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John Robert Jenkins

1947 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
John Robert Jenkins Obituary
JOHN ROBERT JENKINS October 1, 1947 June 2, 2015 John Robert Jenkins, born October 1, 1947, passed away at age 67 on June 2, 2015, in the Feather River Cancer Center in Paradise, CA. After a valiant battle with lung cancer in the home of his two sons in Chico, CA, he left this earth to be with his heavenly Father. John was born in Newport News, VA, and was preceded in death by his parents Dexter Wiley Jenkins of the Tidewater area of VA and Helen Elizabeth Phillips Jenkins from Silva, NC, and a brother and sister who died shortly after their births. Because his father obtained a job with NASA and his mother was a homemaker, his parents moved from Norfolk to Maryland just outside the beltway in the Washington, D.C., area when John was 13. A graduate of DuVal High School in Lanham, Maryland, John was an avid sportsman: lettering in football, baseball, and wrestling. After graduation, he was offered a college scholarship in baseball, as well as an opportunity to play baseball for a professional team, but he declined because he wanted to go to school at the University of Maryland. With the massive drafting during the Vietnam War, John joined the United States Coast Guard after college and served actively for five years during this era. After his Coast Guard service, John became a stock boy with Stanford Paper and eventually became one of their top salesmen. During this same period, John also took courses with the University of Maryland to help him in the paper business. John is survived by his wife of over 31 years, Patricia Ann Royals and three sons: John Juston and Robert Clayton Jenkins of Chico, CA, and Seth Taylor Jenkins, of Denver, CO. The family lived in Alexandria, Virginia, where all the boys were born, but the family later moved to Monticello, Arkansas, after John's retirement from 28 years of work. John loved the Washington Redskins, playing and watching golf, eating his wife's cooking, watching his kids play sports, and having genuine dining experiences in some of the more prestigious Washington, DC, area restaurants. He also became an Arkansas Razorback fan after his move to Arkansas. John was a strong Republican, and loved being up to date on the news as well as having a strong love for history. Most importantly, he was a born-again Christian with a strong faith and was very knowledgeable of the Holy Bible. A memorial service was held for John in Sacramento, California, on June 5th, 2015. At a later date, his remains will be interred near his parents in Maryland.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on June 16, 2015
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