Apr. 14, 1927 - Mar. 9, 2017

Imperial Valley Press - - LOCAL & REGION -

Jessie Carl King went home to be with his Lord on March 9, 2017 fol­low­ing a long, full life. He was born in McLean, Texas to Julius Gar­land and Ruby Lee King on April 14, 1927. Jessie at­tended school in Mertens, Texas when he met the love of his life, Dathon Faye King. The two mar­ried on June 21, 1945. The cou­ple moved often due to him be­ing in the Army and his job with South­ern Pa­cific Pipe­line. They lived in Texas, Colorado, Ohio, New Jer­sey and set­tling in Ni­land, CA in Jan­uary 1956. As well as his pipe­line job, Jessie served the town of Ni­land as their Fire Chief for 36 years. Fol­low­ing their re­tire­ment and to es­cape the sum­mer heat, they trav­eled to Gun­ni­son, CO in their RV. There they en­joyed camp­ing and fish­ing with his brother Leon and his wife Doris. Jessie en­joyed spend­ing time with his sons as they worked on the boys’ cars to­gether, help­ing his daugh­ter with her FFA an­i­mal projects for the fair, spend­ing time with all the fam­ily and lov­ing on his grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren. He also en­joyed go­ing to church, watch­ing sports on TV, es­pe­cially NASCAR, of which he had at­tended sev­eral races.

Ser­vices for Jessie will be held Monday, March 20 at Frye Chapel and Mor­tu­ary in Braw­ley. Vis­i­ta­tion will be at 9 a.m. fol­lowed by Chapel Ser­vice at 10 a.m. Jessie will be laid to rest at Riverview Ceme­tery af­ter the ser­vice.

He was pre­ceded in death by his lov­ing wife of 70 years, Dathon; son, Wen­dell in 2010 and his par­ents.

Jessie is sur­vived by Chil­dren, Michael (Mar­garet) King, Carl­ton (Penny) King, and Pa­tri­cia (Jose) Diaz; daugh­ter-in-law, Sherry King; 11 grand­chil­dren, 11 great­grand­chil­dren, and 2 great- great- grand­chil­dren; sis­ter, Louise Tyson; brothers, Leon (Doris) King, Johnny (Ann) King, and Neal King; brother-in-law, Arthur (Deb­bie) Reaves; and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews all liv­ing in Texas.

The fam­ily sug­gests in lieu of flow­ers a do­na­tion be made in Jessie’s name to the char­ity of your choice.

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