Jacques Alexandre Charest

Remembrance of a Life Well Lived

A kind, generous, intellectual man, Jacques (born Quebec, Canada) adored and valued his enormous family and many friends. He loved humor and laughter and leaves behind a legacy of jokes for all who knew him. He was not only a man of science (B.S-Mechanical Eng., M.S Chemical Eng., and Ph.D in Physics and Mining) but also a noteworthy entrepreneur. He launched and built a successful company, Dynasen Inc. in 1972-present. Jacques was a boater, scuba diver, ocean enthusiast and protector (he helped to establish the S.B. Mariculture Foundation in 1975). His greatest passion was time with family and friends on his boat(s), the Getaway (I-IV), crossing to the Channel Islands (Santa Cruz), and enjoying the pristine surroundings. This was usually followed by a fun meal at the Yacht Club, Pepes, or Petrini’s, recounting island tales with family and friends. Jacques will be greatly missed by his immediate family; son Michel (Patty), grandchildren Christopher and Kelly, daughter Paula (Martin Lilly), granddaughter Jordyn, daughter Anne, and son Pierre, grandsons Nate, Tanner, and Samuel. We were honored to call him dad and grandpa. He will also be missed by many friends and loved ones who were part of his extended family. Jacques had many blessing in his 87 years, and he would tell you that two of his greatest blessings were the two loves in his life, Denyse R Charest (who preceded him in death in 2004) and Kay Utterback who was dads ‘brightest light’ until his passing. Jacques will be greatly missed, but he leaves behind a lifetime of wonderful memories for all who knew him!

The family also wants to extend its thanks to the wonderful group of ‘earth angels’ who helped dad and our family during his final weeks with us.

In lieu of flowers, and if you so choose, the family would be honored if you contributed to Visiting Nurse Hospice of Santa Barbara; a truly remarkable organization. A private family observance will be held at a later date.


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