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Andrew "A.J." James Jenkins

August 2, 1988 ~ December 21, 2020 (age 32)

Obituary

Our beautiful son, Andrew James Jenkins (32), of Darby, Montana was called to rest with the angels on Monday, December 21, 2020 in his residence in Oakland, California.  He was born in Hamilton, Montana on August 2, 1988. He is survived by his mother, Rhonda Boyer Dolcater; father, David Jenkins (Lisa); stepfather, Randall Dolcater; loving sisters, Miranda (Matthew) Simmons, Lauren Dolcater, and Lacey Dolcater; grandparents, Donna & Gary Boyer, Jim & Louise Jenkins, and Betty Dolcater; his aunt, Renee Morrison; nephew, Logan Simmons; niece, Allison Simmons; stepbrother, Andy Huotte; stepsister, Felicia Fifield; as well as numerous other loved family & friends.  A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 8th at 6 pm at Daly Leach Chapel, 1010 West Main St. Hamilton, MT 59840. www.dalyleachchapel.com

A.J. (for those who knew and loved him) loved to always be on the go, extremely smart and a quick study he also was spontaneous at a very early age.  As a baby he was crawling quickly and began chasing his older sister Miranda in his walker as fast as his little legs would carry him.  He would go all day as she piled his walker with stuffed animals and played peek a boo for hours.  When it was time for his nap, before laying his sweet head on his pillow he adored hearing a story book.  I know this was the beginning of his love for reading and learning and his never ending thirst for knowledge.   

We moved to Bakersfield, California, in 1991, where he grew up as a very imaginative and happy child. Our neighborhood quickly turned to an extended family of friends where they were their own power ranger squad and built endless amounts of Lego cities. His childhood was soon joined, at the early age of 8, by his beautiful twin sisters, who spent endless hours sharing his passion for coloring, Disney movies, and he soon taught them the magical world of Harry Potter and the magical wands.  He graduated from Stockdale High School, in 2006. As we know, high school can be a difficult time for many young people, but A.J. found his close group of friends on the Stockdale Debate Team.  We watched his passion for learning and debating anything from either side, at times not knowing if you should agree or disagree. This is why he went on to dominate in many debate tournaments with his fierceness and commitment to being the best at whatever he believed in.   

He attended Cal State University Long Beach in the fall of 2006, where he majored in Communication and Women’s studies.  There he joined the CSULB Forensics debate team, and his passion developed even further. As one friend said, he was the heart and soul of all those around him.  He was known throughout the college debate circle for his abilities to spark a wildfire with his unfiltered passion in a debate round! He went on to mentor younger members of the team, always trying to make everyone welcome! After winning many rounds of debate he made it to College Nationals, where he was ranked in the top 15 at the NPTE, and was named 20th top speaker in the nation. He won the College Tournament at CSU Northridge. He graduated from CSULB in the year of 2011.

In the next chapter of his life, his passion for debate continued as he taught young debate students, at Oxford Academy, and continued advocating for all the things he believed in! He served on the Board of Directors, at Young People For (YP4) where he helped create lasting change and progressive leadership in many communities, through young students. One of his proudest moments was when he joined OUTSERVE to run and organize their first conference right after DADT was repealed. The event was a huge success. He helped to welcome and inspire many LGB service members.  In early 2012, he took a dream job, in Washington DC, where he worked as a Midwest Field Associate for Unite for Reproductive Gender Equity (URGE) and Choice USA where he helped to bring about change in policy across the US. He was a warrior for those suffering from injustice and he fought passionately for all he believed in.

He then returned home, to Montana in 2015, where he was able to enjoy getting to know his new niece and nephew better and spend time with his immediate family again. Montana was a place that A.J. visited growing up at Grandma & Grandpa (Doot Doot) Boyer all through the years while living in Bakersfield.  He had his own cow and his horse, Lady Bug, and he grew to love the outdoors.  It was always a place of peace and family, for AJ, and he loved the vast beauty of the mountains, flowers, and animals. He also had the opportunity to continue his influence while in Montana, as he worked at The Western Montana Community Center, to help build a community of acceptance for LGBTQ+ members. He later returned to a career in California.

AJ was someone who was often described as unapologetically himself, a powerhouse, an extraordinaire, an activist, intelligent, brave, kind, compassionate, fun, full of laughter, and FIERCE! He left a legacy behind, and many will continue to fight to keep his vision alive.

As his mother… Grief, I’ve learned, is really just Love with no place to go…. So to this I say to our beloved A.J. “There are no goodbyes for wherever you are in the skies above, you will always be in our hearts”.

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Hugh C. Davidson HAMILTON – Hugh Calvin Davidson, 92, of Hamilton died of a broken heart on Dec. 29, 2020 at Discovery Care Centre. He joined his beloved wife Jane in heaven on the day that she was laid to rest—determined to be with her as their family celebrated her life. Born to Ford and Edith Davidson on Jan. 19, 1928 in Grant, Nebraska, Hugh attended Perkins County High School, where he was a gifted athlete, excelling in football, track, and basketball. Upon graduation in 1946, he served two years in the Navy as a “Seabee”. In 1948 he met Jane Stoughton. A beautiful high school girl from Claremont, NH, whom he instantly fell in love with on their first date—a blind date arranged by family. Letters that he exchanged with Jane after he returned home to Nebraska reveal their growing affection and plans for a future together. Hugh enrolled in Colorado University at Boulder in 1949, where he majored in Geology and minored in Physical Education, joined the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and played fullback on the football team. The next summer he married the love of his life on July 18, 1950 in Claremont. The couple returned to Boulder until graduation, upon which he started his career in football. Hugh’s first stop was Osborne, KS, where he taught high school P.E. and coached both football and basketball. His gridiron team were conference champions both years of his tenure, catching the eye of his alma mater, who recruited him back to Boulder as head coach of the freshman team. During their four years in Boulder, Hugh and Jane celebrated the Buffaloes unprecedented Orange Bowl win and the birth of their oldest daughter, Niki, in 1957. The next year Hugh was offered an assistant coaching job at what was then known as Montana State University (now U of M). He would spend the next six years as the defensive backfield coach, receiving recognition as Defensive Secondary Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association in 1961. During this time his daughters Toni and Jill were born. In 1963 Hugh was elevated to head coach, but after a few lackluster seasons, left coaching and moved his family back to Colorado in 1966. Hugh went into restaurant management for a time, then tried his hand at insurance. But it wasn’t long before an old coaching friend asked him to join his defensive staff at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID. In 1972 a former teammate from Colorado University, who was the new director of player personnel for the Denver Broncos, offered him a position as a professional scout. It was a dream job that turned into a lifelong career. And because he could live anywhere near an airport, he made one final move—back to Montana where he and Jane had many close friends, settling his family in Hamilton. During his 30+ years with the Broncos, he spent most of the year on the road. From scouting the Northwest region, to becoming the Bronco’s head scout and flying across the country evaluating the top 100 prospects, Hugh did his part to build a successful Broncos team, culminating in six Super Bowl appearances—two of them wins. Hugh and Jane poured themselves into the community they loved, volunteering and supporting a variety of worthy causes through the Elks Lodge, Kiwanis Club and their church. Hugh will be remembered as a devoted husband. Loving father, father-in-law, and grandfather. Trusted colleague. Coach. Friend. Hugh is preceded in death by his wife Jane, his parents, brother Verner, and sister Althea. He is survived by three daughters, Niki and husband Chuck Shonkwiler of Hamilton, Toni and husband Tony Rome of Eagle, ID, and Jill and husband Blake Robbins of Apple Valley, CA; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; in-laws, nieces and nephews across the country. A celebration of his life will be held during the summer of 2021 when all of the family can attend. A notice of which will be forthcoming. You can read Hugh’s full obituary at www.dalyleachchapel.com. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staffs of Discovery Care Centre and Hamilton Assisted Living and Memory Care for their compassionate care of Hugh and his beloved Jane. They suggest that memorials be made to the following: Grizzly Scholarship Association Adam’s Center 139 32 Campus Drive, Stop 8568 Missoula, MT 59812-8568

Services

Memorial Service
Friday
January 8, 2021

6:00 PM
Daly Leach Chapel (West Main St. Hamilton, MT)

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