Jesse William Burley, 41, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2011. He died doing what he loved to do, not listening to what people told him to do and having a great time.

Jesse was born in Fargo.  At an early age it was obvious that he "marched to a different drummer."  He played soccer, baseball and participated in cub scouts.   Jesse graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1988 and studied at North Dakota State University and San Diego Community College in California. Jesse loved music, food, wine and making people laugh.  Jesse had a chocolate lab named Blue that he loved and adored.  He had a big heart and made friends wherever he traveled.  He lived in Fargo for most of his life, but worked in Vail, CO, Humboldt, CA, San Diego, CA and Whitefish, MT.  While living in California he followed the bands The Grateful Dead and Phish.  He moved back to Fargo several years ago to be closer to his family.  He worked as a server in several restaurants and most recently he worked for his stepfather as a sand jacking technician.

His greatest joy was his two sons.  He loved every minute of being a father from changing diapers to chasing two very active little boys.  Some of their favorite activities were jumping on the bed and having yelling contests.  He was determined that they have fun and feel loved.  He wanted to teach them how to play in the mud and catch frogs just as he had done as a child.

Jesse will be remembered for his quick wit, inappropriate sense of humor and charming smile. Jesse was a lover, agitator, peace maker, friend, father, son and brother.  He loved watching the Simpsons and Family Guy. 

Survived by his two sons, Logan and Elijah Burley;  parents, Carol Burley and Chuck Asplin, Roger and Susan Burley; siblings, Kristen Burley DePree and Chad Brown (Fargo), Becky Burley and Jeff Oberlander (Minneapolis); and his grandmother, Barbara Burley.   He also leaves an extended family with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jesse was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorothy and John Zaylskie, Gayle Burley and his beloved dog, Blue.

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  1. fargo ndyet again you dont listen to what others say its what you were best at. You were a great friend you always listened to other peoples problems and always tried to find a solution. You were loved by many and will be missed dearly by many. i will miss you and pray for your family.

  2. Moorhead MnMy prayers and thoughts are with you all as you mourn Jesse. I am heart broken to hear the news. I had not spoken with him for about ten or eleven years. I am married now and also have a 6 year old boy. He left behind some precious children and memories. I can picture him playing with Blue Dog right now. Prayers sent your way, Jessica Wernberg/Schwehr

  3. fort collins coloradoI went to school with Jessie and can still remember his beautiful smile. I’m sorry for your loss and treasure your memories.

  4. Hazen n.D.I’m sorry for your lose I have not talked to him in a few years. He was a good friend and person. It sounded like he was turning his life in the right direction.once again I’m sorry.

  5. New JerseyJesse Ive known you a little over two years now and I have never met and dont think I ever will meet someone with your wit and sarcasm. I wont get mushy cause that isnt your style unless its about your sons BUT I will say I will forever miss your spirit and zest for life. I have laughed more with you than people I have known my whole life. Remember its not what you have done, its what they can prove. Love you Jesse!! May you forever sing your heart out!!! Smooches

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