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Bruce Lynn Jernigan

1945 - 2018 Obituary Condolences

Age 72, of Thermal, Ca, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018. Bruce was born August 21, 1945 in San Diego, Ca. Bruce grew up in the Imperial Valley where, as a young man, he raised farm animals for 4H. He attended Imperial High School before enlisting in the Air Force in 1962. During his military service with the Air Force (1962-1967) he spent a year in Vietnam (May 65 to May 66). Upon returning from Vietnam, he became longtime resident of Hemet Valley. In 1973, he opened his first sporting goods store after working for Edison and GTE. Bruce would stay in the sporting goods industry throughout his lifetime. Bruce later moved to the desert where he purchased another sporting goods store. He fulfilled a lifetime dream of owning a ranch to raise cattle and hunt. He enjoyed the time spent breeding and raising cattle, much like he had done when he was a boy in Imperial Valley.
He was an avid hunter, going to Africa, Argentina, Alaska, Scotland and too many other states and places to list. He enjoyed the outdoors and beauty of nature and its animals. He also enjoyed his ranch and the cattle, always sitting back and watching the young calves run and frolic around.
He is survived by his mother Laura Evelyn Cronk; sister Anne Cronk; ex-wife Diane Jernigan; children Mark Jernigan, Lynn Keller, Ryan Jernigan and 5 grandchildren.
Funeral service will be on Tuesday, February 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Miller-Jones Mortuary Hemet, located at 1501 W. Florida Ave., Hemet. CA. Graveside service to follow at San Jacinto Valley Cemetery located at 2555 S. Santa Fe St., San Jacinto, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be sent to City of Hope: There are three options that you may choose from:
1. You can make a credit card donation through their website http://www.cityofhope.org/donate (look for "Donate in Honor or Memory of a Loved One (Tribute Gifts)" & follow the instructions from there.
2. You can make a credit card donation by calling their office direct at (626) 218-5483 or our toll free number 1-800-535- 7119 ext. 85483.
3. You may make the check payable to City of Hope and mail your contribution to: City of Hope, Attn: Gift Administration, 1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010. Be sure you include the name of the honoree, as well as their name and address that you would like the card to be mailed to.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 13, 2018
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