Sportsmen's Club of Fort Worth

2014 Sportsmen of the Year

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Mike was born in Fort Worth on April 6, 1953, to Oscar W. Jr. and Patricia Ankele Brown. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School and TCU. He served on the boards of Steeplechase, Fort Worth Zoological Society, and Jewel Charity. Mike was also a long-time board member and supporter of The Sportsmen’s Club of Fort Worth.Mike was an avid outdoorsman, which he learned at an early age. When he was young his dad took Mike and his brothers to Galveston every year deep sea fishing. You could also find Mike as a little kid standing on the curb at 7:00 a.m. many mornings waiting to go fishing with his granddad at Lake Weatherford. Mike went hunting and fishing all over the world. He hunted deer in South Texas, and elk and deer in Colorado,Wyoming and Montana. He also went on hunts to Africa, and had a number of trophies to show for it. He experienced dove hunting with friends and family in Texas, Mexico and Argentina. He was an accomplished fisherman, be it deep sea fishing in the gulf or the Bahamas, tournament fishing in Mazatlan or vacationing in Cabo. Mike took his family fishing in Alaska for Halibut and later went to Anchorage with Dr. David Beyer and their sons to fish for salmon; “hell of time” he said. Almost every year he took his family along with his Mother to Galveston during the summer to go fishing. And then there were his ranches which he would stock to be a sportsman’s experience. You could always get Mike on a boat. Mike enjoyed the outdoors and made sure everyone did else as well. He loved the adventure of the hunt. The thrill of a shot hitting home. “Fish On” meant there was a battle and he couldn’t be more ready. One of his greatest joys in life was the look on a child’s face when they caught their first fish or were able to shoot for the first time. That is a true sportsman. Jackson was born on October 7, 1946, in Fort Worth to Jack and Robbie Wilson. He graduated from Arlington Heights High School and TCU. He was an Eagle Scout and served in the U.S. Marine Corp. He worked in real estate for Southland Corporation before forming Wilson Properties with his father, and Lone Star Land Company with several friends.Jackson served on the Fort Worth Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment for 15 years.He was a board member of Fort Worth Young Life, Union Gospel Mission, and Shady Oaks Country Club. Jackson was also a long-time board member and supporter of The Sportsmen’s Club of Fort Worth.Jackson grew up hunting, fishing, and golfing with his dad. He loved to bird hunt with his friends all over Texas. He had a passion for working with kids at the Young Life sporting clay shoot. “Poj,” as his grandchildren called him, also loved helping kids learn to hunt and fish at his Wilson Lake Ranch. There are many people who caught their first fish or shot their first gun with Jackson by their side. His greatest joy was passing on his love for the outdoors to his three grandchildren. His enthusiasm for life and love for outdoor sports is what defines him as a true sportsman.