Getting to Know You!

Each month we’ll feature a St. John’s member so we can get to know each other better. 

Getting to know you: Peter & Tracey Jackson

  There are friends, there is family, and then there are friends that become family” (Unknown).

Quite literally, Peter and Tracey Jackson could be the poster couple of that saying. Growing up in the Cedarburg area, they met at a very young age when Peter became best friends with Tracey’s brother. Time hanging around eventually led to Peter and Tracey beginning a relationship and then getting married in November 1989. Their first child, Patrick, was born in March 1990 and their second, Tricia, in December 1992. After making the short move to Grafton, Tracey and Peter became a big part of the community through their children playing baseball and softball from early on and into high school.

In 2013, they lost Patrick to a sudden auto accident, which would change their lives and the lives of others. A year later, Tracey had the idea of giving back to the community, so she and Peter started the Patrick Jackson Memorial Foundation. Their charitable efforts have had the ripple effect of turning their nuclear family tragedy into positive community outreach: They, along with close friends, have successfully raised approx. $20K to provide scholarships each year for Grafton H.S. graduates and a scholarship to Moraine Park Technical College for a student in the Electrical Distribution program, donate to a family that has a child with life-threatening illness, and other community needs.

Peter and Tracey became members of St. John’s shortly after Patrick’s passing. They’ve participated in Bible study with Barb P. and helped with young ones during Sunday services. Tracey also served on Church Council. 

May 2019 brought a special reason to celebrate when Tricia married Dominic DiSalvo. The DiSalvos started their family in Grafton in June 2021 when Chloe Rose entered the world. Peter and Tracey became Papa and Nana with pure excitement! Fast forward to this past February when Brynley Katherine surprised everyone by arriving 10 weeks early – she was extra excited to come meet the family!

Fun Facts:

• Tricia was Grand Champion of the Ozaukee County Fair demolition derby – twice! – and both Peter and Patrick won a trophy for the truck category. Tracey gave it a shot, didn’t win, but still had a ball.  

• Speaking of shot, Peter, Tricia, and Dominic successfully took down a black bear in the WI Northwoods. Tracey likes the thrill of the hunt but is content to just enjoy the meat the others provide. 

• Patrick’s incentive for a job at age 14 was he wanted to save money for a Minneapolis Moline tractor. His grandpa and him were in cahoots, and went up north to buy a used one. Weren’t his parents surprised when Patrick (and Grandpa) pulled into the driveway with a tractor!

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