Jackson Cantrell

June 29, 1995April 26, 2021

William Jackson Cantrell was born June 29, 1995 in Carrollton, Texas to Craig and Mary Cantrell and passed away on April 26, 2021. He is survived by his parents Mary and Craig Cantrell, sister Mallory Cantrell, his beloved dog Maya and countless aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jackson graduated from Westlake High School in 2014 and then went on to earn his Business degree from St. Edwards University in 2019. When not studying, he loved to play rugby for the St. Edwards team where he made a wealth of friends. Anywhere Jackson went he seemed to attract friends, like his mother, the charismatic young man never met a stranger. A fresh college graduate, Jackson was quickly ascending the business world at Dropoff as an account manager.

Jackson enjoyed traveling with his family and friends to places throughout the Caribbean, Fiji and Costa Rica, anywhere he could be shirtless. He was an avid athlete that skied, snowboarded, biked, participated in motocross with his father, and ran daily. He made the most out of every minute and was sure to get a few reps in between business calls or when he had some down time. His dedication to his health inspired his friends and family daily. He participated in the Austin half marathon before his passing and finished in an impressive 1 hour and 56 minutes.

An Austinite through-and-through, Jackson was a lover of all live music and could be found at ACL, SXSW and local venues regularly. He loved to bring people together and would never hesitate to invite someone to join his group to go out and have fun. A friend to all, he filled his family home with friends, much to his parents’ delight. They spent countless nights hanging out on the back porch, telling stories, busting jokes with his father, and lovingly teasing his mother.

Jackson was a dearly loved son, brother, cousin, friend, dog dad and leaves behind a myriad of funny stories, a wealth of fun and an unimaginable amount of love from friends and family. He was taken much too soon and will be forever loved and missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him.


  • Craig Cantrell, Father
  • Mary Cantrell, Mother
  • Mallory Cantrell, Sister
  • Jackson Cantrell also leaves countless aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and his beloved dog 'Maya' to cherish his memory.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021



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Lisa Edwards

May 3, 2021

I am just a mother of one of Jackson's school friends Ray Eells at both Hill Country and Westlake. I remember I always confused Grant and Jackson but the way I remembered Jackson was that he was the only blond in the group. He was always very polite and so full of energy. I do remember that about him. The boys had such fun, caused quite bit of mayhem and I know Ray has many many fond memories of Jackson (and Brendan & Grant) and their times together.

I pray for your entire family and that somewhere in this unimaginable experience, you can glimpse God's peace.

Lisa (Ray & Sandy)

Richard Wilbert

May 3, 2021

My deepest condolences go out to the entire Cantrell family. I had the pleasure of getting to know Jackson at Chris and Megan's wedding while we sat in the hotel the afternoon before the ceremony. Jackson was engaging, thoughtful, intelligent and just an absolute pleasure to converse with. My heart bleeds for your loss but there must be pride in the fact that you parented such an outstanding young man. Bless you. Rich

Joy Parker

May 1, 2021

Please know that you are in my mind & heart. May Jackson’s memory be for a blessing.

Esther Verges

May 1, 2021

Jackson – My favorite fourth roommate, and most reliable source of laughter. I could go on about how much I will miss you, but you already know that. Yasmine, Ana, and I will forever cherish you walking in the front door of Sherwood, during our time at St.Ed’s, like you paid rent.  You followed us to Mexico as the only boy on our spring break girls’ trips; not once but twice! You kept us safe and full of laughter. In Jackson fashion, you convinced the owner of the cenote we found in the Yucatan Jungle that you were a professional diver and drafted a waiver on a cocktail napkin and leapt off a 100 foot cliff into the Caribbean blue and very cold cenote waters. See Jackson’s “I Love You Mom Leap” -

In New Orleans, celebrating my and Grace’s 21st birthday, I quite literally wet myself watching you righteously pee on my twin sister’s boyfriend’s bed when he chose her birthday celebration to break up with her.  You were so “Jackson.”  I don’t know what to do next. I know there’s not another like you, but I was so damn lucky to share this life with you.

Greg and Cindi Wishon

May 1, 2021

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your son, Jackson. May your beautiful memories sustain and bring comfort to you during this difficult season. Please accept our deepest sympathies. May your memories of Jackson and the love of your family surround you and give you strength and peace in the days ahead. Sorry that we cannot be there today with you. You all are in our thoughts and prayers today!!! Love you!! -Cindi and Greg

Jenna & Andrew Crockett

May 1, 2021

No words describe the sadness we are feeling for the beautiful Cantrell Family at this time. Although we only met Jackson a couple of times in Steamboat, he always seemed like the ‘fun’ guy who would go out of his way to put a smile on everyone’s face!
Mary, Craig & Mal - wishing you strength for today and comfort in days ahead, knowing how much Jackson meant to so many.
Rest easy Jackson ♡

Sending our love, Andrew & Jenna

John Michael Di Mercurio

April 30, 2021

To the Cantrell Family,

Jackson was a person you only meet once in a lifetime. He embodied what it meant to be an Austinite. His beautiful spirit blessed so many people's lives. Thankful to have gotten to know him. Rest easy my friend. This is and always will be your city!
May Jackson be at peace with the Almighty. He lives through us forever.

With love from John Michael Di Mercurio (JM)

Lora and Jim Gentry

April 30, 2021

May the Lord wrap his arms around you Jackson and help Mary , Greg and Mallory thru this time. You were taking much to young. You will be missed.

Katie and Evan Kastner

April 30, 2021

Evan and I are so very sorry for your loss. We got to know Jackson through Mary's tender stories of his boyhood. He was a blondie with boundless energy that always made his mamma and papa proud. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Much love- The Kastner family

Mary Arendes

April 30, 2021

Jackson was full of life and living life to the fullest - a prince among men. RIP Jackson - the world will miss you.