James Kelly Grant

james kelly grant
James Kelly Grant Jamie Grant, 45, passed away from traumatic brain injuries on June 5, 2017. Born on February 20th, 1972, Jamie was the youngest of five children to Cornelius and Rose Grant. He was the light of the family and was blessed with an immeasurable bond to his parents and siblings. Growing up in Bismarck, ND, Jamie forged lifelong friendships; he attended Dorothy Moses Elementary, Wachter Junior High and graduated from Bismarck High School in 1990. College brought Jamie to the University of North Dakota, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. It didn’t take long for anyone to be drawn to Jamie’s positive energy and fun loving spirit. His ATO brothers & college friends were friendships held very close to his heart. It was at UND where Jamie met the love of his life, Jenny Robinson. Jamie & Jenny married on October 2nd, 2004; their love story won’t end here. Jamie’s higher education accomplishments are numerous: Bachelor of Science Business Administration, Minot State University, Master of Business Management, University of Mary, Master of Business Administration, University of Mary and one semester shy of receiving his Master of Software Engineering from NDSU. Following college, Jamie was honored to accept an internship for ND Senator Kent Conrad; it was one of the highlights of his life. Work at USDA Rural Development in Bismarck, ND followed. Jamie moved to Fargo, ND in 2000; his career at Great Plains Software began shortly after. Having recently received his Fifteen Year Anniversary Award from Microsoft, Jamie held many roles over the years. His contributions were considerable and far reaching; technical lead for software support, project manager in software development and most recently, a Technical Solutions Professional position on the WWIS team. He loved his job and was especially excited that his recent work led him to work with a number of professional sports teams. Throughout his Microsoft career, Jamie was awarded numerous individual & team awards for his leadership & teamwork. As a Dynamics CRM expert, Jamie was asked to teach a spring semester course at NDSU this year; he was also one of forty community professionals chosen to join the FMWF Chamber of Commerce 2017 Leadership Program; two experiences that he loved. The loss of Jamie’s incredible mind and presence has deeply affected his Microsoft family not only in Fargo, but worldwide. He was a mentor and friend to so many. Flags will be lowered in Jamie’s honor at the Microsoft Campus in Fargo. On October 12, 2008 Jamie & Jenny welcomed James Wrigley, their miracle son. Jamie was the best dad in the whole world. Sports, technology, super heroes, music, movies, Star Wars, comic books; Jamie wasn’t done sharing his amazing breadth of knowledge & interests with his son. James was blessed with his dad’s brilliant mind, kind & benevolent personality and handsome features; no one will ever break the bond that James and his daddy have. Jamie’s interests were well known as they were typically displayed in the form of a concert t-shirt. Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, The Replacements: the more obscure the show was, Jamie was there with his core group of best friends. Everyone will miss his undeniable sense of humor and wit; he always had the best attitude and his laughter and smile will be missed. A huge hole will be left in his Fantasy Football and Fantasy Baseball Leagues. He commissioned the Leagues for over twenty years; no one knew more about athletes and no one could keep this group together better than Jamie. A phenome when it came to Movies, he knew every detail from the release date to whom it was directed and produced by; you could recite a line from a film and he could name it. Of special importance to him, Jamie followed politics closely at many levels and could always explain the significance of government & politicians. As an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Jamie’s Native American heritage was a proud part of his life and tremendous sadness is felt by his Belcourt, ND family. Jamie is survived by his wife Jenny (Robinson) and their son, James Wrigley, age 8; parents Cornelius & Rose (Jollie) Grant, Bismarck, ND; sister Cari Usera (Mario), Liberty, MO; brother Ed Grant, Fort Yates, ND; sister Jolli Marcellais (Pete), Mandan, ND and brother Jeff (Deb); Bismarck, ND. Parents-in-law, David & Linda (Mattson) Robinson, Grand Forks, ND and brothers-in-law Chris (Sarah) Robinson and Mike Robinson, both of Grand Forks, ND. Nephews and Nieces: Evan Grant, Phaden Marcellais, Shayla Marcellais, Gabby Usera, Grace, Anna & Lauren Robinson, Jack Schaffer. God Children: Owen Preabt and Lauren Robinson. Jamie was loved very dearly by all of his aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. Our entire family is humbled by the outpouring of support and generosity during this very difficult time. To his friends and colleagues; Jamie looked up to you. Your lives, families and achievements inspired him and not a day went by that he didn’t speak proudly of you. Our hearts are forever broken. Jamie was an amazing person that made each of us and the world better. In keeping with his generous spirit, Jamie’s organs were donated so that others may live.

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  1. Jenny and family my thoughts and prayers are with you. To put it simple Jamie was one great guy and a good old friend. Peace, Lyall

  2. Jamie will always be remembered by me as one of the nicest, most soft spoken individuals that always said hi with that sly smile of his. My thoughts and prayers with his family, heaven definitely gained an Angel.

  3. Jamie was such an amazing person. A best friend to many and loved by all. I am so thankful to be one of so many that called him a friend. I will miss him so much and the great times we always had together. I am so sorry this happened to him. Until we meet again my friend, rest in peace. You are gone but never ever forgotten.

    Jenny, James, and all his family you are in my prayers now and always.

  4. In your hands, O Lord, we humbly entrust our beloved friend, Jamie Grant. In this life you embraced him with your tender love; deliver him now from every evil and bid him eternal rest. The old order has passed away; welcome him into paradise, where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain, but fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen

    My deepest condolences to the family.

  5. Jenny and James, you always be in prayers and in my heart, God Bless you both. Go rest high Jamie, love you always my man. Aunty Carleen

  6. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Jamie was so kind to everyone he met.

  7. This is Josh Gustafsons dad Bruce. James and Josh went to small wonders together and played t-ball together. So sorry for your loss. I just wanted to let you know we are thinking about you. I told Josh about this today and he remembers your son and is also thinking about you guys. He called little James his best friend, I thought that was so cute. As things settle down some call us some time and the boys can play together ok? 701-361-3997. I am short on words but thinking about you. Bruce

  8. The time spent with Jamie over the past 10 months through our Leadership class left an impact on me and all he came in contact with – in which I am grateful for. We are holding your entire family up in our prayers.

  9. I wguess his like to send my sincere condolences to the family of James Grant. This is a very troubling time for any family to have to deal with. Make you take comfort knowing that God is close to the broken-hearted. (Psalms 34:18) With sympathy, James.

  10. Our hearts are breaking along with yours. We are so very sorry. Our thoughts and prayers with all of you.

  11. To the Grant Family sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to everyone. God bless and take care.

  12. My Utmost and Deepest regards to this beautiful Family…And my Little Buddy who use to give up his bed and sleep on the couch when I would visit.. May He Rest in Peace with the Good Lord Above….

  13. Growing up with the Grant children in Bismarck, closest to Jolli, I remember Jamie as a little boy, and how sweet he was and how loved he was by his family. I am heart broken to hear the news of his passing and wish all of you peace and love during this difficult time. My heartfelt condolences on your loss. Love, Corky

  14. My heart breaks for the family and all who knew Jamie, a fellow classmate of mine. May you Rest In Peace ❤️

  15. Jenny & James my heart breaks for your loss. Prayers & sympathy to you both for healing. I’m so sorry. 💔

  16. Jenny,
    I was so saddened by the death of your husband. My prayers are with you and your extended family. My heart aches for you. Jamie must have been an amazing man, husband, father, and friend to all. He will be missed.

  17. Jeff and other members of the Grant Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I only knew Jamie a little from UND, but lived with brother Jeff on University Ave. Please know that you are in my family’s thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  18. Jenny, I grieve for you. Words cannot express the deepest sadness I feel for you and James. I simply cannot imagine. Your strength has been unrivaled. Your gift to three other families, in the midst of your own heartache, shines as the most difficult and most selfless and most beautiful than any other. I am so sorry for all of your pain. You and James are held in so much love by so many. Draw on that when it’s too much. It will always be there when you need it. Much love. So much love.

  19. My family and I want to offer our deepest, heartfelt sympathy over the tragic loss of Jamie. May the warmth of family and friends and your loving memories give you strength for the times ahead. It is truly comforting to know our Lord Jesus made a personal promise regarding our loved ones who have died. He promised a resurrection. A time when we will see them again. That guarantee is found at John 11:25. It is our hope these words will bring you a measure of comfort and hope. With prayers
    The Dawes family

  20. My son Chad and Jamie spent much of their young lives together. He was always welcome in my home as were all his friends. My condolences to his family for their loss of a great man.

  21. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone touched by this tragic loss. Jamie was an incredible man and I’m a better person for having known him. Be at Peace, my friend.

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    I’m just sick to learn that it was your boy in the news. I recall when you brought him up to the office . He was a handsome, husky lad and you were so proud. It was clear he would be a popular successful young adult, my heart aches for your loss. He is the same age as my first born son. “It ain’t supposed be this way”

  23. Jamie was such a wonderful friend to my son Scott. The bond they had over the years is immeasurable. I’ve known jamie since his junior high days and always enjoyed having him at our home in Bismarck. Such a fine young man.

    To all of Jamie’s family and friends, my daughter Jenni and I, mourn with you. Our hearts will will be wounded forever.

  24. Corn, I worked a bit with you on the ND Indian Scholarship Grant board and am just so very sorry for your loss. Jamie sounds like an amazing young man with much to offer this world – that his organs were donated is a testament to his kindness, generosity and his desire to leave this world a better place. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Deanna Dailey

  25. Cornelius, Rose, & family;

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of Jamie. Losing a special family member is never easy. Please know that your friends will always be there for you, always. May God hold you in his arms and guide you in this difficult time. Rest in peace Jamie!

    Everette Enno

  26. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Things just aren’t supposed to happen like this. May your memories of Jamie bring you comfort. I met Jamie in highschool, he was my computer partner (and life saver) in that class. He was always kind. And his smile – so wonderful. I wasn’t close to him but whenever I saw him over the years, he would send a little smile and a nod. You knew he was a good man by his actions and the people he surrounded himself with. Not everyone is able to keep their crew of friends together – but his crew did it. Lots of good vibes coming your way.

  27. Corn, Rose, Jenny and families,

    We are just heartbroken about the tragic death of Jamie. We have sons close to his age so Jamie’s death has hit close to home and we can feel your anguish. Jamie will be greatly missed by so many, but we are especially thinking about his young son, who had him for too short a time. What a lasting legacy Jamie leaves behind with his beautiful son and all the many lives he touched, including ours. You have all been in our thoughts constantly and we are here for you in whatever we can do to help.

  28. Dear Rosie, Corn and Family, we were so terribly saddened to hear of the tragic
    loss of your beloved Jamie. We are praying for you.
    Love, your cousins Moyra and Dareeze.

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