Daron Jessop

Our beautiful son, Daron Jessop, age 11, passed away in his mother’s arms on October 9, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with PKAN.

Daron was born on March 9, 2008 in St. George, Utah, to Noreen Zitting Jessop and Lester Ray Jessop. Daron loved life and lived it full speed. Anything connected to the earth brought him joy—the ocean, riding fast on dirt bikes, wind in his hair, the sound of a revving engine; he was fearless and not even bloody knees would stop him. Daron loved loud music, dancing and partying with his many adult fans and also watching football. He was the world’s greatest Packer’s fan. With every touch down and every interception he’d scream: “G-r-e-e-n-B-a-y!!” Daron loved school, the teachers, every student and even the school bus. He was a celebrity everywhere he went, with a contagious smile and giant blue eyes that drew people in to his bright loving soul.  He loved people fiercely and all who met him felt his love.

Daron’s family was his world. He adored and protected his twin sisters Aubrey & Angie (age 6). Because they also have PKAN, his fight for life was also his fight for them. And when he was sick, they played his nurse. He and his dad have been inseparable, best buddies from birth. They played in the dirt with track hoes, rode dirt bikes and camped at Kolob, where the sand pile and fire pit were his jam. Daron liked family trips in the motor home, where he would sit in the center holding his dad’s hand. Equally devoted to his mom, he’d pick a flower in the front yard and put it in her hair while they waited for the school bus—even if it was smashed in his fist from his crawl. He loved going on coffee runs with her and feeding the ducks. Some of her favorite memories are of him screaming aloud to Taylor Swift and other wacky songs during rides home and of them dancing together, he in her arms. The last words she heard him say prior to his hospital stay last December were, “I love you mommy”. Towards the end his greatest comfort was to feel his mom or dad’s hand while he struggled through long nights.

Words cannot express the loss or fill the void that Big D leaves behind; the memories of him, our little warrior, will live within our hearts forever. He is unforgettable.

We are eternally grateful for our circle of friends and family who came to our aid in a mobilization of love and support during Daron’s short stay on this earth.

Daron is survived by his parents, Noreen Zitting Jessop and Lester Ray Jessop, siblings, Angela Amy Jessop and Aubrey Lucianne Jessop, and many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Spilsbury Mortuary in St. George, Utah. There will be a viewing at Spilsbury Mortuary on Saturday from 5-8:00 p.m. and again on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Friends and family are invited to sign Daron Jessop’s online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.



5-8 pm

Second Visitation



1:00 pm


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


9 am
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S. Dixie Dr.
St. George, UT

Guest Book

24 Responses

  1. One more Pkan angel in heaven… my heart is so sad for you all. Rest in peace little Daron, it’s time for dancing in the sky now : no more pain, just freedom and forever love.

  2. Willy and I send our love to you Lester and Noreen. We loved coming over an visiting you and you’re adorable little family. Daron was always filled with happiness and joy, as so are your adorable little girls. We love you guys so much

  3. We love you all so much and you are forever in our hearts. We send our deepest love to you, you are the most amazing, beautiful parents, and have such a sweet beautiful Family. You are forever thought of, loved, and prayed for!

    ~With love from, Willy & Liz Steed~

  4. Daron brought so much joy to everyone he had come in contact with. He will be missed, but his memory will be with us forever. We love you Daron.

  5. I had the chance to work and get to know Darron when he was at Horizon Elementary. He always had a smile and always had such a sweet spirit. I feel blessed to have had the chance to get to know such a sweet spirit.

  6. No words will ever make the pain go away, but the memories of Daron will live on for ever & that should ALWAYS make you smile… He was one cool little dude, makes me smile thinking of him & Ozzy running around the house together or him chilling with all us guys watching football or movies. You guys are in our prayers & sure love you!

    If you need anything just ask its yours…


  7. We will always love you Daron.
    Noreen and Lester, you are some of the most amazing parents ever. We sure love you!

  8. You couldn’t help but be happy around Daron. His laugh, smile, and hugs made my day. My heart is broken for your sweet family. Your family will continue to be in my prayers.

  9. I love you Daron. Thank you for touching all our lives with your love and courage, and for living your life out loud ! Go with God, who is your creator, your Father in Heaven, and your biggest fan of all. But keep looking in on Mom and Dad and sisters. They will always need you❤️

  10. What a gift of light Daron is to us all. Sending hugs and prayers to you Lester and Nowie. Love to you! ❤️

  11. We love you Daron!!!! We miss you like crazy! Fly with Angels until we meet again!
    Love your forever buddy-

  12. Daron was a true hero. He brought so much joy into my life,and all who had the privilege to know him. He was a grown up spirit in a tiny body. We love you guys a pray for your comfort by angels at this difficult time. Love to you all Crystal Voss.

  13. Lester & Noreen,

    You are an Amazing Family,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of Daron. Sending you Lots of Love, Thoughts and Prayers.

    Troy & Jamie Foote

  14. Our heartfelt Condolences to you Noreen, Lester and family. We personally was always amazed how Darin could light up a room and touch so many of us by him presence . Wish we were in Sr George to celebrate his life. Kind regards. Maureen and Dino Bozzetto

  15. My deepest sympathy for all of you. I’ve been to some of your fund raisers and know about PKAN disease. My sister in ND , her close friends grandkids have it also. So very sorry. My heart breaks for your family.

  16. It breaks my heart. I wish I would have known him better. All the best to you Lester and Noreen through this time of grief, tho I’m sure you’re happy that he doesn’t have to suffer anymore. All the best!

  17. I am so glad that I had the privilege to meet and teach this sweet boy. He sure had the smile and laugh that made my day happy. I will truly miss Daron so much and he will always be in our minds forever. Thoughts and prayers to Mr. & Mrs. Jessop.

  18. We Love you & your amazing family
    The closeness you all had was heart warming and beautiful. Bless you all through this very difficult time💔

  19. Lester and Noreen,
    I’ve been watching angels work here on earth. I’m so sorry for your loss!
    Prayers that you may be comforted in your bereavement.

  20. What a stud muffin. I remember VIVIDLY the first time I met Daron, his smile was the biggest! I was so fortunate to get to spend some time with him and spend time with his wonderful parents. I will always have a special place in my heart for him and your family. Hugs! Katie Larson

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