Benjamin Lee Otteson

Born: Sun., Sep. 14, 1975
Died: Sun., Sep. 17, 2017

Memorial Gathering

1:00 PM Sat., Oct. 14, 2017
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop

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Benjamin Lee Otteson died September 17, 2017 at his home in Pendleton, OR. He was 42 years old. Ben was born in Salem, OR on September 14, 1975 to Cheryl and Kern Otteson. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Mike Walker along with four brothers and one sister. Ben spent most of his childhood in Eastern Oregon and was a 1994 graduate of Pilot Rock High School.

                Ben had a huge heart and spent his career in the service of others. As a Mental Health Therapist at Blue Mountain Recovery Center (BMRC) for nearly 17 years, it was there where he met his future wife Jessamy (Amsberry) Otteson, and made many lasting friendships.

                Ben and Jessamy married in 2009 and share two beautiful children, Layla and Bodie. He was a loving husband and father, and shared a unique bond with each of them- daddy/daughter dances, sushi dates and scary movies with Layla; muscle cars, hip hop music and sports with Bodie. Oh, and fishing…there was ALWAYS fishing.

                Ben was a skilled and avid fly fisherman, and developed a special relationship with the Deschutes River. He spent countless hours at church on the water searching for his beloved Steelhead. When he wasn’t “gone fishing” he could be found crafting the perfect fly, or more recently, building the perfect rod to catch the next big one. He recently founded Redside Custom Rod Company and was a proud member of the Deschutes River Alliance.

                Ben is survived by his wife and children-Jessamy, Layla, and Bodie Otteson. He is also survived by his mother Cheryl Walker, father Kern Otteson, step-father Mike Walker, brothers Isaiah Walker, Israel Otteson, Adam Otteson, Nick Walker, and sister Muriah Walker; and in-laws Steve and Brigitte Amsberry. He will also be missed by many loving aunts, uncles, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law, and wonderful friends.

                A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel in Pendleton, OR.

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Israel Otteson
   Posted Sun September 24, 2017
I love you Jessamy, Layla, and Bodie. My oldest brother Ben was an amazing man and he will be remembered for his big smile, amazing intelect, and his gentle nature. I know that time and patience will do their part in helping to heal your broken family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all as you begin to pick up the pieces and heal your pained hearts. Reach out to me if there is anything I can do or provide that can be of some assistance to the three of you. With love, Uncle Israel

   Posted Fri October 06, 2017
Dear Jessamy, Layla and Bodie, My heart is broken for the tragic loss of Ben.. My thoughts and prayers are with you . My hope is for your memories to help comfort and bless you through the difficult days ahead. You have a wonderful supporting family and Ben's family as well. Let their hugs and love wrap around you and may God bless your sweet Family.
My love,
Jan Leonard

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