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Jaclyn Susan Fisher

April 7, 1951 — June 17, 2023


Jaclyn Susan Fisher passed from life to life on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving husband and sons and family. She fought cancer with courage for two years, believing that every moment she gained with her family was worth it. Everyone was inspired by her positive attitude, her focus on others, her will to fight for time and her peace and trust  that came from her faith in God.

Jackie was born in Bakersfield, CA on April 7,1951 to Jack and Jean Homewood.  She was the third of four girls that were close in age and stayed close even as adults. She lived in Bakersfield until first grade when her family moved to Garden Grove in Orange County, CA. She lived and attended school there until she graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1969.

She attended California State University at Long Beach and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology in 1973. She was always self motivated and disciplined and excelled in her education.  She worked as a medical microbiologist in the laboratory at UCI Medical Center.

After dating him for five years, she married the love of her life,  Gary Fisher, on September 14,1973.  They decided to move to a more agricultural place and bought property and built a home in Fallbrook, CA.  Jackie worked at Fallbrook and Palomar Hospitals in their labs.  Together, she and Gary planted a grove of avocados and harvested them while she also helped as co-owner of their farm contracting corporation. 

Their two sons, David and Jim, were born there and Jackie quit work to be with them.  She was a very involved, loving mother. Again. Jackie and Gary were motivated to move and have more space and less people.   After a few years of looking, they were excited to move to Dolores, Colorado.   They bought land there and built a log home, doing the majority of the construction themselves, with the help of their two teenage sons. 

Jackie became a member of the local school board and served as a member for 12 years.  Eight of those years she served as President of the School Board and was respected for her leadership and concern for the students of her district. Jackie and Gary decided to raise beef cattle and grew their herd to 100 cows over the next few years.  Again, Jackie joined Gary in learning the ropes and doing the work of raising cattle and growing hay.  Jackie even had her own tractor and baler, and she loved to be outside working alongside Gary and the boys,

Jackie was the quiet little red head as a child that was raised in a loving supportive family.  She was self motivated and disciplined to excel in all she attempted. She had a sense of adventure and loved camping and traveling with Gary and her boys. She and Gary recently spent several years sailing their boat around America’s Great Loop. As an adult she was confident, loving, supportive, encouraging and wise. Everyone in her family has an empty spot in their hearts now that she is no longer with us, but we rejoice that she no longer suffers and is at peace in Heaven. 

Jackie is preceded in death by her mother and father, Jack and Jean Homewood, her in-laws Ernie and Tillie Fisher and her step mother-in-law, Shirley Fisher.  She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Gary Ernest Fisher, her son and wife, David and Amber Fisher and their three children, Cason, Daniel and Grace; her son, Jim Fisher, and his son, Walter; her three sisters and husbands, Lynda and Bob Neithammer, Terry and Mike Hansen, Diana and Dee Drayton; her sister-in -law and husband, Linda and Jim Spreine; her step sister, Dana Vanderveer; and  fourteen nieces and nephews.

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