Jesse E. Shaffer

Jesse E. ShafferJesse Edward Shaffer, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was a long-time resident of the Indian Wells Valley.

Jesse is survived by his stepdaughter Cheryl James and daughter Penny Johnson, both residing in Hawthorne, Nev., and son Edward Shaffer and his wife, Lupe of Ridgecrest; four grandchildren Michael James and Jennifer Marquis of Hawthorne, Jack Marquis of Mammoth Lakes and Naomi Shaffer of Ridgecrest.

Jesse was preceded in death by the love of his life, Betty, who passed away in April 1992.

Jesse was born in Hanover, Pa., on Jan.y 7, 1934, to John and Margaret Shaffer.

Shortly after Jesse’s third birthday, his family moved in January 1937 to Westminster, Md., where he attended public school. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy in June, 1952.

Jesse excelled in all aspects of military service, receiving several commendations and achieving outstanding ratings in electronics, mathematics and practical exercises in troubleshooting and repair of analog and digital circuits.

Jesse met the love of his life, Betty Mulson, while at Great Lakes, Ill., and they were married in Waukegan, Ill., in March 1957. He was honorably discharged after two enlistments in July 1962 in Pomona, having attained the rank of chief petty officer.

Jesse and Betty made several moves across the country calling Alta Loma, Calif., Clearfield, Pa., and Sugar Grov, Ill., home before settling in the Indian Wells Valley in May 1981.

Jesse was a loving husband and great provider, employed in the electronics and controls field. He especially enjoyed the research and development work he performed for General Dynamics and Data Design Lab during the ’60s in California, his time at the Fermi Lab in Illinois in the ’70s, as well as his time in civil service a China Lake until his retirement in January 1995.

Jesse enjoyed each area he called home, practicing several hobbies over the years; he was an accomplished gardener, rancher, beekeeper, trapper and fisherman, as well as a meticulous RC airplane builder.

Special thanks to his doctors and caregivers at Bella Sera and the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for their compassionate treatment of Jesse.

Arrangements are being handled by Holland & Lyons Mortuary, and a funeral service is tentatively planned for January. Details will follow as they become available.

— Submitted by the family of Jesse Shaffer

Story First Published: 2017-12-08