Jason Leo Jenness

April 6, 1970 - July 22, 2001

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"VESTAL, N.Y. - Jason Leo Jenness, 31, of Hillside Drive, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2001, at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, Mass., surrounded by family and friends, after a valiant fight with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. 

He was born April 6, 1970 in St. Albans, Vt., and grew up in Littleton. He graduated from Littleton High School in 1988 where he excelled in sports and was a true class leader. He graduated from Daniel Webster College in Nashua in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in aviation management. He served  five years in the U.S. Air Force where he was a captain and senior missile launch officer. He had a master's degree in aviation science from Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

At the time of his diagnosis, he was completing his final course for a second master's degree in leadership from Augsbury College in Minneapolis, Minn. 

Following his military service, he worked for US West in Minneapolis and most recently was employed by Sanmina (formerly Hadco) Corp. in Owego, N.Y. 

He is survived by his wife, Doreen (West) Jenness of Vestal, N.Y.; his mother, Rhonda Jenness of Littleton, N.H.; his sister, Jade Monahan and her fiancé EJ Chea of Portsmouth; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tim and Sherry West of Hamilton, Mont.; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dan  and Laura West of Bozeman, Mont.; his niece, Taylor West of Bozeman, Mont.; his beloved yellow labs Sierra and Savanna; and many aunts, uncles and cousins."

"JENNESS - Jason Leo Jenness, 31, of Hillside Drive, Vestal, N.Y., died July 22, 2001. Calling hours will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Pillsbury Funeral Home, 101 Union St., Littleton, N.H. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, at the Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Joseph Klatka as celebrant. Committal rites will follow at the Saint Rose Catholic Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Jason Leo Jenness Memorial Fund, c/o Binghamton Savings Bank, 540 Hooper Road, Endwell, NY 13760; (607) 779-2345. Contributions will be made to "The Family Inn," a home-away-from-home for transplant patients and their families. Arrangements under the direction of the Pillsbury Funeral Homes."

"Jason Jenness, '92--Marathon in his Memory 

Date:  8/6/2001 4:49:48 PM 
Name:  Jade Monahan
EMail:  jade_alison@hotmail.com

My name is Jade Monahan, and my older brother Jason Jenness was a DWC Alum, Class of 1992, AFROTC. Jason passed away on July 22, 2001 after a valiant battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma—he was 31. 

In January 2002 I will be running a half marathon in memory of Jason. The half marathon I am running is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Team in Training,” with more than 75% of the money raised going to research and patient aid. Did you know that every nine minutes someone dies from leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma? In the last year: · I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease, a form of lymphoma (9.18.00) · I went through six months of chemotherapy to beat the disease (9.26.00- 3.7.01) · My brother was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma—a form of Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (the day of my final chemo, 3.7.01) · I achieved remission (3.29.01) · Jason passed away after many different forms of chemotherapy and radiation, and a failed attempt at an autologous stem cell transplant (7.22.01) 

My goal is to raise $10,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and I hope you will help me in this quest. If you’re interested in making a tax deductible contribution please contact me via email at jade_alison@hotmail.com


Jade Monahan " 

Jason and I met back when we attended DWC together.  He was a kind person, with a big heart, a goofy smile, and a love of life.  I had the pleasure of spending many memorable moments with him while we were at DWC.  Hehehe, we drank, laughed, joked, and shared many a fun together.  Especially when he was heard RA of Fremont dorm and I was the head of student security.  Hehehehe.... oh boy... there are some funny stories there and a lot of fond memories.  The picture seen here was taken in Zippy's room on the night of Jason's 21st birthday.  It was a wild and crazy night and as you can imagine, Jason enjoyed himself imensely :) 

Though I had lost touch with him over the past 4 years, his memory has not faded and I was truly blown away to have heard the news that he had passed away.  My god, he was only 3 months older than me... 

My thoughts and prayers go out to Rohnda Jenness (his mother), Doreen Jenness (his wife) and his family and friends.

Be well Jason.  Know that you lived a good life and touched the hearts of many...

And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that 
can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, 
and soar out of them again and become invisible 
in the sunny spaces. And even if he forever 
flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the 
mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop 
the mountain eagle is still higher 
than other birds upon the plain, 
even though they soar. 

Herman Melville "Moby-Dick"