Beloved father and son killed in Hwy. 97 collision

Skye Kinkade
Known affectionately by friends and family as ‘The Jacks,’ Jack E. Ratliff and his son, Jack died in a collision on Highway 97 near Weed last week.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help Weed’s Lydia Ratliff, who lost her husband and 13 year old son in a collision on Highway 97 last Thursday, June 20.

Jack E. Ratliff, age 45, and “Little Jack” Ratliff will be remembered for their happy and helpful natures after succumbing to injuries suffered when a semi collided with the rear of their Jeep Cherokee just after 10:30 a.m.

Jack Sr. often referred to himself as a “jack of all trades,” said friend Charolette Kalayjian. She described him as a caring, generous person who would drop everything to help others.

“If you called him and said your sink wouldn’t stop running, or your cat died and you needed help burying it, Jack would be there,” Kalayjian said.

Little Jack, an only child, was a student at Golden Eagle Charter School in Mount Shasta who enjoyed Minecraft and the TV show “Rick and Morty.” He inherited an infectious laugh from his mom, said Kalayjian, adding that he was a “caring, open-hearted person.”

The elder Jack enjoyed working on cars. He did home healthcare and worked at Alpaca on the Rocks on Highway 97.

The family has lived in the Weed area for about five years, said Kalayjian.

The Ratliffs were traveling southbound on Highway 97 approaching Solus Drive at an unknown speed, the CHP said in a press release.

“For reasons yet to be determined,” the front of the semi, driven by 32 year old Gupreet Singh Sr. of Sacramento, collided with the rear of the Cherokee in the northbound lane, CHP said.

Singh was uninjured in the collision, which is still under investigation.

The Go Fund Me campaign, which as of Monday had raised more than $4,000 of a $5,000 goal will help Lydia with funeral expenses for “the Jacks.”

To donate to the Go Fund Me campaign online, go to

You may also send a check in Lydia’s name to the Mount Shasta Brewery, where she has worked for the past four years. A bank account will be set up to keep the funds, said Kalayjian. The Mount Shasta Brewery’s address is 360 College Avenue, Weed CA, 96094.