Jarvin Jay Whitesell passed away unexpectedly on January 17 at the age of 47 at his home in The Dalles.
He was born in The Dalles on May 26, 1966 to Sylvester B. and Delia Jeannette Whitesell. He graduated from The Dalles High School in 1987.
Jarvin was on the Special Olympic athletic team for many years. He especially loved the swim and ski teams.
He spent many years working for Bridget at Bedquarters, moving and refurnishing furniture.
He volunteered many years at the Senior Center and for senior citizens taking care of gardens and landscaping.
Jarvin worked at several local businesses including Big Jim’s, K-Mart, Albertson’s, Safeway, Allied Signs and Maintenance, and the Salvation Army.
The family would like to say many thanks to Larry Mayfield, Sue Lange, and Mike and Colleen Ballinger for years of nurturing and caring for Jarvin.
He is survived by his mother, Jeannette Whitesell; sisters, Jolene Whitesell, Joetta and husband Russ Cole, Joann and husband Gary Quesno, and Angela Whitesell; brothers, Jeff Whitesell and Jeremy Whitesell; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Jarvin was preceded in death by his father, Sylvester, and all of his grandparents.
A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, January 25, 2 pm at Life in Christ Center, 3095 Cherry Heights Rd. in The Dalles, with a potluck dinner following the service.
Memorial contributions can be donated at US Bank for funeral expenses. Flowers may be taken to Grocery Outlet on Friday, January 24, for holding.
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