Passing of Jerry Partain, former CDF Director

I’m saddened to report the passing of former CDF Director Jerry Partain who died peacefully in his sleep last night after battling a lengthy illness.


Jerry was appointed by Governor Deukmejian in 1983 and served as CDF’s director until 1988, a period which he considered the highlight of his long career in forestry.  He was the co-founder of the Forestry program at Humboldt State University where he taught for 30 years.  Jerry was also a WWII veteran, serving our country in the U.S. Navy.


Jerry is survived by his wife, Betty, two daughters, a son, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.  Jerry was preceded in death by another son, Steve.  In honor of Jerry’s service to CDF/CAL FIRE and the State of California, I am directing flags at all CAL FIRE facilities to be flown at half-staff through sunset on Friday, July 8, 2016.


Details on services will be shared once they are finalized.


Chief Ken Pimlott

CAL FIRE Director

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