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Jack D. Ellena
Birth: Oct. 27, 1931
Lassen County
California, USA
Death: Mar. 23, 2012
Palm Desert
Riverside County
California, USA

Professional Football Player. An All-American offensive lineman at UCLA, he went on to play two seasons for the Los Angeles Rams. Raised in Northern California, Ellena elected to attend UCLA where he played both offensive and defensive tackle for Coach Red Sanders' Bruins; after being part of the 1953 squad that lost to Michigan State in the Rose Bowl he earned All-American honors for the undefeated 1954 team which shared the National Championship with Ohio State, finishing seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting and being named UPI Lineman of the Year. A wrestler as well, he was Pacific Coast Conference heavyweight champion in 1953 and 1954, finishing fourth in the 1953 NCAA Championships while being selected All-American. Taken by the Rams in the 19th. round of the NFL draft he played the 1955 and 1956 seasons, collecting three fumble recoveries; after leaving the gridiron he joined with his wife in running Mountain Meadow Ranch, a kids' summer camp located near Susanville. Ellena was named to the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987 and lived out his days in Southern California. (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
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  Jacquelyn Ellena (1935 - 2002)
Janesville Cemetery
Lassen County
California, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Apr 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88163949
Jack D. Ellena
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