Jeanine Diane (Owen) Tucker ’78, J.D. ’81 was born on Nov. 2, 1956, in Reno, Nevada, to her loving parents, Orville Owen and Lois Elaine Owen (Shields) of Santa Clara, CA. Jeanine grew up in Santa Clara, in the heart of Silicon Valley, and graduated “Outstanding Scholar of the Year” from Buchser High School in 1974. She graduated cum laude from SCU with a B.S. in political science and the equivalent of a B.A. in Spanish literature as well as with a J.D. While still living in the Bay Area, Jeanine had her two daughters and devoted the first few years of their lives raising and caring for her growing family. In 1989, Jeanine moved to Modesto, California and began her career working for the state court system; first, for the Stanislaus Superior Court, where she worked for 21 years, and then for the Superior Court of California, County of Tuolumne, where she served as the court executive officer, for nearly six years, from 2013 to December, 2018. While living in Modesto, she met and married her new husband, Richard, in 1993. Together, they enjoyed family camping trips and movie nights, BBQs, and keeping up with their daughters’ busy schedules. Active in her community, Jeanine was elected to and served on the Riverbank City Council from March 2011 through December 2016. She was past president and an active member of the Modesto 500 Lions Club for over 20 years, and was a member for a period of time of the VIPS (Visually Impaired Persons Support) and a current member of the RFWC (Riverbank Federated Women’s Club). An accomplished seamstress, cook, and gardener, she enjoyed these interests and hobbies her entire adult life. She loved using old family recipes and passing these down to her children and grandchildren. Jeanine often thought of herself as an “old soul” as she developed a great interest in genealogy when she was only 20 years old. She later became the “family historian” and created several family history books for multiple branches of the family utilizing all of the extensive research she had done for a period of 30 years. More recently, she continued to work on the various family histories, updating information and adding old family photos and documents as she discovered them, and wholeheartedly took on a new hobby, quilting. At age 62, Jeanine passed away peacefully on Sept. 8, 2019. She was the proud mother of Kelly Publicover and Lauren (Publicover) McKenzie (Sean McKenzie), and stepmother to Joshua Tucker (Alicia Tucker) and Shane Tucker. She was the much-loved grandmother of Jacob, Kyle, and Gracie Tucker, Shane Tucker Jr., Olivia, Marian, and Benjamin McKenzie, and Piper Publicover. She was sister to Ron Owen (Carlen Owen) and loving Aunt to Megan and Mitchell Owen.

22 Oct 2019