Aug. 21, 1942 — Nov. 19, 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018
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Daniel Jess

Daniel Lee Jess, age 76, of Ontario, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at home.

(Surviving spouse May McBride). Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2018, at Park Community Church, 201 Holly Rd (HWY201) Ontario, Ore., 97914. Pastor Ed Renk will officiate. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery, 1969 N. River Rd., Payette, Idaho. Friends may call at the Park Community Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Condolences may be made to Daniel’s family at Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. A spring memorial will be announced near Bridger.

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. In 1959, he married Katherine Anita Church and had three children, Crystal, Aloma, and Scott. They later divorced.

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 the 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 wife, May McBride; brother Carl Jess (Mary Kay, deceased) of Anaconda, Mont.; his half-brother Pete McBride of Alaska; brother-in-law Lyle Cunningham (Helen deceased) of Twin Falls, Idaho; his 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.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Laura (Norm), Viola (Jimmy) and Helen Cunningham.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Boise or Billings Rescue Mission, or to the Cancer Foundation in care of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel P. O. Box 730 Payette, Idaho 83661.