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    Jamie Zepp (45) died of heart disease

    This is a sad day for us as we are mourning the loss of one of our own.
    We have to report the death of Jamie Zepp at the age of 45.
    You probably know from his time on the air here in Rapid City over more than 20 years.
    Jamie Zepp passes away at age of 45

    Zepp started at KEVN as a sports intern during his time at U-S-D.
    After graduation, he began his work career at KOTA Territory News, working in both news and sports.
    Zepp then went away for a while, heading to KMEG-TV in Sioux City, Iowa for a couple of years before returning to the Black Hills and KEVN Black Hills FOX, where he was the sports director for more than 16 years.
    He left that position to pursue and complete his dream, hiking the 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
    The people who knew Jamie won't forget his zest for life.

    Mike Modrick says, "Jamie was full of life. Jamie had this smile that would just light up. You couldn't help but smile back. But he lived his life and he lived his dreams. A lot of people don't know that he did a little stint as a mixed martial arts guy. I think he got pretty well beat up, but he still did it. And to do the Appalachian trail, that was a dream of his. and I had thought when I was a young man of doing that to. The difference between us, he went and did it."

    Jack Caudill says, "To me Jamie was just a fun loving guy, whether it was superheroes or sports or MMA or video games, whatever it was Jamie was all in. You could be mad at Jamie, he could drive you crazy, but you couldn't be made at him for very long. And I'm just happy that he got to do his dream trip, which was his hike up the Appalachian Trail. And the amazing thing was, he got it done and he lived his dream."

    One of Jamie's proudest moments of his professional career came in 2015.
    That's when he won an Emmy for his amazing Dr. Seuss rhyming sportscast.
    Jamie will be sorely missed by all of us who had the pleasure to have worked with him.
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    Jamie Zepp, 45, of Rapid City, SD died suddenly of Heart Disease on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

    He was born at Lakenheath Air Base, England on April 26, 1974 to Jeanne Ransom and Jerry Zepp. Jamie graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1992 lettering in football and wrestling. He graduated from University of South Dakota (Vermillion) in 1996 with a Mass Communication Degree. During that time, he joined the South Dakota Air National Guard serving 4 years in Administration.

    After graduation, he worked as a Television News/Sports Director for over 20 years achieving an Emmy Award for his Sports Casts. Looking for a new adventure, he hiked the entire Appalachian Trail totaling 2190.9 miles. Jamie was in the process of writing a book describing his “Trail Experience” hoping to have it published and starting a writing career.

    Off to hike the ultimate trail to Heaven and missing his bright smile and kind heart will be his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Ransom, Huron, SD; mother, Jeanne (Ransom) and Steve Carstens, Kalamazoo, MI; father and step-mother, Jerry and Karen Zepp, Rapid City, SD; brother, Rick (Michelle) Zepp, Spokane, WA; sister, Jennifer Zepp, Rapid City, SD; nephew, Hunter Zepp, Spokane, WA, nephew, Cody Boetel, Sioux Falls, SD; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

    Meeting him on the trail in Heaven are his paternal grandfather and grandmother, “Pappy” Clyde and Virginia Zepp; aunt, Maryann (Zepp) Bothwell; and maternal grandfather, LaVerne Ransom.

    Celebration of Life Services will be held at a later date once the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the American Heart Association.
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    It's sad that he was just starting out on a new life adventure. Sounds like he lived a full life. Rest in peace, Jamie...
    You are talking to a woman who has laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom and chuckled at catastrophe.
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