JESSE WEST 11/11/1921 - 5/14/2013 Brave and commendable in life as well as death, Jesse West died peacefully surrounded by his family on May 14, 2013 in Sun City, CA. He moved to Canyon Lake, CA in October 2011, but prior to that, he and his wife Maxine enjoyed nearly 30 years of friendship and activities in Hesperia and he continued to consider Hesperia his home. One of seven children, Jesse was born to Cora Mae and Samuel Earl West on Nov 11, 1921, in Tonkawa Oklahoma near Three Sands Oil Field, one of the best known oil fields in history. Jesse's father was a building contractor and as the oldest son Jesse was exposed to the building trades at an early age working summers and week-ends on new houses, remodeling and commercial buildings. In 1939 Jesse enlisted in the army. He served in the 45th Infantry Division in WWII in the European Theater as a Technical Sergeant. Jesse participated in 4 amphibious landings and the liberation of countless towns and villages in Sicily, Italy and France. He was discharged in July l945 as a 5-Stripe Sgt. having earned an EAME Service Ribbon, Service Stars and a Bronze Star Medal. Returning home to Oklahoma, Jesse married Maxine Copeland on December 31st 1945. Shortly thereafter, they moved to southern California where he found employment as a general construction superintendent. In 1955 he secured his California General Contractor's License. He and Maxine purchased land in the quiet walnut groves near La Puente and built their home which became the hub of their own construction business. He built apartment buildings, housing tracts and custom homes in the newly developing communities of Orange County and the San Gabriel Valley of the 1960's and '70's. In 1980 he created the plans and architectural drawings for a business associate's home in the Oak Hills area of Hesperia and decided to buy a lot, build his own home and retire there. Jesse was preceded in death by his wife Maxine and five of his six siblings. He will be missed by sons Gary (Irene) West of Las Vegas NV and Bill (Carol) West of Corona CA, brother Samuel E West, 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. He had a big heart, a limitless sense of humor and was always willing to help those in need. He will be greatly missed. Visitation will be held at 10am with funeral service at 11am on Friday, May 24th at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 24000 Waalew Road, Apple Valley, CA 92307.
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Published in the Daily Press from May 19 to May 21, 2013