Aug. 21, 1942 — Nov. 19, 2018
Thursday, May 30, 2019
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            Daniel Jess

Daniel Lee Jess, age 76, of Ontario, Ore., passed away peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at home. (Surviving spouse is May McBride.)

A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. on June 2, 2109, at the Clarks Fork Baptist Church at 116 South C St. Bridger, Mont., 59014. Condolences may be made to Daniel’s family at arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.

Daniel was born on Aug. 21, 1942, to Jerry Amos Jess and Flossie Steigel Jess–McBride in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was raised and lived most of his life in the state of Montana, residing in Anaconda, Butte, Bozeman, Columbus, Billings and Bridger. He was known for being a meticulous and talented craftsman and a gentle, loving man. Throughout his life, he worked as a rancher, a journeyman meat cutter – building his own meat processing plant, as a skilled mason, construction contractor – where he built many homes for himself and others.

In 2001, he married May McBride in Melville, Mont. Together they fulfilled their lifelong dreams by developing a commercial Angus Ranch and living an enjoyable life filled with humor and fun.

His favorite pass times were hunting, fishing, packing into the mountains, and caring for his animals. In 2015, Dan and May moved to Ontario, Ore., to downsize their ranch and be closer to family and friends.

Dan is survived by his three children, Crystal (Steve) Gaines, Aloma (Sondra) Jess, Scott (Gloria) Jess; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; his step-children, Linda Anderson, Brenda (Erik) Freeman, Brian (Regina) Anderson; four step-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.