SurfPrep's Austin Jackson dies at 36
Austin Jackson from SurfPrep Photograph - Obituary

Austin Brent Jackson, director of sales and distribution at SurfPrep Sanding died unexpectedly on Jan. 20 in Los Angeles, California. He was 36 years old.

Well-known in the woodworking community, Jackson was recognized in 2021 by Woodworking Network as a Wood Industry 40 Under 40. The 37 individuals who nominated Jackson praised his work ethic, enthusiasm, and service to customers and the community. He also was touted for improving the lives of those he worked with through his positive attitude. "To know Austin was to love him," said Hannah Khalaf, marketing manager at SurfPrep. "He was a kind and loving spirit with a larger-than-life personality and will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched."

Jackson is survived by his wife, Shannon, his parents, Jody and Debbie Jackson, and his siblings, Blake and Crystal.

The cause of death is still being determined. Jackson had recently been diagnosed with Type II diabetes and was undergoing treatment for complications.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to assist his wife. Contributions can be made at A celebration of life is planned for later this year; updates will be posted on the fundraiser page or email [email protected] for information.


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Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at [email protected]