Cynthia Sager Jackson

Born May 12, 1958

Cynthia S. Jackson died at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center on March 25, 2013 as a result of complications from nonsmoking lung cancer. She was born in San Diego on May 12, 1958, the third of 5 children born to Paul and Nancy Sager. She attended San Deguito high school in Encinitas CA. and received her Bachelors degree in Arts from San Diego State University. She later received a Masters of Business Administration from National University. She met her future husband, Trevor Jackson, while attending a year abroad program at Heidelberg University in Germany in 1979. The couple moved to Swan Valley from San Diego in 1993 so that Trevor could work in the Northern Rockies.

Cindy was at first a teacher and then principal for the Santa Fe Montessori School in Solana Beach, California. In 1993 Cindy became the Executive Director of the American Red Cross for Eastern Idaho based in Idaho Falls. She held that position for a number of years before being promoted to the national Red Cross in Washington D.C. She later served as the Executive Director for the Red Cross serving all Western States and the Pacific Islands located in Sacramento. In recent years she took positions with the Red Cross as an interim Executive Director throughout the U.S. Her final two years were based in Norfolk, Virginia as the Chief Executive Officer for the Coastal Virginia Chapter of the Red Cross. She resigned from this position in January because of the cancer. Cindy served as the Chairman for the Swan Valley School Board from 1998 to 1999.

Cindy loved the lifestyle in the Swan Valley area, skiing and snow shoeing in winter and floating the river in summer as well as enjoying the abundant wildlife in her backyard. She always had a number of pet dogs to keep her company. She was a prolific knitter, producing many articles of clothing for friends and family.

Cindy leaves behind a very large number of friends throughout the Red Cross and social life across the nation and in England.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Trevor Jackson of Southampton, England; her parents, Paul and Nancy Sager of Morgan Hill, CA, her brother Marc (Karen) Sager of Apple Valley, CA, her sister Sue (Doug) Jacobson of Pullman, WA, her younger brother Glenn (Kitty) Sager of San Jose, CA and sister Kim (Matt) Sturm of Reno NV. Trevor and Cindy decided not to have any children early in their marriage.

A celebration of life service will be held at the Swan Valley Legion Hall at 4 p.m. on Thursday April 4. In lieu of flowers Trevor suggests that donations be made to the American Red Cross under Cindy’s name.

Trevor would like to acknowledge the professionalism, respect, and courtesy of the Swan Valley and Idaho Falls EMTs, the staff of the EIRMC Emergency room, and the 5th floor medical staff. He would also like to thank his friends in Swan Valley who have provided food, friendship, and comfort during the difficult past few months


  • Celebration of life Thursday, April 4, 2013

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Shirley Bisciglia

May 27, 2013

Dear Trevor, I never met you, but I worked for Cindy in Norfolk. I just came across her obituary today as had been thinking about her. She was a wonderful person, and a great leader. She made my last job with the Red Cross a joy. She had a difficult job in Norfolk and did it with grace and ease.

Mary Buszuwski

April 18, 2013

Dear Trevor, I was deeply saddened to learn of Cindy's death today. She was the first program officer I hired at Red Cross over 12 years ago for a new program that was meant to help build and grow chapters in the Amerrican Red Cross. I attribute much of that program's success to Cindy. It was indeed an honor to have known and worked with her and call her friend. I will truly miss her. My sincere condolences go out to you with the hope that our memories of her will bring comfort to us all in the days ahead.

Gail Dvorak

April 9, 2013

It was with great sadness Chris and I read about Cindy's passing today. What a privilege it was to be a part of her life growing up….going to school and riding our horses together and as a grown up...doing our Lake Powell trips together. Your lady was one very special person who will be deeply missed by all. Those who came in contact with her loved everything about her. Please know you and all the Sager and Jackson family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Glenn Knowles

April 6, 2013

Dear Trevor and the Sager Family,

I am saddened to hear of Cindy's loss. She was always a spark plug of enthusiasm and fun when I fondly recall the years in Heidelberg and at SDSU. She will always be remembered for her quick smile, caring nature, and love of life...and will be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anne-Frances Landis

April 5, 2013

Dear Trevor,

I have just learned of Cindy's death and was deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I have very fond memories of the escapades and hi'jinxs we shared in Heidelberg and then in DC oh so many years ago.
My deepest sympathies to you, Cindy's parents and family. I shall keep you in my prayers.

Kind regards... Anne

Lynne Priest

April 3, 2013

Quite simply, to know Cindy was to love her. Full of grace, kindness, wit and love, the memory of our wonderful Cindy will always be with me - it was an honor to know her. My thoughts are with Trevor, her Mom and Dad, and her entire family.

April 3, 2013

Trevor, I am so sad to hear about Cindy's death. She was an amazingly kind person and I am privileged to have known her. I always picture you two skiing... God bless. Kelly Rebish Gosswiller

David and Linda Hughes

April 2, 2013

From the first moment we met Cindy, we fell in love with her. She will always remain part of our soul. Our hearts go out to you Trevor, Mom and Dad, and the entire family.

Barbara Rounds

April 2, 2013

Trevor, I was so shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of Cyndi. It has been a few years since I left Idaho and for those years I knew you both ( cutting your hair,) I had such a connection . She was such a remarkable lady! The years back east,your travels together, I loved listening to her . She was always on the go, I can't imagine her slowing down even through such a debilitating illness or imagine all pain and suffering you and Cyndi have gone through. My heart goes out to you for all you have endured. She was someone you can never forget. She touched many peoples lives and I want you to know, she touched mine as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and know many share your loss. Sincerely, Barbara (Kehoe)originally from Idaho Falls

Malcolm Branch

April 1, 2013

Trevor - Having had the privilege of being the first To meet Cindy when she arrived in Norfolk, and serve as the Red Cross Board Chair, it has been hard to find words that can possibly express the loss felt. Your extraordinary lady was an amazing shining star on our region. She was a caring, brilliant leader and friend. She set a standard that can not be exceeded. We misse her dearly and know that she is now at peace after valiant fight with her deardful disease. God bless you as you deal with your loss.