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Jeffrey Ross Shepard

1970 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
JEFFREY ROSS SHEPARD September 1, 1970 - July 7, 2018 Jeffrey Ross Shepard, 47, died at home in Chico on Saturday, July 7th, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He leaves a huge hole in the Chico community, and the hearts of many. "Kind," "genuine," "carefree," "larger-than-life..." these are just some of the sentiments from his many circles of friends, who are all better for having known him. Jeff brought laughter and light-hearted fun everywhere he went. He loved his family immensely, and was incredibly proud of his kids. Born to Phil and Kathy Shepard in Vallejo, CA, the Shepard family moved to San Jose where Jeff and his sister Erin grew up on Zion Lane, surrounded by wonderful neighbors and raised in a supportive environment that shaped Jeff into the man we knew. He attended Piedmont Hills High School, where he made friends with a standup group of guys and played football for the Pirates. After graduating high school in 1988, Jeff moved to Chico where he attended Butte College and then Chico State. Jeff and his best friend Bob joined the beloved brotherhood of Tau Gamma Theta fraternity together and created a crazy trail of stories that would be told for years. Jeff also served as president of the fraternity, which sparked his interest in leadership and community service. In 1993, Jeff earned his Bachelor's degree in Instructional Design from Chico State, along with his future wife, Marjorie. After graduation, Jeff and Margie were both hired at The Dublin Group, a consulting company in San Francisco. They became fast friends, started dating, and after Jeff proposed at the top of the Space Needle, they were married at Bidwell Presbyterian in Chico in 1995. The couple lived in Mountain View, then bought their first house in Willow Glen area of San Jose. Jeff worked at startups Academic Systems, Altera, and 2Wire. In 2002, Jeff and Margie welcomed their twins, Joseph and Eleanor. Looking for a "simpler" life, Margie persuaded Jeff to move back to Chico later that year. Jeff eventually co-founded Precision Business Associates, an IT consulting company, in 2004. Jeff was a real "people person," loved by his PBA family and clients throughout the North State. A man of many talents and interests, Jeff could fly a plane, was an avid San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan, and was also a skilled motorcyclist and member of the Paradise Ridge Riders. One of the highlights of Jeff's life was serving as Chico Noon Rotary President in 2016-17. He loved planning for the weekly meetings with Pat Conroy, his secretary, and was often times unpredictable and hilarious at the podium. Among his many recognitions, Jeff received the Paul Harris Fellowship award in 2011, exemplifying "service above self." Jeff remains, and always will be, a superhero to his family. Not only was he an incredibly fun father, he was encouraging, inspiring, fully-dedicated to his kids' education, and passionate to teach them about the value of citizenship and community. Jeff was one-in-a-million. We love him and miss him dearly. Jeff is survived by his loving wife Marjorie Shepard (Streich); his adoring children, Joe and Ellie, parents Phil and Kathy, sister Erin, her husband Matt, their daughters Megan and Keira, grandmother Darlene McCulloch, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, in-laws, and many, many friends. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, July 21st at 4pm at the Chico Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Chico Rotary Foundation Scholarship in memory of Jeff Shepard; P.O. Box 11 Chico, CA 95927; or to the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center https://braintumorcenter.ucsf.edu/make-gift; in memory of Jeff Shepard. You may share your thoughts online at NewtonBracewell.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 12, 2018
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