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Jesse Mark Stanchfield Obituary


October 20, 1962 - September 9, 2023


September 9, 2023, Jesse M. Stanchfield, 60, of Redland, Oregon passed away peacefully with

his family by his side.

Jesse was adopted in 1962 by Jean and John Stanchfield of Los Angeles, CA.  The oldest of 5

children, he helped his parent welcome Jerome, Jill, Jason and Jennifer.  He grew up in North

Ridge, California, Graduating from Granada Hills High School in 1980.  After high school his

father retired from the LA Police Force and moved his family to Redland, Oregon to start a small

farm.  That is where he met his future wife, Kimberly Pritchard, in the St. Philip Benizi Church

Youth group. Knowing he had met the love of his life, he promised to marry her on her 16th

birthday.  In April of 1983, as Kimberly was graduating from High School, Jesse joined the Navy

and left for Boot Camp in San Diego, CA. then Electronics Technician School in Great Lakes,

Ill.  Graduating with the top score out of the Navy ET school, he was transferred to a research

and development platform in San Diego, CA.   He kept his promise and married Kimberly in Dec

of 1984 in that same church where they met.  Kimberly had also joined the Navy and was

stationed in San Diego as well. Together they bought a house in San Diego and welcomed 3

sons; Adam in 1985, Andrew in 1987 and Joseph in 1989. Daughter, Kristin was born in 1990

after they completed their active military service and moved back to Oregon.

Jesse taught 6th grade Religious Education at St. Philip Benizi in Redland for several years,

was a Cub Scout Leader, and a Scout Master of Troop 512 where he helped start the climbing

program for The Cascade Pacific Council and eventually became the teacher of teachers for

rock climbing. He and Kimberly provided a loving home for 4 of their own children and a safe

place to live for numerous other kids over the years.  He was always volunteering at church,

leading the youth group and volunteering at the kid’s schools while working at Providence

Hospital for over 25 years in the IT and Diagnostic Imaging Departments. Both Jesse and

Kimberly continued their naval service as active reservists, which resulted in Jesse being

recalled to active duty after 9/11 for over a year.  He retired from the Navy on May 1, 2004.

Jesse and Kimberly loved to travel. Jesse has been a certified diver since 1985, and taught two

of his children to dive as well.  Together, they were able to visit many places where Jesse could

dive such as Aruba, The Canary Islands, Belize, Cancun, Hawaii, Puerto Vallarta, and many

places in Canada.

His greatest joy was his children and subsequently his 6 grandchildren. He came to every music

event, track meet, soccer game, if they were interested in something, so was he. 

This was written by his children in his final days for the medical staff…

Brother of 4, husband of 4 decades, father of 4, grandfather for 6. His love is inexhaustible He is

the sole person to call to solve any question; what song is stuck in your head, how to rejuvenate

a project, what's mom mad about? He never stopped learning, even reading technical manuals

for fun. He is a teacher to all, and loves to share his knowledge. He always has time to talk,

even if you don't. But he's never too busy to listen. He's not afraid to use a four-letter word, but

that passion always comes with a hug. He is the first to start the project, and the last to finish.

He does not know the definition of good enough: overachiever and perfectionist are his minimal

standards. The food he cooks is at such a high level, it ruins other food for the rest of your life.

He always has new obsessions; be it sailing, bbq, motorcycles, soccer, Miata mods, pool water,

tractor accessories, or making the perfect pirate ship for his son's wedding. He never fails to


slide in a funny joke, or a clever response. He lights up the room with his smile and enormous

belly laugh. He is the most genuine and honest person you could ever have the pleasure of

meeting.

His mother lost her Son

His siblings lost their Brother

His wife lost her Husband

His children lost a father

His grandchildren lost their Papa 

Many lost a Teacher

…a Friend

…a Volunteer at church/scouts/school 

He was a consummate Enabler (paintball, sports, hobbies, scouts, music)

...Helper to anyone who asked…

Jeeves to all who had questions…

A certain niece lost her Uncle Fred

This nation lost a Protector

This world lost a great man

A few in need received a Hero

Always willing to lend a hand when anyone called, he continued to help others, even while lying

on his deathbed. Because he chose to be an organ donor, a father was given hope, a daughter

was given more time with her daddy while others are allowed to live on with new kidneys and

lungs.


Family Who Went Before

Jesse was predeceased on his journey to Heaven by his Father, John Stanchfield, who passed

on October 20, 2022.

Family He Left Behind

He is survived by his Mother, Jean; His Wife of 39 years, Kimberly; His 4 children and their

spouses, Adam and Amanda Stanchfield, Andrew Stanchfield and Paesha Nelson, Joseph and

Nora Stanchfield and Kristin Stanchfield and Richard Clark; 6 grandchildren; Kendra, Makenzie,

Gracie, Faith, Joy and William. His brothers Jerome and Jason and his sisters, Jill and Jennifer.

His Mother and Father-in-Law, Jean and Bill Pritchard. His Brother’s-in-law and their spouses;

Mike and Joyce Pritchard and Jerry Pritchard and Robyn Elledge. Jesse has numerous nieces

and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles all over the US who he adored. Family was

everything.

Services will be held September 29, 2023 at St. John The Apostle in Oregon City, Oregon. 417

Washington Street. Recitation of the Rosary at 11am immediately followed by a Memorial Mass

of Christian burial. Following the Mass, a memorial reception will take place in the Parish Hall.

Military Honors will be rendered at a later time.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to The Cascade Pacific Council, Boy


The funeral will be livestreamed on St. John's YouTube channel. Go to sja-catholicchurch.com, click on the YouTube button at the top of the page and go to the Live tab. It will show when it is live.

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