John Crawford Kester

Male 1933 - 2015  (81 years)

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  • Name John Crawford Kester 
    Born 6 Nov 1933 
    Gender Male 
    Name John C Kester  [1
    Residence 1957  Grand Junction, Mesa, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 7 May 2015 
    Person ID I7226  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2020 

    Family Madalyn Louise Smith,   b. 7 Aug 1935, Fruita, Mesa, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 2015  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 7 Aug 1954 
     1. Living Kester  [natural]
     2. Living Kester  [natural]
     3. Living Kester  [natural]
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F2394  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • John "Jack" Kester
      November 6, 1933 - May 7, 2015
      Jack was born in Palisade to the union of John and Melba Kester. His father had died prior to his birth. He lived on his grandfather's peach orchard until Melba married Bob Walker when Jack was four. At the age of 14 he met the love of his life, Madalyn Smith, they married six years later.
      The family eventually settled in Fruita. Upon graduating from Mesa Jr. College with a degree in geology, he worked for a uranium exploration company and discovered a multi-million dollar mine. He entered the Navy and after his discharge he went to work for American Gilsonite Company where he stayed for several years. He then worked at Mesa College as the purchasing director for 22 years until his retirement in 1989.
      Jack loved the outdoors. The Colorado river was one of his favorite spots he founded the Colorado Canyon Cruises. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Once Lake Powell was established he, family, and friends spent many vacation days on the lake. Jack and Madalyn explored the country in their camper always chasing warmer weather and good times. But his biggest joy in life was being with his family. Jack could be found cheering on his grandkids at every sporting event, chanting his famous saying "Way to go!".
      He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Madalyn Kester; children, Karen (Mike) Engler, Highlands Ranch, CO; Patty Kester and John (Suzie) Kester of Grand Junction; four grandsons, Michael Engler, JC Kester, Dillon Marshall and Tommy Kester, and four granddaughters, Laura Engler, Daphne Kester, Savannah Marshall and Tessa Kester; two great-grandsons, and brother, Bob (Sharon) Walker.
      At Jack's request no services are planned.
      Memorial contributions can be made to HopeWest, 3090B N. 12th St. Grand Junction, 81506. - See more at:

  • Sources 
    1. [S235] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,, (Name: Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;).
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