In Memory

Jesse Duane Rathbun - Class Of 2009

Jesse Duane Rathbun

April 13, 1991-July 5, 2009

Jesse Duane Rathbun


Jesse Duane Rathbun

Jesse Duane Rathbun, 18, our beloved son has gone to fly with the angels after living life with purpose and meaning, touching every person he met along his journey. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2009, in the First Baptist Church in Tuscola with the Reverend Edward Bigham officiating. Burial will be in Tuscola Cemetery, directed by Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola. No visitation is planned.

The earth quaked when Jesse was born in Anchorage, Alaska, on April 13, 1991, and our hearts were broken on July 5, 2009, when he died as a result of an ATV accident in Alaska. Our only comfort was knowing his eyes were filled with beautiful things and he was surrounded by family.

Jesse was a resident of the Moro community, and was a 2009 Honor graduate of Jim Ned High School. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast who loved his animals, hunting and fishing.

Jesse leaves behind his parents, Michelle and Dave Galenbeck of Ovalo; his brother, Nicholas Derry of San Antonio; his sister, Allison Galenbeck of Georgia; grandparents, Duane and Dianne Rathbun of Anchorage and Dave and Carol Galenbeck of Hobbs, New Mexico; his farm parents, Larry and Sheryl Webb of Ovalo; Aunt Frannie and Uncle Brian Stephens of Denver City, Aunt Diana and Sam Glover of Corpus Christi, Uncle David and Aunt Linda Taylor of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; cousins, J. P. Glover of Tyler, Eric, Mandy, Matt, Payton and Erica Taylor, all of Hobbs, Monica, Reid and Quinton Harris all of Carlsbad, New Mexico; and special friends, Brian and Randy Burnsed of Ovalo.

Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home
Thursday, July 9, 2009 

Jesse Duane Rathbun

OVALO — Jesse Duane Rathbun, 18, died Sunday, July 5, 2009, in Alaska. Services are pending with Fry-Bartlett Funeral Home in Tuscola.

Texas youth killed in ATV crash near Glennallen


Published: July 5th, 2009 06:59 PM
Last Modified: July 5th, 2009 10:45 PM


An 18-year-old from Texas died today in an ATV crash in Glennallen.


Jesse Rathbun of Ovalo, Texas, became trapped under a four-wheeler at Mile 8 of Klutina Lake Road just before 12:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers said.


Initial reports are that Rathbun was driving a Suzuki 750 and crashed after trying to make a turn on the dirt road.


He was declared dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.