Obituary of James John West |

Obituary of James John West

James John West, a welder on the Alaskan Pipeline and lifelong resident of Grass Valley, passed away at his home on Sept. 15, 2015. He was 52.

John was born to the union of Dick and Diane West on Feb. 20, 1963. He graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1981, and thereafter went on to school where he learned to be a welder.

As a young man, John worked alongside his father, Dick West, as a logger in Nevada County, and sincerely appreciated the friendship of Glen Hill who taught him how to work on logging trucks.

John moved to Alaska where his heart was captivated by many outdoor activities, such as fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and the serene landscape of the Alaskan wilderness. After some time, John returned to Grass Valley where he met his wife, Terri (Whalin) West, and traveled to the North Slope at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska where he worked for GBR Industries, a subsidiary of BP Petroleum.

His passion for work showed in the many pictures he shared with his family and friends, some of which captured his encounter with polar bears.

John was a sincere and caring man who loved his family and friends. When not in Alaska, John enjoyed cooking, gardening, camping, spending time with his dogs Molly and Chi-Chi, splitting logs, riding his motorcycle, and manicuring his beautiful yard in which he took great pride.

He was a man of many talents and had a knack for problem-solving, which he would often take on with confidence projects both at home and at work. Anyone could ask John anything, and he knew exactly how to help. John enjoyed participating in the Nevada County Food and Toy run.

John is survived by his parents, Dick and Diane (DeMatteo) West of Grass Valley; his wife, Terri (Whalin) West of Grass Valley; his brother, Rick West and life-partner Quinten Jones of Grass Valley; his nephew Anthony West of Nevada City; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He is predeceased by his brothers, Tony West and Mike West; his grandmother, Irene DeMatteo Clemence; and his grandfathers, “horseman and wagoneer” James Burlin West, John DeMatteo, and Dick Clemence.

Please join us for a celebration of life and potluck which will be held at the Penn Valley Rodeo grounds at noon on Oct. 25, 2015. Please contact John’s wife Terri or his brother Rick.

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