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In Memoriam: Jesse Jackson

Jesse George Jackson, a past CEO of OrthoPro and at one point, the largest Zimmer distributor in the U.S., was known as the Godfather of Orthopaedics in the West. Jesse passed away on July 19, 2015 in Flaming Gorge, Utah. He was 79.

Jesse personally changed the lives of thousands of young men and women for the better. I am one of those men. He gave me an opportunity 29 years ago that changed the course of my life. His legacy will never be forgotten.

Jess was one of the most generous people I have known; he also knew the power of the “debit.” Jess lived every day to the fullest with passion and regard for others. He lived life on his terms. Those close to Jess will fondly remember all of this about him.

To his wives, children and grandchildren, I say thank you for sharing this legend with the orthopaedic community. Know that he had a tremendous influence and was respected by many. 

Jess Jackson, "Gone Fishing"!

-Rob & Tonya Behrens

Mr. Behrens is Regional Vice President-West at MicroPort Orthopedics.