Obituary: Jessie Carl King


Jessie Carl King
April 14, 1927 – March 9, 2017


Jessie Carl King went home to be with his Lord on March 9, 2017 following a long, full life.  He was born in McLean, Texas to Julius Garland and Ruby Lee King on April 14, 1927.  Jessie attended school in Mertens, Texas when he met the love of his life, Dathon Faye King.

The two married on June 21, 1945.  The couple moved often due to being in the Army and his job with Southern Pacific Pipeline.  They lived in Texas, Colorado, Ohio, New Jersey and settling in Niland, CA, in January 1956.  As well as his pipeline job, Jessie served the town of Niland as their Fire Chief for 36 years.

Following their retirement, and to escape the summer heat, they traveled to Gunnison, CO in their RV.

There they enjoyed camping and fishing with his brother, Leon, and his wife Doris. Jesse enjoyed spending time with his sons as they worked on the boys’ cars together, helping his daughter with her FFA animal projects for the fair, spending time with all the family and loving on his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He also enjoyed going to church, watching sports on TV, especially NASCAR, of which he had attended several races.

A chapel service for Jessie will be Monday, March 20, at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be Monday, March 20 at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley at 9:00 a.m.

With burial after the service at Riverview Cemetery.

Jessie is preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years, Dathon, his son, Wendell in 2010 and his parents.

Jessie is survived by his children, Michael (Margaret) King, Carlton (Penny) King, and Patricia (Jose) Diaz, plus his daughter-in-law, Sherry King, and 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, his sister, Louise Tyson, brothers, Leon (Doris) King, Johnny (Ann) King, Neal King, brother-in-law, Arthur (Debbie) Reaves, plus numerous nieces and nephews all living in Texas.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers a donation be made in Jessie’s name to the charity of your choice.