Donald Jessen

March 21, 1952-June 15, 2021

Donald F. Jessen, 69,

Minot, passed peacefully

into the loving arms of

Jesus surrounded by his

family at home on Tues-

day, June 15, 2021.

Donald Fredrick Jessen

was born on March 21,

1952, a son of Donald and

Marian E. (Samuelson)

Jessen, in Wadena, MN.

He was followed by one

sister and four brothers.

He grew up in a busy,

happy family.

When Donald was in

the 8th grade, his parents

built a home in Robin-

wood Estates, rural Minot.

He started attending Des

Lacs High School and gra-

duated in 1971. That is

where he met his lifetime

love and partner, Marcia.

They were married young

on January 6, 1971. They

celebrated their 50th an-

niversary this year.

The couple moved to

Minneapolis where Don

went to work for his uncle

Marvin, then left for an

adventure in Montana,

then back to Minneapolis,

then came home to North

Dakota where they


In 1979, Don loaded up

which was now a family

of 5 and went to Tulsa,

OK to attend Tulsa School

of Welding. He also

worked at Southwest Plas-

tics where he met three

young men who were at-

tending Oral Roberts

University. That is where

Don learned about accept-ing Jesus as Lord and Sa-

vior, which he did.

In coming back to North

Dakota, he thought he

would work as a certified

welder, which he did for a

time but God had a dif-

ferent plan. In 1981,

Jessen Roofing, Inc. was

born and is celebrating 40

years this year.

Don enjoyed hunting,

fishing, golf, horseback

riding, Bible study, spend-

ing time with his family,

fast cars and the 4th of


Don had many health

challenges starting at the

age of 45. He dealt with a

lot of pain and loss of his

ability to do the things he

loved. Despite all of this,

he never complained and

remained a faithful in-

spiration to the very end.

Please don’t be sad for

too long-be happy for him

because he is free, whole

and in the presence of the


Missing him are:

Wife of 50 years, Mar-

cia; Son, Doni ( (Jeannie)

Jessen; Daughters, Brandi

(Joe) Joiner and Bridget

(Patrick) Lien; Grandchil-

dren, Tanner, Levi, Dan-

ny, Mannie, Sydney, Eli-

jah, Batya, Benjamin and

Jack; Great-grandchild,

Mylee; Brothers, Kevin,

Warren (Kerry), Bruce and

Bradley; Sister, Susan

(Doug) Thymian;

sister-in-law Ronda

(Doug) Carlson; and

several nieces, nephews

and cousins also

survive along with his

Lab companion Macks.

Donald was preceded

in death by: his

parents, Donald and

Marian Jessen and mother

and father in-law, Harold

and Rose Slauter

Visitation: Sunday,

June 20, 2021 from 3:00 to

5:00 p.m.

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home Chapel, Minot.

Funeral Service: Mon-

day, June 21, 2021, 11:00

a.m. at First Baptist

Church, Minot. The ser-

vice will be livestreamed

and available to view on

the link appearing on

Don’s obituary at



Burial: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot

Memorials may be

given in Don’s memory to

Minot Area Homeless

Coalition or Dakota Hope.