Jean Etcheverria Jean was born on November 29, 1922 in Arneguy, France to Jean Etcheverria and Marie Pouchulu. He passed away peacefully on April 6, 2013 in San Rafael, CA at the age of 90. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Maria Victoria. He is also survived by his son, Jean Baptiste and daughter-in-law, Linda. He leaves behind his grandchildren Judy and her husband Danny, Stephanie and Katie which he loved very much. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Miguel Anchordoqui and his wife Rosario and their children Maribel and Jose Miguel, his nephew Michel Etchemendy and his wife; his nieces Mary Ansolabehere, Annette Durritzague, and Mariana Etcheverria who live in the United States, and many more nieces and nephews living in France and Spain. Jean came from France in 1947 to work as a sheepherder in Buffalo, Wyoming and in 1950 went to Chino, California where he bought his own herd of sheep and worked until 1970. At that time he went back to France and married Maria Victoria Anchordoquy. They then moved to San Rafael, California. In 1972 they moved to San Francisco and ran the Royal Hotel for 15 years. After that they came back to San Rafael and have been here since. Jean was very proud of his Basque heritage and was an active member of the San Francisco Basque Cultural Center and several other Basque Clubs in California. He could often be seen playing cards with his friends at many Basque events. But the thing he enjoyed the most was his garden. He would spend hours tending to his vegetables and flowers. Jean cherished spending time with his family and friends who were very important to him. Donations can be made to the Strong as Steele Foundation, www.strong-as-steele.org, Children's Cancer Foundation, or you can make a donation to one of your choice. The visitation is 4:00 - 8:00 PM Wednesday, April 10, at Monte's Chapel of the Hills, 330 Redhill Avenue, San Anselmo, CA. The mass and Christian burial is 10:00 AM Thursday at Saint Raphael Catholic Church, 1104 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael. The final resting place is Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, San Rafael.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Apr. 9, 2013