Escondido, CA

Jess Draper Asper, 60

Minister expanded programs for International Church of Christ in Latin America

Surrounded by family, Jess Draper Asper died peacefully on June 8 following a 5 year battle with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a form of Frontotemporal Dementia. 

Services and a celebration of life will be Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. at Riverside Church of Christ in Kerrville with Pastor LuJack Martinez and son-in-law, Al Johnson, officiating.  

A gathering for friends and family will follow at Pint & Plow Brewing Co.  A beachside memorial is planned for later this summer in California.

Jess Asper was born on August 14, 1958 in Pasadena, California to Marilyn and Howard Asper.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Draper Asper.  He is survived by his father, Howard Asper of Escondido; his twin brother, Jim Asper (Lori) of Escondido; his sister, Dawn Rogers (Scott), Rancho Penasquitos;  his wife, Diane Curry Asper of Kerrville, Texas;  6 children – Daniel Asper (Meredith), Jupiter, Florida; Jessica Johnson (Al), San Antonio, Texas; Andrew Asper, Los Angeles;  step-daughters Arianna Curry, Kerrville, Texas; Alexa Curry, Plano, Texas; and Anne-Marie Curry, Houston, Texas; 3 grandchildren, Deacon, Allie & Eleanor Johnson of San Antonio, Texas, and his fierce protector, Harper, who was never far from his side.

To say he never met a stranger would be an understatement.  With his infectious smile and laugh, Jess Asper was always eager to greet old and new friends, and of course – share a story.  These qualities propelled his success through the years as a minister and tennis coach.   His first calling to serve was campus ministry at San Diego State University, where he received a degree in Literature.  In 1992, he became the Missionary and Program Director for the International Church of Christ leading the expansion of programs and facilities in Argentina and Mexico.   

He returned to the States in 1996 and blended his love of ministry and tennis in establishing Hope for Kids in Los Angeles, an innovative non-profit tennis program serving minority children in inner-city communities.  

In 2002, he relocated with his family to San Antonio where he continued his love for tennis and working with children, which he continued and what ultimately brought him to Kerrville in 2013 to open a successful tennis academy.  He touched and changed many lives throughout his journey.  He will truly be missed.

The family expressed their appreciation for all the care, training and support received from the Dietert Center family and their Dementia Care Advocates program over the last two years.  To the entire Peterson Hospice team, no words can express the family’s profound gratitude.  Your care, compassion and friendship during the last 6 months has been truly remarkable.   To the family members, friends and caregivers who assisted with his care during these final months, thank you for making him feel special and loved.

If you would like to honor the memory of Jess Asper, please give generously to the Dietert Center – Dementia Care Advocates, 451 Guadalupe Street, Kerrville, TX 78028 or Peterson Hospice, 250 Cully Dr., Kerrville, TX 78028.

Condolences may be sent at by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.

Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville are in charge of funeral arrangements.

One response to “Jess Draper Asper, 60”

  1. Leilani Martinez says:

    My fondest alohas to the family/loved ones of Jess Asper. My gratitude to God for putting him in my son’s life, which effected wonderful changes in the lives of my family. 🙏🌺❤🌺🙏💚🌺💜

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