Rodney was born in Gladewater, Texas. His father worked as a surveyor for the Department of the Interior, which meant that the family traveled extensively throughout the United States during his youth. He attended high school at Brophy Preparatory in Phoenix where he graduated as salutatorian, then went on to Santa Clara University, where he majored in engineering. Rod also received a BA in Business from Humboldt State University. He worked as Auditor/Accountant for Del Norte County for two years, Finance Director for Crescent City for eight years, and in 1988 was hired as Finance Director/Treasurer for the Del Norte County Unified School District, eventually being promoted to Deputy Superintendent for the last several years of his career. Rodney also served on the Crescent City Library Board of Directors and was a member of the Crescent City Rotary as well as numerous other professional bodies.
Rod used to love to ride his Harley Davidson motorbike, but lately turned his attention to his bright red 1962 Austin Healey 3000 which gave him many hours of joy (and frustration!) Rod also loved music and enjoyed going over to the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, attending plays in Ashland, and anywhere else that good music was played. Golf was also a major part of Rod’s relaxation time, and he spent many happy hours with friends on the golf courses in the area, also helping to organize the Greater Platypus Open — a favorite annual get-away with a group of friends.
However, one of Rod’s greatest pleasures came when he could spend time visiting with his family, especially his two young granddaughters.
Rodney is survived by Maureen, his wife of 25 years, sons Ian Jahn (Morgan Hill, Calif.), Jaret Jahn (San Diego, Calif.), and daughter Sarah Carter (San Francisco, Calif.). He had two granddaughters, Brooke (three), daughter of Ian and Christine, and Cailyn (two), daughter of Jaret and Fiona. Rod had two brothers, Gregory Jahn of Phoenix, Ariz., (wife Peggy) and Joseph Jahn of Mercer Island, Wash., (wife Nancy). Rodney was preceded in death by his parents Gerald A. Jahn of Minnesota and Mary S. Jahn of South Dakota.
A Celebration of Life will be held on July 13, 2013, from 2–4 p.m. at the Elk Valley Rancheria Community Center, 2332 Howland Hill Road, Crescent City.
In lieu of flowers, and because education played such a large part in Rodney’s life, the family is asking for donations to the Del Norte Scholarship Foundation, 125 Cable Lane, CC, where a memorial scholarship has been set up in Rod’s name.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.