Michael was born in Bryan, Texas, to George and Dixie (Bateman) Jackson on February 27, 1958, and passed away April 12, 2015, in Cordell, Oklahoma, at the age of 57. He was raised in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Honey Grove, Texas. He attended Honey Grove High School, graduating from there in 1976. Michael then attended East Texas State University, graduating in 1980, with a BS Degree in Business. On September 14, 1991, Michael married the love of his life Marla Kilgore in Estes, Colorado. They moved to Cordell, Oklahoma, in 2011, to be closer to family throughout the United States. In 1996, Michael and Marla founded Brazos Associates Inc. This company is a regulatory consulting firm for environmental chemical research firms throughout the US. Michael enjoyed spending time outdoors golfing, fishing, and hiking. He loved spending time in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. Outdoor landscape photography was a very enjoyable hobby.