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Jess Joseph Bengoa
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Birth: Aug. 30, 1953
Lassen County
California, USA
Death: Aug. 6, 2006, USA

Jess Joseph Bengoa was born on Aug. 30, 1953 in Susanville, Calif. His mother is Josephine Frances Satica Bengoa and his father was Louie Joseph Bengoa. Both his paternal and maternal grandparents were of Spanish-Basque descent and emigrated at a very early age from Spain to the United States.

Jess is survived by his mother, Josephine Satica Bengoa; a sister, Nancy Bengoa-Beterbide; his brother-in-law, Jack Anthony Beterbide; and a nephew, Michael Bengoa-Bollinger, married to Kathleen Bollinger. He was a great-uncle to one nephew, Wyatt Joseph Bolling and one niece, Ariana Marie Bollinger, who was also his Goddaughter.

He has two surviving aunts: Dolores Satica Bertanzoni Woods and Irene Bengoa Purdy Trout. Jess is also survived by many, many cousins. If they were all named we would prolong the Mass another hour!

Jess graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in Chico, Calif., and immediately started at California State University, Chico. He majored in civil engineering, graduating in 1976 at the top of his class with honors. He continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley, earning his master's degree in civil engineering with an emphasis on structural engineering in 1978.

Jess held a life-long career with the United States Forest Service, completing close to 29 years. He was hoping to retire in two more years. However, on May 31 he was diagnosed with terminal renal cell carcinoma, the same cancer which took his father, Louie, 10 years prior.

Jess was a quiet, kind and gentle man. He spent most of his adult life as the caregiver to his father, his uncle, Benito, and most recently his mother, Josie; but for those individuals who were fortunate to have had the opportunity to really get to know Jess, they were truly the lucky ones.

Jess had a sense of humor that could make you laugh so hard it brought tears to your eyes and at times make your stomach ache. His laughter was contagious and when you saw that twinkle in his eye, you just knew he was up to something! If he found someone without a smile he would just give them one of his.

He loved his dogs and Whiskers the cat that adopted him and remained with him for more than 13 years. Mostly he loved fishing, especially at Crater Lake, and being in the outdoors. He was proud to be of Basque heritage and particularly enjoyed the Basque card game Muse. For such an honest and truthful man, that game definitely allowed him to show another side of his personality.

Most every weekend while his father was alive, the family of four continued competing for the Muse championship game of the world. Sometimes great controversy arose, which finally resulted in the actual writing of Muse rules followed by the signing of all family members.

Jess loved his family. He had developed some close friendships with people at work. But when his sister Nancy married Jack Beterbide, Jess and Jack hit it off from the beginning. They certainly were two of a kind.

The plan was made that for the next 20 plus years, Nancy, Jack and Jess would fish and laugh and just take care of each other, but as all know too well plans change, and so now each of us must carry Jess in our hearts. God bless him! We will all miss him very much.

Lassen County Times - (Aug/23/2006)
Family links: 
  Louie Joseph Bengoa (1926 - 1996)
  Josephine Bengoa (1925 - 2007)
Janesville Cemetery
Lassen County
California, USA
Created by: C.J.A.
Record added: May 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37426037
Jess Joseph Bengoa
Added by: C.J.A.
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Hey brother I hope you are in a happy place with mom and dad. I miss you so much. I just can't get over that you are gone.
- Nancy
 Added: Jan. 21, 2014

- Sarah Quinn
 Added: May. 24, 2009

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