The last time Linda Jue saw her husband alive, he was in the intensive care unit in a lot of pain.
Right before doctors gave him painkillers, Jeff Jue gave her two thumbs up and smiled.
The former Merced County mental health director was fighting for his life at the time. Doctors at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto were treating him for valley fever.
Jue was starting to enjoy his retirement when it was suddenly cut short by the fungal disease.
“He had only been retired for three years,” said Linda Jue, who lives in Modesto.