ALTONAH - Quinn Reay Jessen, age 29 of Altonah, passed away Jan.11, 2009 at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City after complications following an oil rig accident in Pinedale, Wyo.
He was born to Robert Lee Jessen and Monica Faye Prince Jessen on March 20, 1979. Quinn married the love of his life, Mandy Denea Bera, on Aug. 16, 2003 in Altonah.
He graduated from Altamont High School in 1997 and attended the college of Eastern Utah in Price to be close to Mandy.
Quinn, better known as Vern, was ambitious and highly motivated. Always the first to offer help and would tackle any job, large or small, whether he knew anything about it or not.
He was always cheerful, bringing a joke and a smile to everyone he was around. His quick wit and sense of humor was unequaled, always making the best of any bad situation. His talent for nicknames came to him through his grandpa Jessen. Nobody was ever called by their real name, including Vern. He fondly called his wife Emma Lou.
His hobbies included watching TV, especially John Wayne movies, old cars, big fast trucks, motorcycles, tattoos and country music. He inherited his dad's love of motorcycles, hunting, guns, the mountains and family values.
Quinn's love of his wife and extended family showed in everything he did., always putting them first.
Quinn's talents and abilities were recognized by his employer, Unit Drilling Company, where he worked for seven years, starting in the corner and eventually being promoted to a rig manager. He was a dedicated employee and respected all of the men he worked for and with. His hands admired him to a point of not only being his hands, but also his friends.
Quinn is an important part of all our lives. We will miss his quick wit and winning smile, his endless jokes and happy disposition. We hope that someday we can understand why he was taken from us so soon.
We love you, Quinn.
He is survived by his wife, Mandy, Altonah; parents Lee and Monica Jessen, Altonah; mother-in-law, Denise Bera, Price; father-in-law, Bruce Ross, Salt Lake City; grandparents, Beth Jessen, Altonah; Bill Prince, Mt. Carmel, Ill.; and grandmother-in-law, Joy Bera, Helper. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Reay Jessen, grandmother, Roxie Prince and grandfather-in-law, Angelo Bera, uncle, Steve Prince; and aunt, Theresa Prince.
Funeral services Thursday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. at the Altamont LDS Chapel. Friends may call at the church Thursday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Burial, Altamont Cemetery under direction of Hullinger Mortuary.