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Jean Martin Jaureguy

Dec. 7, 1923 — June 27, 2009

Jean Martin Jaureguy


POSTED June 30, 2009 11:07 p.m.
Visitation for Jean Jaureguy will begin at 5 p.m. followed by a recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. on July 1 at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. July 2 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1200 Lyons Ave., Turlock. Burial will follow the mass at Turlock Memorial Park.
Jean Jaureguy passed away Saturday morning at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, with his loving wife Annabelle, and his four sons by his side. Jean was born in Whittier, Calif. to Jean Martin and Catherine Jaureguy.  Upon graduation from Puente High School, he entered the Army and served in Europe during World War II with the 127th anti-aircraft artillery battalion. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and helped liberate Buchenwald Concentration Camp with General Patton’s Third Army. Upon his return to the states, he met and married Frances Evelyn Dover and together the raised four sons.
Jean was a man of many talents. He was a career truck driver and accomplished mechanic. Jean moved with his family to the Turlock area in 1963, where in addition to driving truck, he ran the family farm. He spoke four languages well enough to communicate and delighted in meeting new people in all walks of life. He was an eternal optimist and wonderful teacher, instilling in his children and grandchildren the idea that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. He was often referred to by his friends as “the nicest man I ever met.”
In 1999, after being widowed 10 years, he met and married Annabelle Newkirk. Together they explored life, traveling and spending time with their grandchildren. Jean and Annabelle were rarely apart and were adored by their new extended families.
Jean was a member of the Los Banos Basque Club, Stanislaus County Swiss Club, Life member of V.F.W., Teamsters Union Local 386, Ceres Historical Society, and Ceres Old Timers Luncheon.
In addition to loving wife Annabelle, Jean is survived by brothers, Peter Jaureguy and Edward Jaureguy; sisters, Virginia Lima, Rosemary Handorf, and Adele Jaureguy; sons, Martin (Teri) Jaureguy, Michael (Irene) Jaureguy, John (Sharon) Jaureguy, and Steven (Nancy) Jaureguy; 11 grandchildren; stepchildren, David (Diane) Newkirk and Elaine Newkirk; five step-grandchildren; and six step-great grandchildren.  
He is preceded in death by wife Frances; stepson, Gordon Newkirk; and step-grandson, Michael Newkirk.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.
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