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Jesse King

Jesse King passed on to heaven on Nov. 17, 2013, in Florissant, Colo. He was 33.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Alamo Women's Club in Alamo, Calif.

Jesse was born in Monterey, Calif., on Aug. 1, 1980, to Joe and Annie King. Jesse grew up in Grass Valley and Mariposa, Calif. He graduated from Mariposa County High School in 2000, full of memorable and positive experiences. He studied art at Merced College. In 2010 he moved to Florissant, Colo., to live with his mother and stepfather.

During the last seven years, Jesse developed a deep love and appreciation for the great outdoors. He delighted in the daily opportunities to view wildlife in Colorado. One of his proudest moments was during a hunting trip with Wyoming Disabled Hunters in Cody, Wyo. From his wheelchair, Jesse successfully dropped his cow elk on a single shot just before dusk on Thanksgiving Day in 2009 and was proud to put 250 pounds of elk meat into the family freezer. At that moment he confided, "No one back in Mariposa would ever believe I did this! If I could walk, I would be one of those hunting and fishing kind of guys!" Despite his wheelchair, he enjoyed horseback riding and off-roading, too.

His other passions included reading and rock 'n' roll music from the 1950s and 1960s, especially the Beach Boys. As an avid reader, Jesse's favorite author was Clive Cussler. He read over 80 novels of varying genres in the nine months prior to his "home-going." Members of the Four Mile Fire Department near his home were always collecting sackloads of books for him to read.

Jesse gave his heart to the Lord at age 12 and attended Mariposa Revival Center in Mariposa for 16 years. For the last four years, he was an active member of Dayspring Christian Fellowship in Woodland Park, Colo., until his passing. But Jesse was probably best known for his wacky and sometimes dry sense of humor. Looking forward to a joyful reunion one day! God Bless, you Jesse!

Jesse is survived by his mother and stepfather, Annie and Cricket Buckley of Florissant, Colo.; his father and stepmother, Joseph and Patti King of Grass Valley, Calif.; grandfather, Bob King of Grass Valley; oldest brother, Christopher King and wife Regina of Modesto, Calif.; his younger brother, Joe King Jr. and wife Katie of Eureka, Calif.; stepbrother, Daniel Buckley of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nephews Hunter and Tanner Gentile of Fresno, Calif.; niece and nephew Alysia and James Saunders of Modesto; and niece, Jasmine Wood of Colorado Springs, Colo.

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