Jesse B. Christensen
February 16, 2017
Jesse B. Christensen
1961 – 2017
One of God's choicest spirits was called home February 14, 2017 while timber sledding in the Flat Top area near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Jesse B. Christensen entered this world November 27, 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Evonne Busselberg Sharpe and Barrie Dee Christensen.
Jesse spent his youth in the Denver area, Las Vegas and St. George, Utah. Jesse attended Dixie High School in St. George, Utah, and graduated from Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Following his graduation, Jesse served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in South Africa. It was while serving his mission that he first realized his musical talent as he preached the gospel by song on the streets of South Africa. Jesse was currently serving as a first counselor in the bishopric in the Steamboat Springs LDS ward.
Jesse married his soul mate Leslie Hunt on April 21, 1998, and they were sealed for eternity on May 10, 2014. Written on the wall of their home is the quote, "Every once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, Love gives us a fairytale" and what a fairytale their love is! Leslie and Jesse have a rare, unique kind of love that is unmatchable.
Jesse is a musician, an artist, an adventurer and larger than life. Jesse lent his style and originality to everything he touched, whether he was gold leafing a temple somewhere in the world, customizing a family's home or, together with his son Colter, bringing smiles to many with his music. Jesse is a man who knew how to love his family, his crew, his friends and life to the fullest. He spread laughter, joy and goodness daily. Jesse lived everyday in gratitude and never carried the burden of bitterness.
Jesse has a loving relationship with his Savior and is well acquainted with Him. He lived the Savior's admonition to serve and love one another in everything he did. Jesse's son Brady with special needs helped him learn to walk in the Savior's way more perfectly.
Families are forever and so are friendships. If you had the privilege of crossing paths with Jesse, count yourself blessed for he saw greatness in everyone. Jesse is truly one of a kind and will be missed and forever loved by all who knew him.
Heaven just received the most amazing singing cowboy; his life flows on in endless song.
Jesse is survived by his wife Leslie, 6 children: Brady Christensen, Erin Best (Kyle), Michael Mangold, Joshua Mangold, Mailis Mangold and Colter Christensen, three adopted sons Stanley, Thomas and Bowen Johnson, 3 grandchildren Kolten Best, KyLee Best and Mason Mangold. He is also survived by his parents, stepfather Jack Sharpe, stepmother Anna Madsen, brothers: Kelly Christensen (Shelli), Chad Christensen (Sheena) and Ryan Stephens (Anji), sisters: Marsie Christensen, DeeAnna Christensen, Dawn Christensen, Leslie Christensen Bosch (Steve Foster), Stephanie Stephens, Aimee Stephens
Bonham (Jason) and Lori Stephens Bolerjack (Brian), former wife and Brady and Erin's mother Lindy Luben Bradbury, Leslie's parents Kathryn Hunt and Darwin Hunt, Hunt family brothers and sisters in law, many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, his Infinity Finishes paint crew and the Schaefer catalog family.
Jesse was preceded in death by his grandparents Fred and Else Tegtmeier Busselberg, Wells Morris and Etha Bleak Christensen, step grandfather Edwin Bohi, brotherinlaw LeRoy Taylor and sisterinlaw Ruth Murdock Hunt.
All are invited to celebrate Jesse's magnificent life. His funeral services will be held Monday, February 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Steamboat Springs LDS Ward Building, 1155 Central Park Drive. There will be a viewing preceding the funeral from 9:3010:45 and a viewing the evening before at the same location from 5 7pm. Graveside services and interment will be at the Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 S. Dixie Drive, St. George, Utah, on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 1pm.
The family wishes to thank all who were involved in Jesse's rescue efforts and recovery, including Routt and Garfield County Search and Rescue.
Happy Trails Cowboy!
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