Peter Brian Jessup |

Peter Brian Jessup

Peter Brian Jessup

Peter Brian Jessup, highly respected humanitarian, died Aug. 9 while descending the South Maroon Peak. He was celebrating his 27th birthday.

Peter attended the Glenwood Springs schools and graduated in 1999.

Peter is a cancer survivor. In the summer of 1997 he was diagnosed with leukemia. Upon his remission Peter determined that his mission was to help others.

Peter attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated with a major in theology in 2003. During his summer vacations Peter worked a nurse’s assistant at Glen Valley Care Center, providing care for senior citizens. Peter also participated in a Semester Abroad Program, where he traveled to the Dominican Republic. There he became fluent in the Spanish language and assisted in medical care in the rural areas of the Dominican Republic.

Peter spent several years employed by Catholic Charities ” Western Slope, where he coordinated assistance and advocacy to Latinos of the Roaring Fork Valley. He also mediated and interpreted cases within our local court system.

Peter took another step in becoming the Community Organizer, at Congregations and Schools Empowered/Metro Organizations for People where he wrote for grants within our schools and churches, again assisting communities from Aspen to Parachute.

Peter was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year on Feb. 6, 2006 by the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce.

As a high school student, Peter had a dream of becoming a marine biologist. This past year he determined that he still could chase that dream. He planned to return to Columbia later this fall and obtain his master scuba certification. His ambition was to dive the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. From there we may never know where Peter’s adventure and love of life would take him, with his sparkling eyes and infectious smile and laugh.

In addition, Peter loved the outdoors and all it had to offer, good music, reading and dancing.

Peter is survived by his grandmother, Ruth Jessup, mother Judy Brittern and her husband Doug of Glenwood Springs, father Ted Jessup and his wife Mary of New Castle, sister Jennifer Wachtel and her husband Jonathan of Denver, stepsister Sarah Williams and her husband, Zeph of New Castle, half-brother Kip Jessup, half-sister Morgan Jessup of New Castle and friend and wife Alejandra Rico Jessup, of Glenwood Springs.

Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 a Farnum Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. 7th St., Glenwood Springs.

Msg. Tom Dentici will officiate the funeral service and Resurrection Mass on Tuesday, August 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Crown Catholic Church in Carbondale.