Welcome to the memorial page for

Jesse James Larkins

September 9, 1976 ~ July 17, 2017 (age 40)

Jess James Larkins

Jesse lost his courageous battle with a rare brain cancer at the age of 40, on July 17, 2017 at his home in Hays, KS. He was born the son of Jolene and James Larkins on September 9, 1976 in Belleville, KS.

Jesse graduated from Concordia High School in 1995. In 1997 he graduated from the mortuary science department at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He then earned his B.S. degree in Psychology from Fort Hays State University, the a B.S. in Justice Studies from F.H.S.U. and Masters degree in 2005 at F.H.S.U.

Jesse taught Justice Studies until May 2017.

Jesse was a successful businessman; he owned and operated 3 smoke shop businesses for the past 10 years.

 Jesse was united in marriage to Laci Barratt October 25, 2012 at Estes Park, Co. They made their home in Hays where they were blessed with a daughter, Riley Elizabeth in 2008.

Jesse had a passion for golf which he shared with his step father Rod Crotinger, who raised Jesse from the age of 6 months.

Jesse could do anything with a little help from YouTube. He enjoyed cooking, landscaping/gardening, and remodeling his home.

In his free time he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, cheering on the Denver Broncos, listening to Willie Nelson and playing fantasy football.

He is survived by his wife Laci and daughter Riley of Hays, KS. Mother Jolene Crotinger and step father Rod Crotinger of Concordia, KS. Two sisters, Tosha Larkins of Concordia, KS and Melody Adair & husband Derrik. Grandmother, Delores Deneault of Concordia, KS. And numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his father James Larkins, grandfathers Harold Larkins and Levi Deneault.

Funeral Services will be Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father David Metz officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Nutter Mortuary 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Memorials are to Dreiling Schmidt Cancer Center – Hays, KS or to Hospice of Hays at Hays Medical Center.

Burial will be at St. Concordia Catholic Cemetery.

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Nutter Mortuary, 116 E. 6th St. Concordia, KS in charge of arrangements.

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