Jameson Kevin Franz lost his battle with depression and alcoholism on March 28, 2016 at the age of 46. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa and grew up in Bozeman, Montana where relationships and adventure came easy and early. His time at Clyde Hurst Christian Ranch, E-Free Youth Group and Awana's developed his faith, and formed his lifelong love of sports, the outdoors and work ethic.
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He graduated from Bozeman Senior High School in 1988, where he played football and formed many of the friendships that remain today. He often and affectionately referred to them as "his people."
His work ethic is personified by his time attending Montana State University, when he worked as a restaurant manager and was a member of the National Guard simultaneously. This work ethic continued as a general manager in the food and beverage industry, managing various restaurants including Gallatin Gateway Inn, The Bay and Boodles.
Most important to Jameson was his affection for the outdoors. He loved rafting, hiking and bird hunting with his beloved yellow lab, Gus. But his real passion was fly fishing and being on the river, which he was fortunate to turn into a profession. Jameson guided for both Troutfitters in Bozeman Montana as well as The Ugly Bug in Casper Wyoming. He loved his work, and the work he did with Warriors and Quiet Waters, where he had the opportunity to guide many veterans who shared his passion.
Every summer he would come back to Bozeman for his traditional Bucks baseball game and car races with "his people." He was very creative and was a fantastic artist, many still have drawings today. He loved crossword puzzles and could beat just about anyone at checkers thanks to his Grandpa Beeson.
Jameson is missed dearly and is survived by his parents, Dennis and Mary Franz; his sister, Christine Franz; and nephew, Cameron Franz all of Bozeman, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jameson's name can be made to Warriors and Quiet Waters. Services will be held at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service in Bozeman Montana on Wednesday, April 6, at 11 a.m.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 3, 2016