Jennifer Fish Kashay
1966 - 2016
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Jennifer Fish Kashay

Jennifer Fish Kashay, aged 49, of Fort Collins, CO. passed away Sunday January 3rd due to a heart attack. An Associate Professor of History at Colorado State University, she had resided in Ft. Collins since 2005. A devoted mother and wife, Jennifer was an active outdoors person who loved to hike, shoot, fish, and travel throughout her adopted home state of Colorado and farther afield. She and her children were frequent visitors to museums and historical sites and cemeteries across the country, reflecting both her professional and personal interests in history, museum studies, and culture. Jennifer was raised in Hemet, California and graduated from Hemet High School. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Museum Studies at California State University-San Bernardino in 1988, and an M.A. in Public History at University of California-Riverside in 1993. She worked at Kimberly Crest Historic House and Gardens in Redlands, CA and met her husband Jason Kashay while working at the San Bernardino County Museum. After travels in Latin America, including work on an archaeological dig in Ecuador, she earned her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2002, where she specialized in U.S. History and particularly 18th and 19th century Hawaii. She began her career as an Assistant Professor of Public History at Cal State San Bernardino from 2002-2005, until she took her position in U.S. and Public History at CSU in 2005. While at CSU she published a large number of articles on missionaries, religion, imperialism, foodways, culture, and gender in 18th and 19th century Hawaii. Dr. Fish Kashay was an active member of the Western Association of Women Historians, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, Society for Church History, and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians. She is survived by her husband Jason Kashay, her son Cole and daughter Kaylee of Fort Collins, father Joel Fish and sister Laurie Fish of Hemet, CA. A funeral service will be held Friday, January 15th at 11:00 a.m. at the Allnutt Drake Chapel, Fort Collins, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, at the suggestion of her son Cole, donations can be made to the Jennifer Fish Kashay Memorial fund in the CSU History Department, Donations to assist the family can be mailed to the Jennifer Fish-Kashay Memorial at First Bank, 1013 East Harmony Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525. Please visit Jennifer's online memorial at

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Published in Coloradoan on Jan. 10, 2016.
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October 29, 2017
I met Dr. Fish-Kashay when I went back to school with my daughters. I am a retired RN and I went back to college to get a History degree. She was a wonderful, kind, knowledgeable mentor to me. I worked as a research assistant to her at CSUSB on a project looking for possible homes to be added to the National Register and she arranged for me to do 3 internships. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. The last time I saw her, Cole was a baby. My condolences to your family.
Debbie Phifer
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