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JENNETTE Nicholas G. Nick Jennette, 63, of East Palatka, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at his home following an extended illness. A native of Jacksonville, Nick resided in Putnam County for 31 years coming from Jacksonville. He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran of the Vietnam War and a purple heart recipient from his injury at the battle of Hue City. Nick began a career in law enforcement working in corrections at the Duval County Jail. After moving to Putnam County, he worked with the Palatka Police Department and as the auto service manager with K-Mart in Palatka. Nick then began with a distinguished career with the Putnam County Sheriff's Dept. where over the next 21 years he would serve in various positions and eventually as Sergeant in the Detectives division. In 1994 he was named Deputy of the Year and in 2010 was Supervisor of the Year. During this time, Sergeant, Jennette also received the PCSO Life Saving Award on two occasions as well as numerous other letters of commendation. Nick also enjoyed several interests outside his law enforcement career. He loved to fish and won the first annual Wolfson Children's Hospital Benefit Bass Tournament as well as numerous other tournaments over the years. He was likewise a classic car enthusiast and in 2011, with his beloved 1969 Chevy Camaro, proudly won the People's Choice Award at the Jacksonville Jam Fest. Nick's fascination with motorcycles, often found him making a spontaneous purchase of a new bike in his quest to up-grade his ride - his last purchase being an Ultra Classic Harley-Davidson. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice Palmer Norton. Nick is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Sheila Jennette, a son, Michael Jennette of East Palatka, a daughter, Erica J. Shanks and husband Jason of Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA, 5 brothers, Jack Jennette, James Jennette and wife Jackie, Art Jennette and Steve Cawthon, all of Jacksonville and David Cawthon of Green Cove Springs, a sister, Delo Bloomfield and husband Harry of Gloucester, VA, 3 grandchildren, Alec Cummings, Jared Shanks and A.J. Shanks, his mother-in-law, Betsy Lyerly of Jacksonville and numerous nieces and nephews. Services celebrating Nick's life will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Victory Christian Fellowship in East Palatka with Rev. Noel White officiating. Burial with full military honors will be Tuesday at 2:30 P.M. at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083, Lannie Road, Jacksonville. The family will receive friends Monday from 5-8 P.M. at Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka. Flowers are gratefully accepted or the family requests memorial donations be made in Nick's memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at www.JohnsonOverturffunerals.com Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Nov. 16, 2012
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