Jesse L. Stinchcomb was born in Centralia, Wash. on May 16, 1938 to Jesse T. and Berniece (Roe) Stinchcomb. He grew up on Lincoln Creek near Galvin, Wash.
The fall of 1953 his father bought a small ranch on Benewah Creek outside St. Maries, Idaho where he finished high school in 1956, graduating with honors.
He attended the University of Idaho, graduating in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. While there he met his wife, Mary. They were married July 2, 1959.
“Mr. Stinchcomb” taught one year in Kahlotus, Wash., then moved to Kooskia where he taught at Clearwater Valley High School for 37 years. He will be remembered by many of his students as their music teacher and Driver’s Education instructor. He retired in 1998.
Summers he worked for the city of Kooskia and the U.S. Forest Service.
Jesse loved anything outdoors: hunting, fishing, hiking, running, skiing, and golfing. After retiring, he and Mary enjoyed square dancing and traveling.
They drove to the east coast eight times to visit their daughters, seeing 46 of the 48 states. He was particularly interested in Civil War history and battlefields. They also traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, Italy, England, Ireland, and central Europe where he took in WWI and II sites and National Monuments in France and Germany.
Jesse was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2000. He passed away Nov. 16, 2019, leaving his wife, Mary, daughters Ann (Larry), Cristi, Sara (Brent), sons Bryan (Heather), Jon (Holly), one granddaughter and seven grandsons. He is also survived by his sister, Mary (Rich), and two nephews.