Jeffery Kevin O’Neal

d. May 17, 2013

Jeffery Kevin O’Neal passed away May 17, 2013. Born in Chicago, Jeffery graduated from Southern Illinois University and began his career at one of the first biotechnology labs at SIU while earning his master’s degree. Jeffery came to Davis in 1983 to work for Calgene where his work led to his name being on several patents. He went on to work for UC Davis Extension, and then Los Rios-American River College in 1998 to develop its biotechnology program, eventually becoming statewide director of the California Community College Biotechnology Initiative.

Jeffery loved getting kids excited about science and enjoyed coaching roller hockey and soccer when his sons were young. He owned an Aikido studio in Davis at one time and had a passion for motorcycles, an interest that led him to become a certified dirt bike instructor. He loved to camp and hike in the mountains, dance, practice yoga, and ride his own motorcycles — street bikes as well as dirt bikes.

Jeffery leaves behind his wife, Wendy; sons, Kevin and Ethan; and grandsons, Aiden and Dillon; as well as his brothers, Fred Jr. (Grissel) and Jerry of Chicago, Jared Dexter (Melanie) of Phoenix; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. His cousin Lazarus was a faithful visitor both before and during his illness.

A memorial service and reception will be held Saturday, June 15, from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at St. Martin’s Church Parish Hall, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made out to the ARC Foundation and mailed to American River College, c/o Kirsten DuBray-ARC Foundation, 4700 College Oak Drive, Sacramento, CA 95841-4286. Please write Jeffery O’Neal Memorial Scholarship-Biotechnology in the memo space.

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