Jessie Reed West passed away at home in Richfield, Idaho, on May 20th, serenaded by Merle Haggard, loved ones by his side. He had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Jessie was born 12 September 1936 in Pennington Gap, Lee County, VA He was number 5 of 11 children. Jessie joined the Air Force in 1954 at the age of 18. He was sent to Greenland in 1954, then to Alaska in '55 and '56. In 1958, he settled down in Reno, NV, where he completed his military career. He was employed by the Air National Guard as a mechanic, and he ran the motor pool. He retired as Senior Master Sargent, having accumulated 3 years of unused sick leave. Jessie met Winnie Dayley on a blind date on New Years Eve 1958. They were together from that day forward, marrying on July 16th of 1959. They were later sealed in the Dallas TX temple on January 2nd, 1987. The marriage brought 4 children to the world; Teri Lyn 1960, Tami Lee 1961, Jesse Reid 1970, and Sean Michael 1973.
Jessie enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, and arrowhead hunting on the Black Rock Desert when his boys were young. He held many positions, answering various callings for the LDS church.
He loved family time. He had a deep abiding love of children and was fortunate to be blessed with 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren while he was alive. These children will help to carry on his legacy of love and keep his memory alive. He was fun and funny. Kind and caring. Giving and generous. Honorable, honest and trustworthy. He had a work ethic that was truly outstanding.
He is survived by daughter Tami and son, Sean and myriad nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jessie was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years in August 2018, his daughter Teri in February of 22, and his son, Jesse, in March of this year.
Jessie was a pillar in the Richfield community and will be dearly missed by not only his family but the community at large.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 10:00 am until service time at the Church.
Burial will follow on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 pm at the Oakley Cemetery in Oakley.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service - Shoshone Chapel.
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