Carroll ‘Buzz’ Vern Esterholt


Feb. 1, 1941 – April 8, 2019

Carroll “Buzz” Vern Esterholt left us Monday,

April 8, at St. John’s Hospital in Jackson.

Buzz lived heroically with a debilitating

stroke for 17 years and also had heart and

other complications.

On Feb. 1, 1941, Carl Verner Esterholt

and Velma Ray “McLemore” Esterholt and

daughter, Marian, added little Buzzy to their

family, then later another son, Don Lee. Buzz

attended school in Byron and in his high

school years excelled in football, track, the

tenor saxophone and social events, which

sometimes included “stealing” the occasional

watermelon from a neighboring farm. He attended

Powell Community College where he

met and married Janet Sheets. They had two

sons, Christopher and Mark, who were the joy

of Buzz’s life. He went to work for Texaco

Company and was transferred to LaBarge,

where his marriage dissolved, but life went

on.

In 1974, Buzz and Jeanene Orgill, of

Pinedale, married in the Idaho Falls Temple. Buzz then finished school at Ricks College

in Rexburg, Idaho, with a business law degree and worked for banks as a loan officer. Buzz held

many interesting jobs throughout his life, starting out with haying and farm jobs, various positions

in the gas and oil field, construction, Powell Police Department, LaBarge law enforcement

and Ricks College campus security and owned and operated a carpet cleaning business. In 1985

the family came back to Pinedale where Buzz worked for the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office

and then the Sublette County Assessor’s office. Buzz became the Deputy County Assessor and

did the majority of the oil companies’ assessments. Buzz was proud to be from Wyoming and always

cheered for the Cowboys, unless they were playing BYU, then he was “true blue.” He loved

to fish, be out in the mountains, rock hunt, camp, go to Yellowstone and watch John Wayne. Buzz

always kept his sense of humor, his patience and his faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Buzz is survived by his wife, Jeanene, of 45 years; children and families, Mark, Shelly, Tanner,

Riley and Jake Esterholt of Santa Ana, Calif.; Aaron, Sophia, Jordan, Jalan, Raelyn and

Espen Esterholt of Arlington, Wash.; Brian, Charlotte, Wyatt and Rosalie Esterholt of Pinedale;

Ruth, Thayer and Hudson Chandless of Rockaway, N.J.; Curt Esterholt of Pinedale; and sister

Marian Esterholt and family of Casper.

He is preceded in death by his son Christopher, brother Don Lee and parents Vern and Velma

Esterholt.

A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at the Pinedale Cemetery

with a luncheon and memorial following at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 143

N. Sublette St.

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