January 10, 1978 ~ January 18, 2019
Born in: Englewood, Colorado
Resided in: Greeley, Colorado
Jesse was born in Englewood, Colorado on January 10th, 1978 and passed away on January 18th, 2019 in Greeley, Colorado. He celebrated his 41st birthday a little more than a week prior to his death. At the time of his death, Jesse worked as a Deputy Sheriff with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, in Adams County, Colorado.
Jesse was a graduate of Arapahoe High School, Littleton, Colorado, class of 1997. During his High School years he was a Patrolman/Lieutenant at Arapahoe Rescue Patrol, Inc., in Littleton, Colorado (June 1993 – January 1997).
Jesse had an extensive military background, serving in multiple branches of the military over the course of his career. His military service started a few days after he graduated High School, when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1997. During his time with the United States Marine Corps, Jesse rose to the level of Sergeant (E-5). He served over 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, including a stint with a Marine Detachment on the USS George Washington (CVN-73) out of Norfolk, Virginia. Jesse was honorably discharged in March 2001. During his service with the United States Marine Corps, Jesse earned the following awards, medals and accommodations; Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy “E” Ribbon, Certificate of Commendation, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Rifle Expert Badge 4th Award, Pistol Sharpshooter Badge.
From September 2001 through February 2002, Jesse attended the Colorado Sheriff’s Training Institute. After graduating from the Colorado Sheriff’s Training Institute, he worked as a police officer with the following agencies; Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, Denver Police Department, Lafayette Police Department, and the Adams County Sheriff’s Office.
In March 2002, Jesse enlisted in the Army National Guard, where he served until February 2005. From July 2008 – March 2010, he was an International Police Adviser (IPA) at DynCorp International FZ LLC, in Baghdad, Iraq, where he helped train the Iraq Police Forces. Jesse re-enlisted as a Sergeant in the Army National Guard in March 2012, where he was active until March 2016.
From May 2013 – June 2016, Jesse worked as a Colorado P.O.S.T. Certified Deputy County Coroner/ Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator with the Adams County Government, in Adams County, Colorado.
On March 8th, 2016 Jesse transferred from the Army National Guard to the Air National Guard in Greeley, Colorado, where he was a Technical Sergeant (E-6) until the time of his death. He spent time with his Air National Guard unit just two weeks prior to his death. During his time with the Air National Guard, Jesse earned the following awards, medals and accommodations; National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Air Force Marksmanship Award Ribbon, Colorado National Guard Long Service Medal, Colorado National Guard Adjutant General Outstanding Unit Citation, Colorado National Guard State Emergency Service Ribbon. During the last few years of his life, as a Military Marksman, Jesse competed in Armed Forces Marksmanship Competitions, where he earned several medals.
Anyone who knew Jesse for more than a few hours, realized he was a fun-loving guy with an incredible sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing with his dogs and riding his Harley Davidson.
Jesse is survived by his wife, Sheila M. Constable, of Johnstown, Colorado; step-daughter, April L. Baker, of Aurora, Colorado; father, Roy W. Jenson, of Centennial, Colorado; mother, Vala J. Crail, of Moline, Illinois; brother, Dave Crail, of Denver, Colorado; sister, Mary Tucker and brother-in-law, Chris Tucker, of Las Vegas, Nevada; nephew, Dylan Tucker, of Las Vegas, Nevada; and his two Labrador Retrievers, Bailey and Angel.
Jesse was a kind and caring individual, who was quick to help someone in need. He would do anything for anyone, he was just that kind of a guy! Jesse loved his family and friends, his Country and his Brothers-and-Sisters-in-Blue, he represented and served each with pride, dignity, honor and respect. He was truly an American Hero, having spent his entire adult life serving and protecting the citizens of the United States of America, both at home and abroad. With the passing of Jesse Bennett Jenson, Heaven has a new “Badass Angel” with a very playful sense of humor. Jesse will be truly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. Rest in peace Jesse.
Memorial donations to help Jesse’s family may be made at www.coloradopolicefoundation.org/deputy-jesse-jensen-fund OR www.gofundme.com/jesse-b-jenson-memorial-fund
Funeral Service will be Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 11am at Denver First Church of the Nazarene, 3800 East Hampden Avenue, Englewood. Committal Service will be Thursday, January 31, 2019, 10:30am at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area B, 3698 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver.
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Funeral Service: January 30, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Denver First Church of the Nazarene
3800 East Hampden Avenue
Englewood, CO 80113
The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Jesse B. Jenson's name.