Longtime Jackson resident Jesse Lee James Abbott died unexpectedly July 16 at the Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oregon. He was 42.
His family provided the following.
He is survived by his parents, Ben and Marsha Abbott; his fiance, Paula Hamilton; and his foster siblings.
His family and friends were excitedly anticipating his wedding in September. Now sadly they will be gathering for his upcoming memorial instead. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses in Idaho Falls.
Jesse grew up in Jackson Hole, and worked for White Glove Cleaning for over 20 years.
He always left a good impression on people. He was kind, generous and gregarious, and always found a way to inspire people to reach out and do more.
He had a passion for art of all kinds, skateboarding and most notably for teaching from the Bible. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, he spent many years in a full-time ministry work choosing to work only part time secularly. He spent the last seven years of his life learning American Sign Language so he could help the deaf study the Bible.
We eagerly yearn for the day when Jehovah God will resurrect Jesse back to life on earth. And though his life was cut short, his family and friends all recognize that he is merely sleeping in death (John 11:11-13). Soon we all will be reunited with him in the promised paradise when mankind “will live forever on [the earth]” (Psalm 37:29). At that time God has promised that “death will be no more. Neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore” (Rev. 21:4).
Jesse trusted in these promises and often used these very scriptures to show many people what the Bible really teaches concerning mankind’s future. Until that time comes we all look to Jehovah, “the God of all comfort,” for the endurance to continue (2 Corinthians 1:3).
To those who know his family, your kind words and support has truly been appreciated. The family would like to express their thanks for all of the love that has been shown and for your prayers in their behalf. Please do not hesitate to share condolences as well as fond memories of Jesse.