Submitted by his Wife
Jess worked for the USDA Forest Service for 7 years. He volunteered with the California Department of Fire for 2 years. He volunteered every year at the Relay for Life cancer walk in Beaumont‚ CA.
He wanted to transfer to a city department someday but he always enjoyed teaching and the Forest Serivce allowed him to do that every winter. His hobbies included just about any activity that was outdoors: camping‚ skiing‚ snowboarding‚ soccer‚ dirt bike riding.
He is survied by his wife‚ Karen McLean; his mother Cecilia McLean; brother Josh McLean; brother Jeremy McLean; and sister Jamie Cale.
Submitted by a USDA Forest Service Family Liaison
Engineer Jess ‘Gus’ McLean was on of five firefighters killed while protecting a structure on the Esperanza Fire‚ October 26‚ 2006.
Jess was born August 7‚ 1979 in Fontana‚ California and lived in Beaumont‚ California for the past four years. He grew up in and has been a longtime resident of the Pass Area.
Working for the US Forest Service for the past seven years‚ Jess began his career 2 years earlier as a volunteer and paid call firefighter for the California Department of Forestry. His hobbies include vollyball‚ soccer‚ and water skiing.
Jess is survived by his loving wife of three years Karen; his mother Cecillia McLean; his brother and sister in law Josh & Christine; brother Jeremy; sister and brother in law Jamie & Matthew Cale; members of the Clays family; and many nieces‚ nephews‚ extended family‚ and close friends.