John Earl Denman

John Earl Denman

Oct. 19, 1951 – Dec. 3, 2021

John Earl “Jed” Denman, 70, passed away peacefully from an apparent heart attack at his home in Davis, California, December 3, 2021. He was proud to have been vaccinated as well as receiving the booster, so COVID-19 was not an issue.

He was born in Powell on October 19, 1951, and attended schools in Lovell, graduating from Lovell High School in 1970. After high school, he attended Northwest Community College from 1971 to 1973 and worked for Lovell Clay Products until 1975. 

He worked in Sheridan and Bozeman through 1978 when he moved to Billings, where he managed a masonry material supply house for about three years. He then worked as a bookkeeper and junior estimator for a masonry contractor until 1983, at which point he moved to Denver. While living in Denver, he was a sales manager for a brick company in Boulder. 

He moved to southern California for work, then on to Las Vegas for a while. Around 1989, he moved to northern California and was hired by a company to help develop a Windows-based masonry construction estimating software – a “job” that he enjoyed immensely. 

Jed was a walking encyclopedia of sports. He loved all sports, but was especially interested in baseball and football.

Jed is survived by his sister, Cathy Denman (Mike Masterson) of Green River, Wyoming; cousins Jane Richardson (Dennis Hejduk) of Las Vegas, Jocelyn (Reverend Tom) Cartwright of Woodburn, Oregon, Dr. Audrey Spindler of San Diego, and Sharlene McComas of Fox, Montana. 

He will also be greatly missed by his close friends Phil Kitchen and Curt Robinson of Davis, California, as well as his property manager, Brenda Smith, Miguel Medina, neighbor Alan Vianna of El Macero Village and his legal counsel, Ruth Rowlette. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Hessin Denman (June 10, 2003) and Eleonor Richardson Denman (September 10, 1989), sister Pam Denman (December 25, 1948) and niece Malissa Jane Miller (August 27, 1982).

Jed led a very happy life; he did it his way. For him, everything had a time or a place. He was a minimalist with a million dollar smile. 

Services are pending. The family requests no flowers, though attending a sporting event in his memory would be appropriate.