Arthur D. Jesser

February 19, 1930April 28, 2021

Arthur D. Jesser Captain, SC, USN, Ret.

Arthur (Art) Jesser, passed away on April 28, 2021 at the age of 91. He was born to Frank P. and Barbara Boyer Jesser in Fort Collins. Art was number 6 of nine brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters – Millie, Vi, and Annie and three brothers, twins Herbert and Bob and Nick, granddaughter, Katrina Dees.

Art graduated from FCHS in 1948 where he enjoyed being Class President and also a varsity wrestler.

His education included a BS from U.S. Naval Academy, MBA from University of Pittsburgh, Graduate of the Naval War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Art was on the Navy Wrestling Team for 4 years.

Duty stations were USS Robinson DD-562);USS Coral Sea(CVA-45); Charleston Naval Shipyard; Supply Corps School; Headquarters Support Activity, Yokosuka, Japan; Bremerton Naval Shipyard; University of Pittsburgh; Navy Resale System Office Brooklyn, New York; USS Annapolis (AGMR-1); Office of Chief of Naval Operations Pentagon; Industrial College of The Armed Forces; Naval Base Pearl Harbor.

He served 30 years in the Navy and upon retirement in 1978 he returned home. He went to work at CSU in 1980 and was Director of Purchasing for 18 months until selected Director of Administrative Services where he worked 12 ½ years until his second retirement in 1992. He was once Chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and served on the Board a number of years. He enjoyed gardening, travel, stamp and coin collecting.

He will be remembered as a loving Christian husband and devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather.

Survivors include two sisters: Nancy (Bill) Taylor of Fort Collins, and Sandy (Larry) Maier of Cheyenne, daughters; Kathy (Michael) Dees and Dana Jesser of Sylacauga, AL.; son Steve Jesser of San Diego, stepdaughter Lori Miltner of Temucula, CA and stepson Alan Deweese of Commerce City, CO, grandchildren, Alan (Kelley) Dees, Wesley Dees, Jennifer Adair, Justin Adair (Tony) and Rosemary Jesser.

Special thanks to all the Care Givers from Amada and Senior Helpers. Also, thanks to Hospice and The Center at Rock Creek and the staff of both for their care.

Cremation is planned and a memorial service will be held at the Salvation Army on 3901 S. Mason Street, Fort Collins, CO 80525 on May 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm.

Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.


  • Memorial Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021


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Michelle Deckard

May 3, 2021

I was Art's caregiver on the weekends for the last 3.5 years and I became quite fond of him. We also talked on the phone every single evening. I will always cherish our time together!! He had the most amazing stories and truly lived a full life. Many thanks to the US Navy for giving him the opportunity to travel the world.

One of my favorite stories has to be when he worked on opening a Baskin Robbins ice cream shop on the Naval base in Hawaii! He would have been my hero for that!! Then I went to the local Baskin Robbins shop and got us some Baseball Nut ice cream. He said that was the best flavor he ever tried!! Then we would get some of that ice cream every baseball season!

I will certainly miss my dear best friend Art! And I will treasure all our memories forever and ever!!!

God bless and I love you, Art!!!

Steve Young

May 2, 2021

The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for CAPT Jesser's 30 years of distinguished service to our country in the Navy. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO