Dennis Duane Jeffery
Aug. 12, 1940 – Oct. 25, 2016
Dennis was born in Oakland, California on August 12, 1940, the second child of James and Margaretta Jeffery. He died at his home in Gardnerville, at the age of 76, on October 25, 2016.
Though he was born and raised in Oakland, Tahoe and the Carson Valley area were always special places for him. In his younger years summers were spent at the family cabin at Marla Bay, teen years were spent working various summer jobs at Lake Tahoe and on the family ranch in Smith Valley. Later he shared his love of Lake Tahoe and the family cabin with his children Scott Jeffery and Kris (Jeffery) Fowzer. Dennis graduated from Oakland Technical High School and following High School Dennis went to San Francisco State College.
He began his long career in law enforcement with the Alameda County Sheriffs Department in 1962. He started as a Deputy at Santa Rita County Jail and as a patrolman. He went through a series of promotions over the years working in Narcotics and investigations finally ending his career as Deputy Chief. During his time as Captain of the main substation he was an innovator for many great changes that remain in effect today. He was well respected by his fellow co-workers.
In addition to choosing a career of public service, Dennis was active in his community serving on the Board of the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), a special services district providing residents in Dublin and San Ramon with fire, sewer, water trash and parks and recreation services.
Following his retirement from the Alameda County Sheriffs he went to work for Operating Engineers Local #3 where he traveled to different Law Enforcement agencies signing them up for Union representation He left that position to live in one of his favorite places, Lake Tahoe.
Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Margaretta Dressler Jeffery and his Father, James Jeffery. Dennis is survived by his devoted companion Carol Crane; daughter Kris (Ron) Fowzer; son Scott (Kelley Henderson) Jeffery; Grandchildren Fallon Fowzer; Will Fowzer and Judd Fowzer; brother Brian Jeffery and sister Anne (Jack Sept) Jeffery.
Proud of his family’s long heritage in Carson Valley, Dennis was laid to rest in the Historic Mottsville Cemetery.