Jesse's Story

SACRAMENTO - Jesse L. Bates-Jackson died July 20, 2015, in Sacramento, Ca., after a two-year fight with non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the age of 41. He was born in Bangor, Maine, on Dec. 30, 1973.

He attended schools in Oregon City, Oregon, and Winters, Ca. Upon graduation he attended California State University at Chico from 1992 to 1997, studying creative writing and journalism. A strong union man he was a Driver/Operator for Sacramento Regional Transit from 2003 to the present. He married Connie Stephens of Sacramento in 2003.

In 2012 he was published in the anthology "Spells and Swashbucklers" under the pen name "Jesse L. Cairns," taking the maiden name of his great-great-grandmother, Anna Chandler Cairns. In 2015 his novel on his beloved Oakland A's baseball team, "The Final Nine," was published under that name.

His great joy since 2011 was as a referee for Roller Derby. He reffed under the name "Zombiegoat" for the Sac City Rollers organization. His wife, Connie, skated under the name "Wrath of Connie." The two of them traveled for many bouts with that large-hearted community.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; and his parents, Patty Bates (Lucerne) and James E. Jackson (Orono) of Brentwood, Ca.

Services will be handled by Morgan Jones Funeral Home, 4200 Broadway, Sacramento, Ca.. at 5 p.m. Friday.
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