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Jimmie D. French

Served his country

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POSTED October 7, 2009 2:25 a.m.

Jimmie D. French, 72, entered into rest on October 5, 2009 in Manteca, CA. Jimmie was the only son of 7  children born on March 20, 1937 in Montrose, Arkansas.  Jimmie  has made Manteca his home for over 27 years.  

Mr. French is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Martha French of Manteca. Daughters are;  Nawanna Chaidez and husband Tony of Acton,  CA, Patricia Russell and Chris of AZ, and Tracey  Crisologo of Dublin and husband Gerry.  Jimmie was blessed by 7 grandchildren: Richard  Saldivar, Jennifer Lalimarmo, Thomas French, Andrew Bowman, Michael  Bowman, Chris Crisologo and Stephanee  Crisologo, as well as 10 great-grandchildren. In addition, Jimmie  is survived by two sisters, Billie  Sue Watson of Arkansas, and Norma  Janelle Trent and husband Kenneth of Livermore.  

Jimmie served his country proudly for 9 years in the United States Air Force. After serving in the Air Force Jimmie then joined the Navy Reserves for 2 years and the Coast Guard Reserves for 2 years.  

Jimmie retired after 30 years from Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District as Director of Maintenance and Operations. He was a member of the Masons, Shriners, Scottish Rites, V.F.W., American Legion, where he sponsored over 50 members, and was a 20 year member of The Elks Lodge where he held the office of Tyler. In addition Jimmie was a member of the Manteca Moose Lodge since 1984, where he held the highest rank of Pilgrim and sponsored over 100 members. Jimmie also held office in the state association of the Moose as governor and administrator.  

Jimmie was an avid 49er fan and loved to fish and golf. He was a very giving man. Jimmie would give just about anything even if he didn’t have it, he would still give. Jimmie felt as if he was blessed beyond measures to have such wonderful daughters and grandchildren. His devoted wife Martha was his best friend and true companion, she meant the world to him. Jimmie will be remembered as a loving encouraging father, an amazing grandfather and beloved husband. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.  

Mr. French’s services are being  handled by P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home of Manteca. A Celebration  of Life service will be held on Saturday, October 10, at 11 a.m.at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 N. Union Rd., Manteca. An on-line guest book is available at www.plfryandson.com  

In lieu of flowers please send donations  to Moose Charities, Inc.  155 S International Drive Mooseheart, IL 60539      
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
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