Feb 11, 1937 - May 9, 2017
Former long time Taft resident, J.W. (Dub) Jennings went to be with our Lord & Savior on May 9, 2017. Dub was born Feb 11, 1937 & left this earth May 9, 2017. Dub was born in Mellette, Oklahoma to John Louis Jennings and Eveylen Scott Jennings. He is now reunited with his wife of 44 years, Karen Lynn Jennings. They shared a long lasting love that stands as a model of love & commitment for their children & all who knew
them; A loving marriage led by Christ, Steeped in Faith, & an undying devotion to each other and family.
Dub was preceded in death by; his beloved wife Karen, his siblings; 1 sister Jessie House Cunningham, 3 brothers Bill House, Eugene Jennings & John Louis Jennings Jr.
He is survived by his sons; Steve Jennings his wife Dawnee & their children-Taylor, Tanner, Kylee & Kiren. Jeff Jennings, his wife, Gail their children-Amy & Brock. Jim Jennings, his wife, Deborah & their daughter-Megan. Dub’s surviving siblings include; Sister Eula Mae (Sissy) Jennings Jackson & brother Vester Jennings.
Dub loved life with Karen. A major part of their life was being with family, especially the grandchildren, whom they loved to spoil. After the passing of his beloved wife, Dub continued, despite a heavy heart, to press on and continued to be the beloved patriarch of his family. He also loved staying active and continued a favored activity of travel.
Dub enjoyed his long tenure serving his community as a brave and dedicated police officer serving the City of Taft for 34 years. Protecting, serving and justice were passions that drove him to go from reserve officer to full time officer and upon retirement, again returning to serve others as a reserve officer. He also enjoined volunteering as a Kern County Court Docent.
He made a positive difference in hundreds of people lives and always ran toward danger to protect others rather than run away. His first instinct was to protect. In harrowing situations, Dub always counseled: “always think, never panic”. His record of service stands on its own as one that served with; bravery, integrity and honor.
He cared deeply for the victims of crime and trauma and cared long after the incident was over.
The family is honoring his request of not scheduling a memorial service. The Neptune Society is handling arrangements. We are encouraging all that know Dub & Karen to share their remembrances using social media (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) with the hashtags: #dubandkaren #dubisms #dubtales. An indepth tribute and remembrances can be found at
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you perform acts of kindness, service & gratitude with First Responders in your area. We also hope, as did our parents that you discover a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dad, the Light you left in everyone’s heart will forever burn bright. That light is Gods Love & Grace that you shared with all. We love you & miss you more than words can ever express.. We Love You Superman!