James Galen Sletten

James Galen Sletten, 42, of Bozeman, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. A celebration of life in honor of James will be held Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Strand Union Building Ballroom on the Montana State University campus. There will be a welcoming at 10 a.m., a memorial service at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at noon.

James was born May 23, 1977 in Portland, Ore. He graduated from Billings West High School and attended Montana State University on a track scholarship. While at MSU, he met the love of his life, Daisy Zell of Shelby. They were married on Nov. 12, 2004 and blessed with the biggest joy of their lives with the birth of their daughter Willow on June 21, 2014.

James had a stellar 13-year career with the MSU Police Department, rising to the rank of detective sergeant and was diligently working on a PhD in Adult and Higher Education Administration. He was held in high regard throughout the law enforcement and higher education communities of Bozeman especially for his student outreach activities.

James was an avid reader of science fiction, hiker and runner always with his partner Daisy at his side.

Most importantly, James was a devoted and loving father and husband who valued family above all else.

He is survived by his wife Daisy Zaneta Zell (formerly of Shelby) and daughter Willow Nayeli Zell-Sletten of Bozeman; his mother Norma Sletten of Billings; his sister Charlsie Sletten and his niece Riley of Billings; and Daisy’s extended family, which includes her parents Zane and Gloria Zell of Shelby, numerous brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles who loved him dearly as a member of their own family.

James wholeheartedly believed that public radio and television were vitally important. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of James to PBS and NPR at the following links: