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Jackrel, Rebecca - Boston  
Rebecca Robin Jackrel 43, passed away on Sunday, May 3rd two years after being diagnosed with incurable cancer. After a long winding path - starting with a Masters in music education in New York, to working at a solder manufacturing company in Texas, to providing Quality Assurance at a software company in Silicon Valley, to practicing as a Veterinary Technician at pet hospitals in San Francisco - Rebecca finally found her passion as a wildlife photographer. In the short time she had to practice her art, Rebecca journeyed to all seven continents. With her focus on conservation, she highlighted the dangers of the Pacific Garbage Patch to her beloved albatross, the great toll climate change has inflicted on polar bears, the horrible boat wounds suffered by manatees and more. She also captured the beauty of the natural world, from penguins warming their eggs in Antarctica, to a humpback whale relaxing with her calf in the Dominican Republic, to a polar bear swimming through a glowing twilight near the North Pole. Her crowning achievement was the Ethiopian Wolf Project, a program she created to raise awareness for the critically endangered Ethiopian Wolf. In 2011, after spending five weeks in the highlands of Ethiopia accompanied by fellow wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas, Rebecca produced "The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction", the definitive book on this unique creature and its struggle for survival. Rebecca's work can be seen at her website: , or through her stock agencies: Alamy, Getty, AGE Fotostock, Danita Delimont and PhotoShelter. More of her work, insights into her process and her chronicle of living with cancer can be found at her blog: . Rebecca's photographs will be featured in the upcoming book "When Mountain Lions are Neighbors: Wildlife in Today's California", by Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, to be published in early 2016 by Heyday Books. Rebecca's art, her dedication to conservation, and the grace and strength with which she faced her final years are an inspiration to us all. Please make any contributions in Rebecca's name to: The Wildlife Conservation Network, Defenders of Wildlife, Forests Forever.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 24 to May 29, 2015
Janin, Blaine - San Francisco  
Blaine Covington Janin Blaine Covington Janin, age 72, died peacefully on Saturday, May 16, 2015 surrounded by family and friends at UCSF Hospital in San Francisco, California. He is survived by his wife Susan and their two Maine Coon cats, Lilly and Sammy. He is also survived by his brother Henry Huntington ("Hunt") Janin, his nieces, Michele Janin (Tom Linebarger), Nicole Janin Sheehan (Andy) and Melanie Janin Robadey (Jean-Luis), his nieces' children Alexandra, Emily, Alexander, Justin, Layne, Julian, Luca, Alicia and Juliette, and his devoted caregivers, Darcy Alexander and Choi Reyes. Blaine was born in San Francisco California on November 29, 1942 to Henry Covington Janin originally of Chiselhurst England and Evelyn Ewing Salisbury originally of Salt Lake City Utah. He resided in San Francisco during his entire lifetime. Blaine graduated from Stanford University in 1965 and from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1968. He served in Vietnam first as a pilot of F-4 Phantom jets. On his 186th mission, his plane was hit by a missile over Hanoi. He successfully flew the disintegrating jet out to the coast where he and his navigator ejected and were rescued. Thereafter he served at the MACV headquarters in Saigon. After his military service, he began his legal career at Pillsbury Madison and Sutro. He and two friends later formed their own law firm Horning Janin and Harvey where he enjoyed practicing law for many years. Ultimately he became a solo practitioner and continued practicing law until his retirement in 2011. He married his wife Susan in 1990 and they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary shortly before his death. He and Susan divided their time between their homes in San Francisco and the Russian River. Blaine and Susan both loved to travel and they cruised around the world for several months each year. Blaine loved cooking and was a fabulous gourmet cook, much to Susan's delight and relief. His other passions included opera, gardening, and photography. A private celebration of his life will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the San Francisco SPCA or another animal welfare organization of your choice.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 20 to May 22, 2015
Jessup, John - Atherton  
John Batho Jessup March 19, 1922 - May 20, 2015 Born in Roslyn, New York, son of Everett and Helen Jessup, he attended St. Paul's school, New Hampshire, and Princeton University. John died peacefully at home with his family in Atherton, California. John was married to Elizabeth (Lee) Anderson of Princeton, New Jersey and is survived by their three children, Deborah, John (Toby) and David. The couple moved to California in 1948 where they lived in San Francisco, Redwood City and Atherton. Following Lee's death in 1981, John married Carolyn Havre (Fox) of Berkeley and Woodside, California (died 2013). John was brother of Richard Jessup of Mill Valley (died 2012). Surviving sisters are Mary Amonette of Ross and Joan Eddy of Boston, Massachusetts. John's residential construction career included many years as a general contractor building notable homes designed by architect Cliff May. He continued designing his own additions and upgrades for many clients. John enjoyed winemaking and caring for his vineyard. He was an avid skier and tennis player. John was a faithful and generous friend to many throughout his long life. His words and poetry will be long-remembered. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church in Portola Valley on June 5th, 2 PM.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 31, 2015
Jones, Casey - San Francisco  
Casey Jay Jones July 13, 1975 - May 2, 2015 Casey Jay Jones died unexpectedly in his home on May 2, 2015 in San Francisco, CA. He was 39. Casey was born on July 13, 1975 in Rockford, IL to his parents, Jerry and Carmen Jones. He graduated from East High School, Rockford, IL, in 1993. He proceeded to attend Rock Valley College to pursue his passion in Art. Casey later moved to Phoenix, AZ where he met his lifelong partner, James Laushway and became engaged in 2004. Casey and James moved to San Francisco, CA in 2011 where he was able to thrive in the art world by starting up his own business, Art Ignite Design, LLC. Casey was a very talented artist who had the privilege of working with many notable clients. Casey quickly moved up through the ranks in everything he applied himself to. At age 19, he managed teams of people twice his age, and they respected and loved him. He was a role model, a mentor, and a muse. His humor, creativity, and personal joy were incomparable. Everyone considered Casey a "best friend". Casey took great pride in being the best partner, son, brother, uncle, and friend. Casey is survived by his mother and father, Jerry and Carmen Jones of Phoenix, AZ, his sister and brother-in-law Tracie and Joshua Perdue of Washburn, ND, his nephews, Jacob Leonard and Kyle Perdue, his niece, Liv Perdue, his fiance', James Laushway, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends he considered "family". He is preceded in death by his grandparents Concha Guzman and Trinidad Guzman, grandparents Beverly Baitinger and James Orval Jones. Casey was viewed by close family on May 7, 2015 at Green Street Mortuary in San Francisco, CA. A celebration of life memorial for Casey's close friends took place on May 9, 2015 at Reuben Aldeen Park in Casey's hometown of Rockford, Flowers and condolences may be sent to Jerry and Carmen Jones at 21449 N. 34th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85027.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 24, 2015
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