Over 75 well-wishers crowded into the banquet room at the Lake Shastina Golf Course clubhouse Saturday to pay respects and say good-bye to Lake Shastina Community Services District general manager Jamie Lea who retired last Wednesday  after 40 years of service to the community.
“We are here today to honor a 40 year career. All you have to do is look around and you can see those 40 years,” said Tom Wetter, a LSCSD board director who hosted the event.
Past president of the board Richard Negro presented Lea with a plaque that was a “Proclamation of Service.” Negro said with a touch of humor, “One of his greatest assets was that he could talk anybody into anything.”
Current board member Bev Roths presented Lea another plaque honoring his 40 years of “excellent service.”
Siskiyou County supervisor Michael Kobseff honored Lea’s service to the community with a “Certificate of Appreciation,” and Lake Shastina Police Chief Rick Alves gave Lea a certificate from the police department.
The presentations finished when Wetter presented the Leas with a large framed aerial photo of their home.
“I’d like to start by thanking everybody especially Tom Wetter, Richard Negro and Brenda Baines for putting this together,” Lea said. “I also want to thank the employees here I have worked with, the board directors and all the volunteers who worked so hard here. I got more than a paycheck here.”
Lea then introduced his family and thanked them.
Retired member of the county board of supervisors and life-long area resident Bill Hoy took a moment to speak saying, “Back in the early days we didn’t give Lake Shastina much of a chance. But Jamie did things he can be really proud of.”
Lea’s son L.J. had a few words to say in honor of his father. “I learned a lot from my dad. I always thought he was under appreciated here but today I learned just how appreciated he was.”