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Ranger grabs slice of his youth

Bank gives painting to Texan 34 years after sitting

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2016 10:40 am

EDITOR’S NOTE: This 2007 story from the OA archives featured a then 71-year-old Joaquin Jackson. Jackson died Wednesday at his home in Alpine.

The vibrant blue eyes of a portrait painting came to life Tuesday, when the 6-foot-5, broad-shouldered frame of Joaquin Jackson stood next to his resemblance and shared his story.

Reflecting the younger days of the 71-year-old retired Texas Ranger, the 1973 painting was presented to Jackson in an emotional reunion at the Western National Bank, 801 N. Texas Ave. — after being hidden in a storage room for four years.

Jackson, an Alpine resident and co-author of his memoir “One Ranger,” said he served as a Texas Ranger for 27 years and was thankful to finally re-unite with the painting he posed for 34 years ago — though it did point out some changes.

“I’m wearing a smaller brim hat,” Jackson said. “I was 37, and I looked a hell of a lot different than I do now.”

Portraying the western lawman with revolver and badge, the old painting hung at Western National Bank’s main branch on 2700 W. County Road.

David Boutin, vice president of commercial lending, said the artwork was purchased at an auction for $500 by board chairman Clay Wood who hoped to add to the western theme of the bank.

“We’ve had it for a long time,” Boutin said. “It’s really a fine piece of art.”

Changing to a more contemporary feel about four years ago, the bank’s western décor, including the Jackson painting, was put in storage until it was recently discovered by a loan assistant who refinished the frame around it.

Boutin said the painting’s quality and detail raised curiosity among bank staff who contacted the Ranger association about who the poser was.

“This isn’t someone’s imagination, this has to be a real person,” he said.

With Ranger Joaquin Jackson as the real person, Boutin said bank officials happily gave him the portrait as a gift well received.

“This is not the normal banking business we’re used to — this is fun, it’s a lot of fun,” he said.

Midlander Dorothy Moring, Jackson’s sister, said she was thrilled to finally see the painting her brother had talked about.

“I always wanted to see it, and I looked for it for years,” she said. “This is just absolutely astounding.”

Jackson’s wife of 44 years, Shirley Jackson, said she was already imagining the portrait in their home.

“We’re picking out the place to put it,” she said.

Joaquin Jackson said he still remembers standing for three hours a day for painter Barrie Tinkler at a motel in Uvalde where the portrait was made.

“I posed for this thing for three days while the light was right,” he said. “It got pretty aggravating.”

Inspecting the image, Joaquin Jackson recognized a pocket-watch chain and gun belt that he still owns to this day — souvenirs of the Ranger life expressed in the painting.

“This is a great honor to have this,” he said. “It’s like being reborn."

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