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Jesse M Zepeda

August 22, 1950 February 14, 2018
Jesse M Zepeda
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Obituary for Jesse M Zepeda

Loving Husband, Father and Pappy, Jesse M Zepeda passed away peacefully at home on February 14, 2018 with his family by his side. He fought very hard following a long illness.
Jesse was born in San Luis Obispo on August 22nd, 1950, to Jesus and Rosemary Zepeda.
Jesse grew up in Guadalupe with his brother, Robert Zepeda. He then moved to Santa Maria. After Columbia Records, Jesse worked for many years driving truck for Lucky Stores and Coca Cola before retiring in 2008. He met his wife Darleen Ford Zepeda while working at Columbia Records. They had 46 wonderful years together.
Jess had so many nicknames and answered to them all. Mostly everyone called him Coach Zepeda, Coach Z, Sweet Lou, Louie, Bill and of course Pappy.
Jesse loved the game of baseball and coached for many years in the Orcutt area – from St. Joseph High school to various middle leagues, little league and Babe Ruth. His biggest joy was working on the field with his sons. Anyone ever driving passed Righetti baseball field, would see Jesse throwing batting practice and hitting ground balls, rain or shine.
He is survived by his wife Darleen and two sons Jesse (Brianna) from Costa Mesa and Brian (Sandy) from Santa Maria. He also leaves behind three grandchildren: Tanner, Eli and Elisha.
He will be missed dearly as he was the rock of our family, but we know he is now in a better place and is no longer suffering.
We also want to thank Dr. Bob Okerblom and staff, for being there during this time. Thank you to the caregivers, Rey and Monette Nicolas, and to Hospice who tried to make him comfortable and the end easier. We also want to thank Susie and Gilbert Rea and Ernestine Meyer who were always there to give us support.
A memorial celebration of Jesse’s life will be held Wednesday, February 21 at 11:00 A.M. at Dudley Hoffman in Santa Maria.
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