JESSE JAMES MCNAMARA April 20, 1971 - June 16, 2014 Jesse James McNamara died Monday, June 16, 2014 swimming across the Rio Grande near Pilar, NM. Born April 20, 1971 to Leslie and Kevin McNamara, he was raised in Medical Springs, OR and came to Santa Fe, NM in 1984. He graduated Verde Valley High School in Sedona, AZ in 1989. He studied fine arts at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, College of Santa Fe, and was a dean's list student in pre-engineering studies at Santa Fe Community College. His talents were exceptional and his occupations varied. They included silversmithing for Peyote Designs, Richard Lindsay Designs, and Cruz Jewelry Studios. He was on a bungee jumping crew for Adrenaline Adventures in Tucson, AZ. A warehouseman for Statements in Santa Fe and a shipping foreman/forklift driver for Fresh Fields Markets, Rockville, MD. He worked for Roulette Construction in Santa Fe. Jesse acted in numerous stage performances with Santa Fe Shakespeare, Santa Fe Play House and Ironic Skowronek among others. He was also in a few films. He then moved to Hollywood, CA where he was the head bartender at Spago's. He was a lighting technician in Ohio. Robert Pepper Cabinet Makers, Santa Fe, employed him as fine woodworker. For some years now he has worked in set construction for IATSE Film Technicians in Santa Fe where he worked on The Avengers, Book of Eli, Georgia O'Keefe, The Lone Ranger, the pilot for Longmire and Manhattan to name just a few. Jesse is survived by his mother Leslie McNamara, father Kevin McNamara, and sister Shannon McNamara. Also by his grandparents Bill and Kay McNamara of Warwick, RI, his uncles Mike, Dennis, Brian, and Terry McNamara and their families. He is also survived by his step-father of 22 years, Sam Scott and step-brothers Oliver and Zachary Scott. He is also survived by his brave lady Amanda Page and his dog Little Bear who were with him when he drowned. Jesse loved and is loved by so many. He was always there to help us with great skill and a big heart. He made us laugh. He worked hard, gave generously, and lived dangerously. He died in a big river in the fullness of his life. He will be terribly missed and forever loved. A mass for Jesse will be held privately for the family and a celebration of his life is to be arranged. Funeral arrangements were with Berardinelli Family Funeral Services, Santa Fe, NM.
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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on June 26, 2014