Jimi Lee Rodriguez III
Jimi Lee was granted peace and relief from his struggles and illness on the afternoon of May 22, 2018, hand in hand with his wife and under the gracious care of Riverstone Hospice Home.
Jimi Lee was born to young parents Jimi Rodriguez Jr. and Jo Mouat on April 26, 1980 in Billings, MT. As a young boy, Jimi Lee was adopted by James and Audelia Rodriguez in an act of selflessness and love by all to provide him the best life possible. Jimi Lee cherished them dearly and went on to care for them and guide them thought their own journeys home.
Jimi Lee attended Billings schools, and was very proud of his athletic accomplishments, having been a member of several championship football teams up to his graduation from West High in 1999. He went on to college at the University of Montana, where he could not have been prouder to be a member of the Griz football team of whom he stayed a fan for life.
Life had other plans for Jimi Lee and he left college to return to Billings to care for his ailing parents and become a proud father for the first time to daughter Alexis.
Professionally, Jimi Lee wore many hats and was a successful bartender and waiter for many years. His true passion turned to food as an adult, and he eventually became an excellent self-taught chef. He delighted in honing his skills cooking for his family and friends and started his own catering service, Seize the Day. He had continued to dream he could build on this and have his own café someday.
In the formative years of his young adult life, Jimi Lee married Tawnya Hudyma. This union brought him his beloved sons, Alexzander and Asher. Though the union dissolved, Jimi Lee always treasured his children and delighted in the time they had together.
On March 16, 2016, Jimi Lee married Stephanie Anderson and welcomed another child into his family with stepdaughter Andi. He loved to tell anyone who would listen about meeting his wife on the first day of kindergarten – a life long friendship that became a loving marriage.
Jimi Lee loved being a father, husband, son, brother, caretaker, and friend. He wasn’t happy unless he was feeding someone or lending a hand. He loved his Red Sox and his 49ers and was very proud of founding the Big Sky SF 49ers Booster Club and fan page. He shared his love of sports with many and treasured his time coaching for his boys, and also with his brother Rick.
There is not a day Jimi Lee won’t be missed, nor a holiday that will ever be the same without him. And yes, a Sunday BBQ counts as a holiday!
Jimi Lee, rest in peace my love, the fight and the pain are over. May your spirit carry on with those you loved. May you experience all that brought you joy in your 38 years with us but without the pain and turmoil.
Jimi Lee was preceded in death by parents James and Audelia, and Grandparents Judy Eames and Bud Lawrence.
Jimi Lee is survived by his wife Stephanie (daughter Andi); children Alexis, Alexzander, and Asher; siblings Linda (Billy), Jimi (Robyn), Rick (Blackie), and Dan; biological mother Jo Mouat; mother-in-law Anne Anderson; and many dear friends and family.
Memorial Service 11am Wednesday May 30th at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 40 10th Street West Billings, MT 59102.