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Jesse Lee Pogue Jr.

01/21/1950 - 10/20/2021
Interment: National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

Jesse Lee Pogue Jr., 71, of Mesa, AZ.,  passed away in his home on October 20, 2021, after a year long battle with cancer. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 21, 1950 to Jesse and Theresa Pogue. He was the middle child of five children (Predeceased by Marie Dosch and Janet Sandberg, survived by William Pogue and Deborah Clark). He graduated from Niles West High School in Skokie, Il., where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Linda Carol (Carlson) Pogue on January 29, 1972. Promptly after graduating he enlisted and proudly served four years in the U.S. Navy on the USS NEOSHO AO-143. Jesse is survived by his wife Linda, daughter Charity, son Kenneth, four grandchildren, Grace (Zach), Aurora, Jackson and Ashton and two great grandchildren, Layla and Brayden, as well as several cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.  Jesse was proud to be a lifetime member of the BPOE Payson Elks Lodge #2154.  He spent the majority of his career working as an HVAC technician for Mesa Public Schools, and eventually retiring from Talley Defense Systems in 2011. After retiring, Jesse began his life as an official snowbird, living in Mesa, AZ half of the year, and the other half in his mountains of Pinetop, AZ. He was a lover of the mountains and nature, and if you were looking for him, just head to the nearest lake, you could find him there with a fishing pole in one hand and a beer in the other. Jesse was awed in the natural wonders of the world and enjoyed traveling with his wife Linda. All through his life, he traveled the US, visiting many of these  natural wonders and monuments in the West/Midwest States including Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico and Arizona, and holding a special place in his heart for Wisconsin. Whether traveling by RV or popping a tent for a weekend visit, this was how he loved to spend his time. Through all of his exploring, his fondest memory was traveling thru Alaska and catching his first salmon. When he wasn’t fishing, he enjoyed bowling, watching sports and attending NASCAR races with his buddies. We will miss his constant bantering, quick wit and sarcasm. If you were one of the lucky ones to be teased or picked on, you know he liked you.

In keeping with his nature, the  memorial services will be kept private for family and close friends. It will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 11am at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, located at 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024. In lieu of flowers, please consider volunteering, donating blood (which he did as often as possible), or making a monetary donation in his name to the American Red Cross, or to any charity that is close to your heart. Donate Now – Online Donations | American Red Cross https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/

Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but www.bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Roger & Sandra Ehrlich

    He will be missed by so many as he was a dear friend to many.

  • Dan Pinsonneault

    Jesse and Linda has been dear, dear treasured friends of our whole Pinsonneault Family for over 45 years. Jesse will be missed very much and thanks Linda for your loving dedication to him especially up to the very end.

  • Esther Pinsonneault

    My deceased Husband, Peter, and I will always have the greatest memories posible of Jesse. We enjoyed every time we could get together, may it be going to the cabin, eating out, or just spending a great time together. He and Linda have been our family, not just our friends. He will be sadly missed.

  • ❤️😢❤️😢❤️

  • Greg and Betty Gullett

    Our condolences to Linda and the family. We have enjoyed many summers as their neighbors in Pinetop.

  • Jim and Terry Hurd

    NASCAR will not be the same without you. RIP my friend.

  • He was truly one of a kind! The true joker.

  • Worked with Jesse for many years at Talley and we became good friends. We also spent a lot of years attending NASCAR races. I will miss him a lot and NASCAR races will not be the same without him. RIP my fiend.

  • Based on what was written here you must have liked me. You fought a hard battle. Rest In Peace my friend

  • Joe King and Family

    Condolences to the family.

  • I will never forget the fishing trip we took together as well as the times we spent out at the races. May GOD rest your soul and bless the family.

  • Christine Margalis

    Jesse had such a huge heart. If you needed help, he was there. I loved his smile.
    I will miss our 4 thirsty afternoon get togethers in Pinetop.
    Rest in Peace Jesse

  • Friend, neighbor, and bowling buddy, Jesse was always the 1st one to pitch in and help. He was one of a kind with a quick wit and will be missed dearly. RIP dear friend and my sincere condolences to Linda and family.

  • Kent an Laura Herr

    Kent and I send our deepest condolences. Jesse was quite the character and will be missed by the entire Idaho PIR crew. Thank you Jesse for the great memories! Cheers!

  • John and Carol Holdinsky

    We met Jesse and Linda almost 10years ago. We spent summers as their neighbors and became great friends. Jesse and John spent many hours together building decks and other projects. Linda you were a wonderful wife for Jesse, caring and nurturing. We will miss Jesse and his great BBQ and fresh trout dinners.

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