Obituaries for the week of 12/13/2013

Raymond Bradley “Whippet” Jennings

Clear Creek resident Raymond Bradley Jennings passed from this life Thursday evening Dec. 5, 2013, at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center following a long and courageous battle with liver failure and complications from a recent liver transplant. His loving wife Debbie and sisters Karron and Cathy were at his side.

Born Aug. 30, 1961, in Fremont, to the late Raymond and Sharron Jennings, at the age of two he and his family relocated to the northeastern California lumber community of Westwood where he was raised and educated. Brad graduated from Westwood High School as a member of the Class of 1979 where he lettered in both football and wrestling and as a member of the wrestling team went on to compete in the section finals.

Following his graduation Brad went to work for Brewer Construction where he proudly learned the skills to remodel his own home later in life. At the age of 19, he began a ten-year career with Union Pacific Railroad working as a track maintenance crew member. He was immediately dubbed “Whippet” by his foreman, Mike Floyd due to how fast he moved and did the work. The nickname stuck so well that many new acquaintances only know him as Whippet or simply “Whip.”

In 1981 he met and began a loving relationship with Debra Vincent that later led to the couple’s marriage on July 11, 1987.

Following their marriage he longed to be closer to home with his wife as the railroad job required long weeks away. He hired on with the Collins Pine Company for a brief period of time until he was offered the opportunity to begin his dream job of a golf course grounds keeper, a career he hated to give up due to his failing health in September of 2012.

He will be remembered by many a local golfer for his professionalism at Mount Hough, Bailey Creek, Lake Almanor Country Club, Lake Almanor West, and his favorite, McCloud.

An avid sports fan, he was a passionate Oakland Raiders Fan as his “Raider Room” will confirm, which was filled to capacity every weekend with his and Debbie’s many friends and avid sports enthusiast. He will be remembered in the community for his organization of the local football pool. He was a dedicated San Francisco Giants fan as well as a loyal Sacramento Kings fan. He and his friends attended as many games in person to each of these teams as possible.

Brad absolutely loved living here in the mountains and found great solace in spending time in the outdoors hunting and fishing as well as playing golf, snowmobiling, bowling, horseshoes and numerous other sporting activities. A great love of his was trying his luck in the many gaming establishments of the area, which he was actually pretty successful at. In addition to his many interests, Brad was also a very talented drummer and was the original drummer for the Side FX Band.

In joining his parents in their eternal home, Brad leaves his loving wife, who has been at his side throughout his complicated illness, Debbie Jennings, of Clear Creek; sisters Karron White, of Greenville, and Cathy and her husband Mike Stelzriedem of Eagle Lake; niece Stephanie Stelzriede, of Lake Almanor; nephews, Daniel White, of Chico, Brandon Stelzriede, of Westwood, Jason Stelzriede and his wife Becky, of Westwood, his godson Kameron Stelzriede, whom he was so proud of, and let’s not forget his loving companion Echo, his zealous Golden Retriever. The family would also like to acknowledge that Brad leaves behind literally hundreds of friends, most of whom have been life-long.

A Celebration of Brad’s life will take place 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Clear Creek Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A continuation of the celebration will follow at the Moonlight Bar and Grill in Westwood.

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. The family asks that any rememberances in Brad’s memory be made to the Clear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

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