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This profile was last updated on 3/15/06  and contains information from public web pages.


Jessee Monuments

Employment History

  • Cowboy


  • degree , public relations
    University of Nevada Las Vegas
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The Bulletin | Business | Ex-rodeo cowboy makes his mark, 15 Mar 2006 [cached]
Jessee Monuments owner Cody Jessee kneels between two headstones he made from his Prineville home. Jessee began making headstones one year ago, after head injuries forced him to retire from his professional rodeo career.
Jessee Monuments owner Cody Jessee kneels between two headstones he made from his Prineville home.Jessee began making headstones one year ago, after head injuries forced him to retire from his professional rodeo career.
Ex-rodeo cowboy makes his mark
Cody Jessee trades horses for headstone monument business
Cody Jessee, a rodeo cowboy who once tempted death on the back of a bucking bronco, now works in the business of the deceased: running his own headstone and monument-making business.
Jessee began his business, Jessee Monuments, one year ago, when doctors warned him that another head injury could permanently disable him.So, at age 27, he retired from the life he lived since age 18 to make headstone monuments from his Prineville home.
While Jessee, now 28, specializes in headstone monuments, he also makes signs for businesses, homes and ranches, custom coasters, coffee cups and just about anything he can engrave, including glass and mirrors.
He makes the headstones out of granite and natural rock, including quartz, sandstone and basalt.
Headstones can cost up to $8,000, he said, depending on size and design.
The smallest and cheapest headstones - grass grave markers - are $485 for unlimited design and lettering.
The basics
What: Jessee MonumentsWho: Cody JesseeWhere: 15083 SE Webley Way, PrinevilleTelephone: 416-9275
Jessee's business is still very small, serving eight to 10 customers per month, but he said word-of-mouth advertising has helped it grow since it began in September 2004.
Jessee orders his granite from India and uses a sandblaster and stencil to carve characters and pictures.For customers needing artistic designs, he has a graphic artist create the design, which Jessee cuts out with a razor blade, centers on the headstone, engraves and then paints.
Once a headstone is finished, Jessee uses a crane to load the heavy stone into his truck.He then drives it to the cemetery, where cemetery employees usually set the piece in a concrete foundation.
Many Central Oregon funeral homes also make monuments, but few, like Jessee, specialize in the craft.
Jessee admits he sees a unique perspective on his customers' lives as they grieve the loss of a loved one, but he tries not to get emotionally involved.
"I try to focus on what I'm doing and not think about it," Jessee said.
Rodeo Riders - All about the Rodeo Riders, 12 Jan 2007 [cached]
Profile of Cowboy Cody Jessee Professional Rodeo Cowboy. Read a profile of bareback rider, Cody Jessee. Learn about this cowboys career highlights, statistics, earnings and more!
Rodeo Blog July 2004 Archive, 1 July 2004 [cached]
I've added profiles of cowboys Trevor Brazile, Dan Mortensen, Mike Moore, and Cody Jessee.
NFR cowboy, Cody Jessee, has retired from bareback riding.
Bareback Rider Cody Jessee Retires, 2 Aug 2004 [cached]
NFR cowboy, Cody Jessee, has retired from bareback riding.Citing numerous concussions, and on the advice of doctors, the 26-year-old bareback rider has made the tough decision to hang up his spurs.
He joined the PRCA in 1998.His rodeo career soon took off and he was one of the most talented riders going the circuit, having finished 4th in the world standings in 2002 and 2nd in 2003.
An accident at Clovis Rodeo in California (and an arm broken in 3 places) caused him to take stock of his situation.He decided to retire at the end of May.
What is in the future for this awesome cowboy?Tombstones - while at UNLV he studied rock carving, and he plans on opening Jessee Monuments in his hometown of Prineville, Oregon.
Good Luck, Cody!Your competitive spirit and awesome rides will be missed!
Jessee Monuments, 30 Oct 2004 [cached]
Cody JesseeOwner:Office 541.416.9275Cell 541.350.8471
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