Armand Frank "Randy" Jackson was born in Chicago on March 28, 1965, the third and youngest child of Ann and Allie Jackson. Armand attended several schools, as his family relocated to rural southwestern Michigan upon grade school, and relocated back to Chicago during middle school. A frequent honors student, he graduated from Kenwood Academy High School and went on to study at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater. In addition to acadamia, Armand was involved in school musical endeavors, singing in the school choir and playing trombone and later guitar and bass guitar beginning in middle school.
Armand's work life began at one of his first loves, the Van Buren Youth Camp in rural southwestern Michigan, where he spent several summers. After college, he worked at a variety of positions in support of local Chicago theaters, expending his time and sweat honing his theater skills. He then took a position with the Leo Burnett advertising agency for a number of years, developing new computer development related skills during his tenure there. Afterwards, as his computer development skills continued to be refined, he became an independent contractor, developing online database and web applications for a number of area clients. Armand continued until health concerns forced him into early retirement.
Armand maintained many interests outside of his work life. Playing music has been a source of joy in his life, and occasionally he performed as a stand in bassist with his local band. Besides playing music, his interests have included singing Karaoke, collecting comic books (for which he also developed his own website FourColorExplosion.com), camping trips, online forum participation, anime, listening to and collecting music, and following his favorite major Chicago sports teams.
Armand passed away on February 22, 2023 from natural causes. He is survived by his brother Anson, sister Allison, brother in law Scott, sister in law Zohreh, nieces Michia, Kimberly, and Jasmine, and nephew Matthew, plus great nieces Jadai and Juanita.
Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, IL