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Jeannine Lorae Martineau

1954 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Jeannine Lorae Martineau Obituary
JEANNINE LORAE MARTINEAU left to be with her Lord and Savior on June 25, 2014. She had fought valiantly against cancer that she battled more than three different times in her life. A Celebration of Life memorial service is planned on Saturday, July 19 at 11am at Temescal Canyon High School's Performing Arts Center in Lake Elsinore. Survivors include her husband, Bill; sons Eric and Jeffery, one granddaughter, Ronni; sister Sandy and family of Lake Elsinore. Jeannine was born December 12, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio to Lois and Ray Knight. When she was one, the family moved to the West Coast and she graduated from Western High School as class valedictorian in 1973. She attended California State University, Long Beach, earning her BA in English Literature. She earned a Masters in Boardmanship through a program she helped start and Masters in Governance. The family moved to Lake Elsinore where they became immediately involved in the community through sports, church work, and volunteer service. Jeannine volunteered at several schools, was active in the PTA, and was a room mother and a team booster parent. She worked with the Temescal High School Football Boosters in gathering people to cook meals for the annual "Happy Camp" training sessions, helping youngsters who needed equipment with sponsorships and fundraisers. Jeannine was also a member of New Song Christian Community in Lake Elsinore. In 1991, Jeannine was elected to the Lake Elsinore Unified School District Board of Trustees, and she immediately became active in CSBA as a delegate. She became a CSBA Director and in 2002-03 served as the President of California School Board Association. She was also appointed to the California State Board of Education by then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in an advisory capacity. Jeannine lobbied the California Legislature intensely for the $22.1 million needed to complete Temescal Canyon High School and she and then-Superintendent Dr. David Long were able to announce the funding was approved and the school was finished. The large gymnasium at the school was named the Jeannine Martineau Thunderdome. Her signature was a hug for every child she dealt with and at graduations, no one passed through the line without getting hugged. Just as important, she was able to call most students by their first names. Her love and enthusiasm for sports brought her into contact with lots of local students and she was a regular fixture at football, baseball, basketball games and other sporting events. Her expertise in sports was tapped and she was appointed to the CIF Southern Section Board of Directors. Jeannie enjoyed cooking, entertaining, camping and doing calligraphy. She especially loved the artwork of her granddaughter, Ronni, and proudly displayed her work everywhere in the family home. Jeannine had a fierce love for her family and was devoted to her friends and her church. She used her illness to minister to all who came to visit as a testimony of God's great love and forgiveness.

Published in Press-Enterprise on July 13, 2014
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