Jesse D. Winzenried

June 13, 1922 – Dec. 3, 2013

Jesse Winzenried
Jesse Winzenried

Jesse D. Winzenried, 91, of Cody died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Spirit Mountain Hospice House in Cody.

The youngest of five, he was born to Fritz and Margaret Smith Winzenried in Byron on June 13, 1922. He was preceded in death by his sister Bernice and each of his brothers, Albert, Wayne and Joseph, as well as his first wife, Marion Jacobson (deceased in 1984) and second wife, Lela Madsen Potomac (deceased in 2013).

He is survived by his daughter Suzan Carlston (Richard) of Walnut Creek, Calif., son Jay (Valerie) of Cody, son Keith (Cynthia) of Langley, Wash., and step-son Larry Potomac (Eloise) of San Diego, Calif. Jesse has 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Jesse served in the Wyoming National Guard from 1939 to 1941 and in the U.S. Army in 1942-43. He received an honorable discharge in April 1943. Jesse received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Wyoming in 1945 and an M.S. in government management from the University of Denver in 1946, where he was awarded a Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

He attended New York University on a New York University Fellowship and was conferred his Ph.D. in administration and public finance in 1955. His dissertation on state financial administration in Wyoming was instrumental in the creation of the first consolidated Wyoming Department of Revenue.

Jesse received the Founder’s Day Award for outstanding scholastic achievement from NYU in 1956 and the Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Wyoming College of Commerce and Industry in 1968. He worked as a research director with the Wyoming Taxpayers Association from 1946-1947, an economist with the Tax Foundation from 1947-1951, a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton from 1951-1952 and as director of field research with the Tax Foundation from 1952-1956.

In 1956, Jesse and family moved to Cody to begin working for Husky Oil Co. and continued through 1967 when he was senior vice president in Calgary. His many years of service were instrumental in the growth and success of Husky Oil. Jesse subsequently served as vice president of consulting with Booz, Allen & Hamilton in Ohio from 1968-1969, VP of Coastal States Gas Producing Co. in Texas and Colorado from 1969-1974 and as group VP, director and member of the executive committee of the Board of Crown Central Petroleum Corporation in Maryland from 1974-1981.

Jesse served on the Governor’s Committee on Education, as an advisor to Gov. Clifford Hansen as well as on boards of the Wyoming Taxpayers Association, the chamber of commerce, United Fund and the Boy Scouts of America. He also served on the executive council of the Conference Board and the General Committee, Division of Refining of the American Petroleum Institute. Following his nomination by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, Jesse served as Vice Chairman of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation in Washington, D.C.

While at the University of Wyoming, he met Marion Jacobson, whom he married in 1945. Jesse and Marion raised three children and were married until 1984 when Marion died. Jesse married Lela Madsen Potomac from La Jolla, Calif., in 1988. Jesse and Lela were active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving for 21 years in three temples. They also were called to serve a reactivation mission.

An avid fly fisherman and bird hunter and a native son, Jesse loved Wyoming. He was well loved by not only his family but by all who knew him. The memories of Jesse and the example he set will always be treasured.

Funeral services will be held for Jesse at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1719 Wyoming Ave. in Cody on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Jesse and Lela Winzenried LDS Scholarship of the Northwest College Foundation, 231 W. Sixth St., Powell, WY, 82435. Contact Shelby Wetzel at the college for information.

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