About Jeanne Utterback


Jeanne was born and raised in the Fall River Valley. She graduated from Fall River High School in 1976 where she was active in FFA, athletics and Student Government. Jeanne earned an AA from Butte Community College, a BA and teaching credential from Calif. State Univ., Chico and a Master's Degree from University of Nevada, Reno. Jeanne taught at Weed High School, Virginia City High School and Dayton High School before she moved home in 2000. She finished her 36-year career in education back at Fall River High School where she held her "dream job" as the Principal when she retired in July, 2018.

Jeanne taught Health, Spanish, Physical Education and History and she spent many years coaching volleyball, basketball, softball and golf. She also served as the Athletic Director and Vice Principal at Fall River. Jeanne continues to stay active serving as a member of the FFA Advisory Committee, the Northern Section Calif. Interscholastic Federation Executive Committee and the Burney Fall River Education Foundation Board of Directors.

In December of 2018, Jeanne was appointed to the MMHD Board of Directors after the retirement of long time Board Member, Mike Kerns. "Having a local Hospital is critical in the overall health of our community. I'm honored to be a part of this team" states Jeanne. Jeanne enjoys fishing, hunting, gardening and having fun with family and friends.

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In 1949 a Chamber of Commerce hospital committee was formed and began taking the first steps toward a visionary project -Ward Memorial Hospital. The Chamber's "Hospital Committee" compiled the costs of building a new hospital to present to taxpayers -the first hospital bond issue was defeated in 1950. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. After one private hospital discontinued practice due to inadequate facilities, leaving only one that could handle just 23 patients, the need for a county hospital was again fronted to the citizens in 1953. With the support of local doctors, civic groups and women's clubs, a bond election was called in March of 1954. In June of 1954 the voters voted six-to-one in favor of a county hospital.