Jason Kemp's family issues statement on his death

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

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."

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  • by Gilbert Location: Grand Junction on Jul 27, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    Wow I am disgusted with the disregard of life that you all have. No matter what the situation was a life was lost, and the officer has to also live with the fact the he shot and killed someone for the rest of his life.
  • by lie in your bed TOM Location: Tom's facebook page-please leave comments about my post on Jul 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM
  • by Jennie on Jul 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM
    To Dave and Tom.. I really hope that you two are not locals, it would without a doubt disgust me that I live along side such apathetic and selfish people in this community, and that my children are subjected to you, as “adult” examples as well. Regardless of the past of this young man, it is still a serious loss to his family. Regardless of your "opinion", this young man was someone's son, brother, and friend..shame on you for your lack of compassion and common courtesy for him as well as his family in their time of loss. I bet you would feel differently if this was a member of YOUR family, or you, yourself. It has been said that in order to aid people in a change you have to first be given the chance to change, if not given the chance, changes are not possible. Your blatant disregard in the response to this family's humble request, to be left alone, brings the phrase back to me to consider the source. Do you think that your family would be proud of the comments you have left? Again, if you hold the hot coals of anger and hatred in your hand, they will burn you, and it is you that suffer.
  • by Dave Location: Grand Junction on Jul 25, 2010 at 04:02 PM
    Well, I've been stopped before and *surprise* I wasn't shot. Those so quick to blame LE personnel should be looking at the "victim". As it goes, "Stupid is as stupid does".
  • by Tom Skubal Location: Kewaunee on Jul 25, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    A person with his past record was just fulfilling his destiny of "NATURAL SELECTION" nothing more.
  • by richie Location: grand junction on Jul 23, 2010 at 09:58 PM
    another tragic death at the hands of our over eager police i guess if you dont comply at every command they have a right to take your life anymore when and if i come in contact with police i will first hollar out please dont shoot and kill me im a human being with a family im unarmed sorry i was driving 5 miles over the speed limit please officer dont kill me i will also have a recording device so my family can hear my pleas before i die lets see what our local justice system does now they will probably say the officer feared for his life but was unable to back off because well he is a cop lets just shoot
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