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Jerry Jeff

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Obituary

Jerry Peter Jeff passed away on November 14, 2019 at 4:04pm at his residence on the Santa Rosa Rancheria in Lemoore, Ca, where he lived all his life. He was surrounded by his wife, sister, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren when he left on his journey. Jerry was born in Hanford on April 5, 1945 and was 74 years old at the time of his passing. He also served as an officer in the United States Army during the Vietnam War between 1969 and 1970. He came home in 1970 with an honorable discharge after serving our country.

Jerry loved playing and teaching music and had a band along with his friends called the Redbloods. He was able to travel and play all up and down California and recently had a residency at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino where some of his band members and his Son Jarrold Jeff still play today. He loved the outdoors, prospecting and fishing and was always tinkering around in his yard with his family. Jerry also loved the sport of Boxing and was an avid boxer himself in his younger years. He would sit around in his favorite chair watching boxing matches as well as other combat sports.

Jerry worked as a carpenter as well as a field laborer during his years and sheared sheep for farmers all up and down the Central Valley. More notably Jerry was a member of the Santa Rosa Rancheria tribal Gaming Commission. It was the founding commission that set the rules and regulations for the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino to open Gaming on the Reservation. His practices are still in place today.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 2 years: Nelda Jeff of Lemoore, 5 sons: Jerry Jeff, Mike Jeff, Jacob Jeff, Jake Hunter, Gerald Jeff all of Lemoore, 4 daughters: Tammy Ignacio of Lemoore, Fatima Cota of Porterville, Gina Jeff and Valentina Vega both of Lemoore, 56 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and 1 sister: Caroline Martinez of Lemoore.

Visitation will held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel. A Vigil Rosary Service and Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 22, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with burial to follow at the Santa Rosa Rancheria Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel in Lemoore.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 21st, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, November 21st, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel
    Address
    420 West D Street
    LEMOORE, CA 93245
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Peter's Catholic Church
    Address
    870 N. Lemoore Ave.
    LEMOORE, CA 93245
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Michael Moore

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