2005 – Jerry Jessen

Vowing to “volunteer until I drop,” Jerry Jessen accepted the 2005 Wyoming Tribune-Eagle Community Spirit Award in a ceremony Thursday, Sept. 22 at the Old West Museum.

A professional engineer, Jessen has donated his time and expertise to the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities, the building of the Junior League Baseball Complex and the planning of the Sherard Water Treatment Plant. He’s served on the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce board of directors and contributed for many years to Cheyenne Frontier Days, serving as security chairman and general chairman of the CFD General Committee, as well as president of the CFD board of directors. He has also chaired the Western Spirit Art Show and Sale and served on the board of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, where he continues to volunteer.

He has also been active in the Cheyenne Jaycees, Cheyenne Rotary Club and Boy Scouts.

In nominating him for the award, Cheyenne resident Roger Lawrence wrote that Jessen has “given tirelessly to the community’ and is one of those individuals “responsible for making Cheyenne what it is today and what it will become in the future.”