Notice regarding Coronavirus...Read More

800-238-ARIA (2742)

Plan Ahead

Atkins, Jesse Lee

December 30, 1981 –
 March 15, 2019


Jesse Lee Atkins, of Dallas, TX, was born December 30, 1981 in Memphis, TN.  Jesse went to be with God on March 15, 2019.

Jesse was a big guy with a big heart.  As a self-taught fitness guru, he loved being in the gym working out and sharing his knowledge of fitness with others.  He was smart, kind and funny and had boyish charm and wonderful smile.

Jesse loved cooking and making up his own recipes as he went along.  He enjoyed the outdoors, biking, being in the country and Dallas Cowboys football!  Jesse also loved to help people.  Many of his friends have shared stories about how he was there for them and helped in times of need.

Jesse loved his family very much.   His presence, smile, humor, and his great big hugs are missed immensely every day!  He is loved so very much.

Jesse is survived by his Mother, Angela Bastari; Grandparents, Martha and Robert Anglin and Julie and George Bastari; Scott Bass, who stepped into the role of Jesse’s father when Jesse was very young; his sister, Fallon Tuttle, (Jordan); nieces Olivia and Ava; and former stepdad, Chuck Fuson.

His Aunts, Deborah Bastari and Leigh Ann Bastari; Uncles, Chris Bastari, (Shannon), Joshua Bastari, Daniel Bastari, Greg Bass, Cliff Fuson; Great Aunts: Myrtis Wadsworth (Henry), Elnora Stewart, Dianne Bethards, (Len) and multiple cousins.

Cremation and a private service was held following his passing.

Jesse will be laid in his final resting place at Sparkman Hillcrest Cemetery
7405 W.  Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas, 75225.
A graveside Interment service is scheduled for Monday August 2, 2021 at 11:00

Beyond the edge of time and space, In my mind’s eye I see a place
Where love and joy and perfect peace, Make all pain and sorrows cease;
There is no hate to poison there, No doubts or feeling of despair
No part of human pride and greed, No wars to maim, no wounds to bleed;
All fear and dread are cast aside, And every need is satisfied,
I walk no more in earthly night, For God is my eternal light.

  • Jesse Atkins

    Angela Bastari
    14 May 2021

    I miss you being in this world Jesse. I miss hearing your voice, your laugh and I miss your huge presence. God had his reasons for calling you home but I wish he had given me more time with you. I love you sweet boy. MoM

    18 Jun 2021

    Jess you are always in our hearts and we hold you close as a beautiful memory.

    Daniel Bastari
    18 Jun 2021

    I hate it you were taken so soon. I truly feel God has a time for all and his reason and need was greater than ours. I was both inspired and intrigued by the pictures and stories of my handsome, buff nephew. I wish we had time to come together, reconnect, and know one another, I know we would have shared so many commonalities. Fly high and watch down over us Jess, you are truly missed.

    Leigh Ann
    18 Jun 2021

    How do I begin to speak of the little boy I remember that grew into a man before our eyes, in the blink of an eye. So many memories growing up … the one thing that stays with me always is Jessie’s smile. It was as big as his heart and when he smiled, you smiled. Jessie you will always be in our hearts and our minds. Regrets I have many… but you are so loved and so missed by so many. I hope more than all you have peace. And I know in my heart you are keeping guard over your Mom and your sister. All my love ❤️

    Josh Bastari
    18 Jun 2021

    Love you nephew. Wish we could have spent more time together. We will meet again one day.

    19 Jun 2021

    Jess, you left us way too early, but will remain in our hearts forever. We love and miss you and find comfort in knowing that God had a reason for calling you home. God Bless! ❤️

    Debbie Bastari
    21 Jun 2021

    Jess – I think of you often. You had so much life left to live. I wish we could have had more time. God knew you needed peace; peace that you would only find in him and with him. So he called you home to rest and be happy. I am saddened that you’re gone but find comfort knowing you are with him. Rest in Peace Jess – you will always be remembered and will always be in my heart ~ I Love You

    George /Julie Bastari
    23 Jun 2021

    Jesse never forget when you were born , how tiny you were. The time your Gramps and I spent with you over the years , not enough but we will always remember and cherish the time we did have. God has a purpose and a reason for everything and everyone. You were definitely taken to be with him too soon. Your Gramps and I think of you every day , your loving and kind heart and your gentle ways. We Love you and miss you . Until we will see you again . Gramps and Nonni love you❤️

    Martha Anglin
    25 Jun 2021

    Dear Jesse, you have always been and always will be “my dear sweet Jesse”. You have gone to be with Jesus but you are never more than an instant away from my mind and you are always in my heart. You left me with so many wonderful memories. I recall these memories like they happened yesterday. You were so helpful to others and you always amazed me with your common sense approach to everything. Honey, please take your much deserved rest in Jesus Christ. I miss you so much, Jesse, but I know that nothing can hurt you now or make you unhappy. We’ll be together again some day. I love you, Honey.

    Jo Anne Atkins
    13 May 2021

    Dear Jesse, I will miss you always. I will treasure the times we were together when you you were younger and seeing you at the airport on your way to California. You are always in my heart and I love you so much..more than words can say. So proud of you and your accomplishments. Mom, Jennifer and Stephanie also, miss you so much. We do have many wonderful memories of you in our hearts for always. You are with God now and in his loving hands. We all love and miss you so much. Rest in peace sweet Jesse. Love, Grandmother, Jo Anne Atkins, Great Grandmother, Neva Thompson, Aunt & Uncle Jennifer & Chris Arnold, Aunt & Uncle Stephanie & David Leibick & Cousin Spencer Leibick.

    Angel Parrott Isbell
    1 Aug 2021

    I have so much to share, over 20 years of memories. The day you left a piece of my heart broke, a void was left in my world, my being. You were my “person” through high school, when I had my kids, got divorced, decorated and helped celebrat Makaylahs 18th birthday. So many memories, it hurts that we aren’t still making more. The different relationships we shared and we stayed just as close, you were my soul mate. We will be 40 this year and you are gone. I hope you are watching down still living my life with me, one day we will live it together again. I love you my sweet Jes

    Cody Galyean
    18 Mar 2022

    Hi if someone could contact me I would appreciate it…. 2533440765… I will miss Him, be he was my best workout partner, the best I ever had

Leave A Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


R. Driver
Read More
"Excellent customer service, they made you feel like you were their only customer. Very helpful and explained what we should expect during the process. They basically took care of our needs during this time. They contacted DFW National Cemetery for us which made it a smooth experience. Definitely will use them again."
K. Barker
Read More
"I was amazed how professional the team at Aria Funeral Preston Dallas Texas are. They guided me through the process and my options of their services that they offered for my mother. They are compassionate, caring, calm, good listener, efficient and did an excellent job! Thank you!"
R. Woll
Read More
"If I could give 6 stars I would. Aria made a difficult easier to deal with by basically taking care of everything in an efficient but very empathetic manner. I can speak highly enough of Dusty Martin, who helped us with all of the planning and logistics. He was incredibly understanding and helpful."
Angel M.
Read More
"Nothing prepares you for the grief you go through when losing a child. I called this funeral home at 2:00 am broken and could barely talk. The amount of compassion and empathy they showed me immediately let me know I found the right place to cremate my son. I cannot thank them enough for their professionalism, SINCERE concern, and commitment to making sure my son was honored in the most respectful way. I hope this Funeral home values her as much as my family and I do."
McGee Family
Read More
"Wayne and Staff, thank you for taking care of the arrangements for our mom, Exter McGee and our dad, Philip McGee. You have been great to work with during such a difficult time."
Elledge Family
Elledge Family
Read More
"On behalf of my family, I wanted you to know how much we appreciate your handling of my husband's final arrangements. Wayne Baxter assisted & guided us through the entire process with such care & compassion. Don't know what we would have done without him! Sincerely, Colleen Elledge"
The Peterson Family
The Peterson FamilyYelp! Review - Northwest Highway 5-Stars
Read More
"I can’t say enough about how helpful and professional Dusty Martin, the funeral director at the Aria Cremation location on NW Highway has been. From my initial call, he was kind and informative. My friend died at home while on hospice and she was picked up in about an hour after receiving the call from the hospice nurse. The person who arrived to pick her up was also very professional/respectful and allowed us to take as much time with her as we wished. When I met with Dusty the next day about arrangements, he explained the process and options available without being pushy or trying to “sell” extras. Throughout the process, he kept me informed and, for example, was careful to be certain I understood the cost of the obituary I wanted and offered some options for reducing that cost if I wished. When I stopped by for another reason and started talking about some of the problems I was having with the pictures and media I hoped to use at a memorial lunch I was planning, he not only listened patiently but offered technology advice and let me use his personal media player. I have had experience arranging cremations for four others using two other local companies, and this experience with Dusty at Aria has been by far the best one I have had."
Paula Barnes
Paula BarnesGoogle Review
Read More
"My Daddy’s service and our family experience at Aria Northwest Highway was truly blessed. Funeral Director Dustin Martin is the kind of person that you would like to see on a more regular basis – but in his industry – you hope to not see him that often. That being said – THANK YOU DUSTIN for your unending kindness, compassion and friendship through the process. Meeting you and discussing Dallas History, Find A Grave and my Dad’s lifelong contributions to the great City of Dallas was simply wonderful! In memory of my dad James A. Dodd, Sr. – I want to personally thank you and let you know that you made everything better in that moment. Your calling to “Be There” is spot on. Aria has a one in a million guy in you! Bling Blinky of TEXAS Shout Out: God Bless You!!"

Get In Touch


Immediate Attention

Contact Us

Preston Road

“George Bush at Preston”

Aria - Northwest Highway

“5 Miles East of Hillcrest Memorial Park / Lake Highlands”

Funeral Homes Irving Tx: Aria Cremation

“Belt Line Road at 183”

Fannin Memorial Gardens

Veterans Funeral Services

Darst Funeral Home

Search Obituaries

Important Information

  1. If death has occurred and or is imminent, please call the Aria location nearest you.




  2. Click here to Download the Cremation Forms.
  3. Have the cremation authorization form notarized
  4. Fax the forms back to us at:
    • NW Highway
    • Preston Rd.
    • Belt Line Rd.

Additional Information