Jarred was born in Chickamauga, GA on February 24, 1944 to Jarred Alexander Simmons, Sr. and Emily Ann Spivey Simmons. Jarred grew up in Marietta, GA and graduated from Marietta High School. He joined the United States Navy in May 1964 for a long and dedicated career , and was sent to the Recruit Training Center in San Diego, CA. Jarred then transferred to Naval Technical Training Center (NTTC) in Pensacola, FL to attend T-Branch School. His first assigned duty station was in Guam where he was stationed for 2 years; Jarred then was transferred to Sidi Yahia in Morocco for one year. He then attended the Naval Communications School in Cheltenham, MD. His next assignment was to the Naval Security Group Activity (NSGA) in Winter Harbor, ME.
It was in Maine where he met and married Diane. Jarred was then assigned to NSGA Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico where their daughter, Naomi was born. During his tour in Puerto Rico, Jarred was deployed for 8 months on the USS JOSEPHUS DANIELS (CG-27). From Puerto Rico he took an assignment at the NSGA Augsburg, Germany where their son, Jarred III was born. After Augsburg Jarred had a year unaccompanied tour of duty at the Naval Communication School (NCS) British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) in Diego Garcia. Jarred had the distinct pleasure of another tour in Augsburg, Germany where he made CHIEF. He returned to the United States and Pensacola for Instructor/Course Manager of the Bullseye Outstation Operator Course (BOOC). His final tour (twilight) was at the NSGA Terceira Island (Azores). Jarred retired from the United States Navy after 26 years of service on 1 June 1990.
Jarred attended Troy State University. He worked for Circle K before becoming a Curriculum Developer for Engineering Research Associates. Jarred then became employed by AmerInd / General Dynamics Information Technology from 1993 until 2009, a career he dearly loved where he developed curriculum and worked with wonderful people. He retired and lived the life of leisure for his remaining years enjoying his children and grandchildren.
Jarred is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane, daughter Naomi and son, Jarred III; two grandsons: Samuel and Xander, and sister, Caroline Hastreiter along with nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, Jarred Sr. “Red” and Emily, and sister, Ann.
Family and friends are invited to join in remembering Jarred at: Trahan Funeral Home on “W” Street on Thursday July 23rd, 2020. Visitation will begin at 11:00, with a private family ceremony at Barrancas National Cemetery where he will be interred.
In Lieu of flowers to donate please make contributions to the Navy Memorial Fund.