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Jess' Union
updated: Feb 12, 2013, 11:01 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone know what happened to Jess' Union on the corner of Milpas and Montecito? I hope father and son's are enjoying a well deserved retirement. My husband worked at the station in the 50's while in high school.

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 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 11:06 AM

I don't know them personally but I see one feller around I seen there before a guy driving a greyish Chevy pickup truck..He's probably in his 50's or 60's with short hair..I actually see him there once in awhile visiting next time I do I'll ask him if he's Jess..


 COMMENT 373706 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 11:42 AM

Jess Jimenez (Sr) passed a few years ago. His twin sons, Jess Jr. and Roger took over. After Unocal sold the property, they no longer sold gas,but still operated the back room as a repair shop.
Jess Jr. developed some health issues,was physically unable to continue and, sadly succumbed to them just a couple of months ago.
Roger (no relation to 'Dodger') gave up the shop and is working for a local auto repair shop


 COMMENT 373711 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 11:59 AM

also, most for Unocal (Union76) owners got out of the business when Unocal sold out to Tosco in the mid 90's. Tosco had a different business model for the franchises, as seen in todays 76/CircleK stations.


 COMMENT 373712 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 11:59 AM

OP here - Thank You for the information. I knew Jess Sr had not been well, even through his health battles he always wore a smile. So sorry about Jess Jr. He and Roger were always so kind to me.


 COMMENT 373721 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 12:17 PM

373706, You have it right. Roger is at the Auto Works on Mason St. for anyone that is looking for him.
RIP Jess.


 COMMENT 373726 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 12:41 PM

Long time, good people, took care of their customers.


 COMMENT 373791 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-12 03:43 PM

Jess Jr taught me how to split shot for monster Large mouth bass, I practiced what he taught and caught the fish of a life time, a 17lber out of Casitas, plus many others...

I showed up at his gas station as a young stranger (we knew people in common) and told him "I heard he knew how to catch big bass and could he show me how" well he did and I will never forget...

Big baits for big fish, when you think your reeling slow enough your not

Great fishermen/hunters never fear teaching or showing someone how to do it

Thank you Jess!!


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