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Jess Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson winery, has died at age 81. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which calls him the richest man in Sonoma County, has an extensive obituary and other coverage:


Kendall-Jackson Founder Jess Jackson, Richest Man in Sonoma County, Dies 7 May,2014Jon Brooks

  • I knew Jess Jackson as a lawyer. Mr Jackson and I tried a condemnation case together in 1979 and I have been an admirer of him ever since. Jess was a masterful courtroom tactician, smooth as silk, honest and straightforward , and a genuinely nice guy to work with. Although our association was brief, he had a significant impact on my career as a trial lawyer, and I will be forever thankful for his guidance and friendship.

    It has been fun to watch his stellar career since those days, and as a fellow horseman, I appreciate what he has done for the industry.

    Godspeed Mr. Jackson. You will be missed.

    Godspeed, Mr. Jackson


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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