February 9, 1973 – April 3, 2021
Jeff was born and raised in Modesto. He graduated from Davis High in 1991 before serving five years in the Marine Corps. He attended Modesto Junior College and Stanislaus State graduating with a degree in Psychology. He received his teaching credential and Master's Degree, and taught Special Education in the Manteca Unified and Modesto City School Districts for 15 years. He continued his military service in the Army National Guard for two years and attended Officer Candidate School becoming a Second Lieutenant. Jeff recently embraced his entrepreneurial spirit and became owner of a Togo's Sandwich Shop in Riverbank. An adventurous spirit and a friend to many, he is survived by his loving wife Samantha of nearly 16 years and their two children (Cora-11 and Connor-9) who meant the world to him. He was preceded in death by his sister Lisa Brown, and he is also survived by his mother Shirley Beckwith, sister Wendy McCrea, brother Brian Beckwith, and numerous nieces and nephews. An outdoor memorial service will be held on April 10th at 11:00 am at Covenant Grove Church, 4825 Roselle Ave in Modesto. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Legion Post 74 in Jeff's memory.
Covenant Grove Church
April 8, 2021
God, I love all the memories I have had with you, from teaching me how to microwave my corn on the Cobb to perfecting flank steak on the grill!! Holidays will for sure be different without you!! You are a good man, a great dad and husband!! One of the best!!! I know your watching over all of us spreading your contagious love!! Rest In Peace!!! ❤️
April 8, 2021
I DO Love You Very Much... Always Have...
As a Soldier to a Soldier I tell the same as I have told many Soldiers before you. Some with their blood still on me...
LIVE FOREVER, BROTHER!
Now as your loving Father I Assure You Of This. I Have Never Stopped Loving You. My Son!
I So Hoped That You Would Have Discovered The Joy Of Forgiveness. We Could Have Been Great Friends. I Know Because Of The Day In Denver When You Raced You Brave Heart Out And Beat Me To The Bottom Of The Toboggan Hill On That Dangerous Down Hill Run. I Truly Did Not Think You Could Do It, But You Did.
I Will Think Of You For All Of My Rest Of My Life. Just As I Have For ALL OF YOUR LIFE...
I Have Miss Knowing You,
All Of My Heart And Love
Richard Crosby White
Richard & Karen Berg
April 8, 2021
Jeff, our nephew whom we have known your entire life. What a wonderful man you have become. A man of God, a wonderful husband that loved his wife Samantha and his two children, Cora and Connor so very much. He was such a great man that genuinely cared for his family.
You loved going to church and put God above your family and all else. When we saw you, you always gave hugs and asked how we were, not just something to say, but were honestly concerned about us.
Jeff was 9 months older than our twins and 2 years younger than our oldest daughter. He was so much fun while growing up with the girls. In fact, when his 2 sisters and 5 other cousins, all girls, would get together, they would make him one the them and dress him up in girls clothes; what a man.
What a very intelligent man you became and such a wonderful friend to so many. We love you so much and are going to miss you. We will not say goodbye but we say will see you soon on the other side, Heaven.
Your aunt Karen & uncle Richard
April 7, 2021
In loving memory of Jeff white,
Jeff your family at togos will truly miss you. You always went out of your way to check on us and make sure we were doing okay. You genuinely cared about us and we noticed. You took time to ask us about our day and how we were doing. We’ve only known you at Togo’s since October of 2020 but the time we spent with you has definitely been the best. You wanted Togo’s to be a very welcoming business to come and enjoy sandwiches and we think you’ve reached your goal. Our favorite memory will always be you saying you were going home but just had to restock all the chips and sodas before you left. Many may think it was just a sandwich shop but you made it so much more, from the gifts to the encouraging advice. We will miss your greetings as we entered the store trying to pry open the heavy door you fixed many...many times and the excitement you shared when we were busy. We will continue to be our best and keep up the standard you set for the shop and will always remember you for the great boss you were. Thank you for everything and so much more.
My Condolences to the White family
April 6, 2021
In loving memory of Jeffrey White,
I met Jeff over 20 years ago. I had just moved from Berkeley, CA to Modesto. We were both in our twenties, trying to find our place in the world. As I think back on that time, the first memory that comes to mind is the conversation we had about this beautiful girl he had started dating named Samantha. Unbeknownst to her, he had plans to marry her... and one day HE DID. With every year that passed, he would tell me he knew she was the best decision of his life. Sam probably thought we only talked about the movie projector he had installed upstairs. Or about some gadget Jeff had bought on our run to Best Buy. And, we did (lol). But, he also talked about the love of his life, Sam. These conversations make me smile because although I want to grieve Jeff’s short time on this Earth, I also know he had found what many hope to find. He had found love. And, with the family God gave him, Jeff knew he was finally “home”. As I reflect on our conversations, it is clear to me that Jeff lived what Ecclesiastes says: “Enjoy life with your beloved wife all the days of your life” and “Nothing is better for a man than to eat and enjoy his work. I have also seen that this is from the hand of God. “ Jeff valued hard work. And he valued the fruits of God’s provision. But, most of all, he loved God. He loved Sam. And, he adored his children. His family was the light of his life. I knew Jeff when he was single and I knew him as a husband and a father. As a single man, his heart only knew a deep yearning for more. As a married man, his heart was full. He understood that he was always meant to be a husband to Sam and a father to his children. And for that, he was grateful. So today, I smile for the life of my friend. Jeff was one of my best friends in life. Who else could unexpectedly call me in San Diego (where I live now) and say “I’m in town, I found a great donut shop, let’s talk”. And, of course, we did. We will share a meal in Heaven, I’m sure!