James R. Jennings
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James R. Jennings of Nipomo passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at his home with his family at his side. He was born in Farwell, Texas on March 12, 1930. J.R. moved to Arroyo Grande as a young boy. He graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 1948 and later enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in Korea. After leaving the Army, he married Nadyne Zanetti who preceded him in death in 2005. J.R. was a well-known horseshoer who shod horses for over 53 years. He enjoyed hunting and going on many pack trips with his friends. J.R. is survived by his wife, Glenda Donati, whom he married in 2007; three step- daughters and spouses; six step-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and hundreds of very good friends. There will be a memorial service for J.R. to be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, November 9, 2017, at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge. He requested that no funeral service be held for him and his ashes will be spread later. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dignity Health Hospice or to the charity of your choice. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries

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Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31, 2017.
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November 4, 2017
JR my friend, you were one in a million for sure. Your passing has left a hole here on earth but as filled one above. Rest in Pease dear man and we will be seeing you down the trail. I was truly Blessed the day I met you back in 1985 at Fallen Leaf Arabians horse ranch and I was privileged to have you as a friend thereafter. My sincere condolences go out to Glenda and all the family.
Annette Howell
November 1, 2017
My memories of J.R. date back to the early 1950s when he came to our ranch in Cayucos to shoe our horses. He was so kind & gentle..a horse shoer extraordinaire. RIP J.R.
Anne Blanchard Coy
October 31, 2017
JR was such a sweet, kind gentleman. He and my husband, Gene Machado, were life long friends. They took many trips to the Lozier ranch in Wyoming together. The passing parade of these old cowboys saddens the heart but it is comforting to know JR is with family and friends who have been waiting for him.
October 29, 2017
One of the most genuine men I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Nice, funny, respectful and just a true gentleman. So sorry to hear about his passing. My condolences to the family.
Carmelita Rivera
October 29, 2017
J.R was my father Gene's best friend since school I grew up knowing him and what a sweet man he was never forgotten
Marilyn Machado
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