GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The family of Jason Kemp issued a statement Friday night about his passing and announced a memorial fund has been set up in his name.
In an email to 11 News, Kemp's sister Leisel wrote the following on behalf of her family:
"Jason's family and friends have suffered a great loss due to a Colorado State Trooper tragically taking Jason's young life. Jason was a long-time Grand Junction resident who graduated from Mesa State College in Spring 2002 with an Associate of Applied Science in Technology Integration. He was a hard worker who was laid off from Patterson-UTI as a Derrick Man. He was also a student pilot who enjoyed being in the air.
Jason will be remembered as an easy going, fun loving guy with a great sense of humor. He was a loving, loyal son and a caring brother who has helped support family members when the need arose. Jason was a "beautiful person" who had a "contagious laugh that lit up the room with his smile" and "was like a brother" to many people, as reported by his friends. He was also great with kids and had a gentle spirit.
His celebration of life will be Tuesday July 27th @1pm at Canyon View Vineyard Church Chapel; pot luck afterwards.
Our family really appreciates community support. However during this difficult time, Jason's family would appreciate privacy.
If you need information about Jason's service please contact Mesa Funeral Service. If you would like to help out, please send funds to Jason Kemp Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank."