James “Joe” Estenson, 1947 ~ 2014
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On May 31, James O. “Joe” Estenson passed away in Kalispell, Montana. He was born April 11, 1947, in Whitefish, Montana, to Melvin Christian and Jane Margaret Estenson. 

Joe traveled the world as a child while his father engineered and built airports for the U.S. Air Force. He attended high school in Marakesh, Morocco, and graduated in Madrid, Spain.

After high school Joe attended Carroll College in Helena, Montana. From 1986 to 1999, Joe was the director of marketing for Alpine Aviation. During this time he got to know the Moab community and made several lasting friendships. He later returned to Montana and worked for the Department of Health and Human Services.

An avid outdoorsman, Joe fished whenever he had the chance. You would find him chasing trout all over Montana. His children’s greatest memories of him center around fishing and the accompanying road trips throughout their lives.

He was a caring man whose presence will greatly be missed. Joe was always one with a quick smile and joke. He had the ability to fill a room and to reach out to those around him.

Joe is survived by his son, Mike (Teryn) Estenson of Moab; daughter, Amanda Estenson of Woodland Park, Colorado; and son, Eli (Raquel) Estenson of Helena, Montana. He was preceded in death by his parents, “Esty” and Jane; brother, Mike; and sister, Kari Ellen.

Services for Joe will be held in Helena, Montana, in July.

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