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Remembering Jeffrey Edward Scheetz: A Life of Love, Adventure, and Creativity


Jeffrey Edward Scheetz

Jeffrey Edward Scheetz, loving husband of 50 years, loving brother and good friends to many, passed away at his home on December 26, 2023.

Jeff was born to Ned and Barbara Scheetz December 5, 1954, in Millersburg, Ohio, seven minutes after his twin sister Jennifer was born. At home were his sister Rebecca and brother Eric.

His early years were spent traveling across the United States with his family, following Ned’s career as a helicopter pilot. The family finally settled down in Alturas in 1967, when Ned and Barbara brought the Drifters Inn Motel.

Jeff loved the outdoors and Modoc County was the perfect place to grow up. He helped his dad guide duck and goose hunters at the motel and later got into waterfowl taxidermy.

He always had a camera with him and developed his talent as a photographer in the first offered photography class in Modoc High School. Richard Cartner taught photography and developing black and white film and was a huge mentor for Jeff.

Jeff married his high school sweetheart, Norma Rogers, three days after graduation. They remained in Alturas where he spent every weekend either hunting, fishing, water skiing, hiking, camping and most of all loved to look for arrowheads. Jeff worked that first summer fighting fires for the Forest Service, then he worked for Ken and Rose Goslin who owned the Alturas Creamery for five years. After the Creamery, he took a job for Dick and Joleen Caldwell of Caldwell Distributing for nine years. He and Norma went to Paradise Lodge, up the Rogue River in Oregon in 1987 to co-manage the lodge where his mother was then employed. It was a totally different experience for them both, but worth the change.

Back in Modoc in 1990, to work for Lester Porter at Alturas Beverage, then in 1992, Lassen Beverage offered jeff a job in Susanville, where he and Norma relocated.

During his time in Modoc, Jeff was also into music and became a member of the Likely Mountain Boys, Wooley Mammoth Band, Two for the Road and Haywire Band. After moving to Susanville, he played guitar and keyboards for the Main Street Band and Better Daze.

Jeff had an accident in 1994 at his work for Lassen Beverage and his quality of life took a bad turn. Many surgeries were to follow, and a seizure disorder kept him from driving. Even though his life changed drastically, he managed to adapt to the challenges and became a true Renaissance man . . . he began to write poetry, more music, took up the art of stained glass and made beautiful doors and window hangings and painting with watercolors. He did relief carvings in deer antlers and elk antlers and inlay woodwork using mother of pearl and iron wood.

As his health declined, Jeff became an advocate for medical marijuana. He started taking photos of marijuana plants and writing articles for Healing Yourself magazine, Cannabis Now, High Times and many others. His followers were world- wide on the internet and he was well known and liked. He was on many forums discussing medical marijuana and also gave his time to help others with their photography endeavors and was compassionate and understanding for individuals struggling with their health.

Jeff is survived by his wife Norma, sister Rebecca (Becky) Bogard and Jennifer Bethel and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Father and Mother and brother Eric (Rick) Scheetz.

Our sorrow is great that his beautiful soul is on another journey and not with us. Wherever you are Jeff you are loved.

A celebration of his life will be held in the Spring; notices will be in the Modoc Record.

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