on author Larry McMurtry's book by 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 retired from the Texas Rangers in 1993. He currently lives in Alpine, Texas, where he is the owner and operator of a private investigations firm.[1] His wife, Shirley Conder Jackson, died on February 11, 2012, after a year-and-a-half-long illness. He has two sons, Don Joaquin Jackson and Lance Sterling Jackson. He has two grandsons: Don Joaquin's son Adam Michael and Lance's son Tyler Jackson.

NRA board member[edit]

Jackson is currently a member in the NRA Board of Directors. However somewhat contrary to this position, he has stated that he feels 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.[5]


  • 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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