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Jason "Jake" Wayne Leineke
June 15, 1939 ~ November 28, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Jason “Jake” Leineke passed away peacefully on November 28, 2023, from complications following a stroke nearly 10 years prior.
Born June 15, 1939, in Oakland California, to Eva and Jack Leineke, Jake was the fourth of seven children, Jake lived an energetic young life in Citrus Heights, California attending high school at San Juan High School followed by joining the Navy and served on the USS Midway.
Following his time in the Navy, Jake married his high school girlfriend, Joan Priest, started a family, and began a career in the construction industry that would ultimately result in the launching of a respected and successful construction business. Jakes business evolved into a High Voltage Business and to this day because of Jake’s trailblazing, that business is still a nationwide industry leader in its field.
While construction was his passion, it did not completely identify him. With his wife Joan, Jake traveled the world enjoying exotic foods, wine, art, and other beauties his entire adult life. Stories of getting lost in China, or weeks long bicycle rides through Croatia were commonplace in the Leineke household. In addition to trips with his wife, Jake was a regular participant with some of his closest friends on heliskiing trips in Canada. The Powder Pigs, as they were known by, would rarely miss a ski season and always returned with tall tales of plentiful powder beyond belief. Duck hunting with his brothers was also a big part of his younger adult life. Early mornings before dawn in rain and drizzle were something that he truly enjoyed. When not working, traveling, skiing, or hunting, Jake also had an interest in flying. Coming from a flying family, Jake owned or co-owned several private airplanes with his brothers and held his private piolets license. Whether visiting an art gallery in Paris, skiing a freshly powered mountain in British Columbia, sitting in a damp duck blind wishing a duck would fly by or doing a pre-flight check prior to flying, these things best identified Jake.
While travel and outdoors were significant to Jake, his family was always of utmost importance. Of those that went before him, his wife Joan, his parents, Eva and Jack Leineke, his brothers Ron, Walt, Al, and his sister Rita and pet pig Truffles remained a large part of his life until their end. Of those he left behind, Sister Luanne, Brother Jon, Sons Peter, and Ted along with their wives Liu Na and Dena’, grandchildren, Michelle, Brittan, Dane and Sydney, great-grandchildren Mia and Jenna, all spent much of their time with Jake as his condition advanced. Towards the end, he didn’t talk much, but you always got a smile out of him when you were with him.
His mother probably summed him up best at an early age when she said he is either going to be very successful or end up in jail. If the measure of a successful man is his family and friends, Jake was truly a successful man.