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Jeanne von Zastrow

Born: 6/10/1955, Blanding, Utah
Death: 1/20/2019, Moab, Utah
Service: 01/26/2019, 11:00 am, St Francis Episcopal Church

Jeanne Black von Zastrow died Jan. 20, 2019. She was born to Don and Wanda Black on June 10, 1955 in Monticello, Utah. Jeanne met the love of her life, David von Zastrow, in 1975 where they both worked at Lake Powell. They were married at Lake Powell in 1981. Their son, Max, was born in 1993 and became the joy and central focus of their lives.

Jeanne lived her life fully. Her energy, creativity, generosity and sense of adventure took her all over the world, led her to meet life-long friends, and to launch an amazing career at the Food Marketing Institute in Washington, D.C. In her position she took on CEOís and board members to successfully fight for issues close to her heart such as sustainability and the environment. Jeanne mentored dozens of young people throughout her life and rejoiced in their successes.

Jeanne never met an adventure she didnít love. She was a force to be reckoned with and embraced life with her entire being. She had a beautiful sense of style and flair; she always looked elegant and upbeat. She loved to hike, and she loved the La Sal Mountains where she and David built a home. She loved all cultures and people.

More than anything, Jeanne treasured her large extended family and friends, and she treasured Southern Utah. She often said sandstone and red rocks flowed through her veins. Together, Jeanne and David, and oftentimes, Max, hiked hundreds of red rock canyons and high mountain peaks. Their home was always open to friends and family. They considered Maxís friends their sons. Jeanne was incredibly devoted to her family and took excellent care of Uncle Ozzie and her parents as they aged.

An amazing wife, mom, sister, daughter, aunt, friend and colleague, Jeanne changed lives and made the world a kinder, more beautiful and magical place.

Jeanne leaves behind her devoted husband, David, and the light of her life, Max, as well as sisters Joni and Donna. She also has countless family and friends who love and adore her.

Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 250 S. Kane Creek Blvd., Moab. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Seekhaven, P.O. Box 729, Moab, Utah, 84532.


2/25/2019 - This is from Kristina Sherwood, Jim Sherwood's wife. Mom Cherril and Wanda were sister's and Jim and Jeanne are cousins. Jeanne was the beloved wife of David and Mother of Max. When we first met, Jeanne and I were instant friends, cousins and sister's. I loved her deeply, especially that sparkle in her eyes. for which will forever remain etched in my memory. A sweet friendship refreshes the soul. Proverbs 9:27 We were honored and blessed to have spent quality time with Jeanne and David going on most excellent adventures exploring Utah. Jeanne was extremely passionate about the land, her walkabouts and Bears Ears. My favorite hike was when Jeanne took us on a trail that wasn't marked and truly off the grid. To get there was a precarious, steep climb and she was our fearless guide. When we climbed to the top of the mountain, she sighed, surrendering to the beauty of her special place. I had never seen any place like it on Earth and it was glorious! There were gigantic sandstone fins jutting out from the top of the mountain everywhere. She smiled with that sparkle in her eyes sharing her secret spot with us, which I will never forget. I proclaim that trail as Jeanne's Walkabout. Jeanne was a light in our lives, full of joie de vivre, which is a cheerful enjoyment of life; an exultation of spirit. She and I had many conversations about spirituality and shared books as we embraced all religions. It's important to mention Jeanne's devotion to religion as a whole because we share that passion. Jeanne was raised Mormon and I was raised Roman Catholic. We respected our religious roots and also explored Buddhism together. We were blessed that our families loved us no matter what. I am grateful to be welcomed into my Mormon family with open arms with great love. Jeanne and I went to see Thich Nhất Hạnh, a 92 year old Vietnamese Buddhist monk who continues to promote peace and enlightened thinking. Jeanne and I agreed that our world needs more love, forgiveness and peace. I've come to realize that nothing in this life can prepare us for losing someone that we love. When we lose someone we love we must learn, not to live without them, but to live with the love left behind. Even though our hearts are broken by the loss of our beloved Jeanne, she is now our guardian angel. A beautiful soul is never forgotten. I had to give several eulogies lately for many losses within my own family and I said the same thing each time: Death is the hardest part of Life for those left behind Rumi, the Persian, Islamic scholar and Sufi mystic wrote: Death has nothing to do with going away. The sun sets. The moon sets. But they are not gone. It's not surprising to me that Jeanne left our world on the day of the most auspicious astronomical event of our time whereby the moon passed through Earth's shadow in a total lunar eclipse during the Full Wolf Moon also known as the supermoon. Then a meteor hit the moon! I asked Jeanne for a sign and that's the biggest sign I saw! Perhaps there are no stars, but openings in Heaven where the love of our beloved Jeanne will continue shine down upon us as a sign that she is at peace. If anyone would like to reach out, my email is We plan on doing our usual Easter weekend walkabout including David and Max in Blanding, Utah. Let us know if you'd like to join in? April 19-20-21-22 Sending my love and positive healing energies to all who knew and loved Jeanne. - Kristina Sherwood

1/24/2019 - I am one of many who are heartbroken at the passing of Jeanne Von Zastrow. I sorrow for her kind and loyal Dave, and I ache for the unanswerables remaining for sweet Max. Like everyone who knew Jeanne I have a basketful of regrets. I would have loved another chance to rope swing and swim in the turquoise waters of Havasu Falls with Jeanne in the lead. I would love to indulge once again in Jeanne's freshbaked lasagna dinner with a big scoop of creamy ice cream for dessert and hear her bigger than life stories and laughter no matter which home we visited her in. I should have told her what a remarkable example of motherhood she was to me those months after Max's surgeries, tirelessly caring, serving and teaching. Who teaches their children biofeedback to assist in nerve regeneration before it's ever needed? Jeanne did, and in my opinion, played a vital role in his full recovery and function. Jeanne and Dave raised a great man. My family (and entire neighborhood) is eternally endeared to Max. Other random memories: I chuckle when I recall Jeanne's "intermittent fasting." It consisted of a giant snicker bar at 2am and that was it. I took home a few black garbage bags of her thrift store clothing in hopes of looking as great as she did. That never happened. Jeanne was beautiful inside and out. I envision Jeanne today hiking and exploring celestial peaks and preparing a home for her family and friends. I look forward to visiting her there. Bonnie Peterson - Bonnie Peterson

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