Longtime Jackson resident Deidre Jean Bainbridge died peacefully Nov. 22 following a sudden, unexpected heart ailment. Her husband, Tim Tennyson, brother Al, and a close friend were by her side. She was 65.
Her family provided the following.
Deidre was born Jan. 28, 1954, in Ukiah California, to Lawrence “Roy” Bainbridge and Audrey (Mello) Bainbridge.
Raised in Ukiah, Deidre was the eldest of her siblings, Al and Jessica, and a fifth generation Californian. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Davis.
Upon completion of law school, Deidre took a short hiatus to travel Europe, which would prove to be the beginning of her fascination for world travel. Committed to the less fortunate, and believing strongly in justice for all, Deidre worked for over eight years as a public defender in Oakland, California, and then settled as a private defense attorney in Jackson. Throughout her life, Deidre continued to use her law degree to advocate for people and causes that promoted a more just and better world.
In July 1989, while venturing on one of her many journeys, Deidre arrived in Jackson to climb the Grand Teton. On the Fourth of July, at a mutual friend’s barbecue, she met Tim Tennyson, who became the love of her life. As Tim would note, the fireworks started on that day and never stopped.
Best friends and companions for over 30 years, Deidre and Tim traveled the world. Their adventures included trips to Egypt, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Africa, Easter Island, South Georgia Island (in the southern Atlantic Ocean), Nepal, Bhutan, India, Churchill in Manitoba Canada, Alaska numerous times, Europe, the Azores Islands and many more. Deidre was the trip planner and Tim, in his words, the bag boy. Their many wonderful memories and experiences were created to last an eternity.
Above all, Deidre was a force to be reckoned with in fighting for the rights, well-being and management of wildlife and the environment. There are few other voices, if any, more powerful than hers that have spoken in defense of the creatures she so loved, respected and enjoyed. Inspiring others to do the same, Deidre spent days and nights passionately conducting research on issues important to the betterment and preservation of the creatures she believed were gifted to this earth. A true warrior for wildlife — especially the elk and the grizzly bears — Deidre’s voice will be truly missed.
Deidre was preceded in death by her mother and father, Audrey and Roy Bainbridge.
She is survived by her husband, Timothy Tennyson, of Jackson; her brother Alfred Bainbridge and his wife, Margo, of McKinleyville, California; sister Jessica James, of Ukiah; nieces Lauren, of San Diego, and Hilary, of Ukiah; and the two luckiest rescue dogs in the world, Raven Bainbridge and Sweet Pea Tennyson.
A celebration of life is being planned for early summer of 2020 for friends from near and far to gather and share stories of Deidre’s life. Should there be any desire, a donation in Deidre’s name to the charity of your choice, preferably having to do with wildlife, would be greatly appreciated.