David Preston Jessop—Ex-Husband of ‘Sister Wives’ Star Robyn Brown— Diagnosed with Leukemia; Family Raising Money for His Care

David Preston Jessop— the mysterious ex-husband of Sister Wives star Robyn Brown and the biological father of her oldest three children— has been diagnosed with cancer.

In the newest update on a GoFundMe set up by his family members, it was revealed that Preston (as he’s called) has Chronic Myeloid Leukemia and has been struggling in his battle to get his white blood cells under control. The GoFundMe— which was first made public by YouTuber Backwoods Barbi— has currently raised over $4000 for Preston.

As ‘Sister Wives’ fans know, Preston agreed to allow Robyn’s husband Kody Brown to legally adopt son Dayton and daughters Aurora and Breanna in 2015. While Preston has been a topic of discussion on the show over the years, not much is known about his current life.

As The Ashley reported back in 2015, Preston lives in Montana and is the first cousin of Kody’s ex-wife Christine Brown. (Click here for more factoids about Preston.)

In the new GoFundMe created in late February, it was revealed that Preston has remarried and fathered four more children.

Preston and his second wife…who looks strikingly similar to how Robyn looked before the weight of Kody’s drama took a toll on her…

Although Preston’s kids with Robyn were legally adopted by Kody, he was still seeing them after the adoption. It’s unknown if they have any sort of relationship with Preston now that they are all adults.

Aurora, Dayton and Breanna were not mentioned in the GoFundMe bio.


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“Preston has an amazing wife and four beautiful, sweet children, that make him more determined than ever to beat this,” the bio reads. “His health is not great but he continues to work daily. He is doing everything he can to provide for his family… Their finances have taken a hit, but they are hardworking and determined.”

The bio reveals that doctors instructed Preston to take “chemo pills” for the next 10-15 years to keep the leukemia under control and eventually get him into remission. However, the family member that wrote the bio claims that the pills have given Preston “serious internal problems” and are not helping get the cancer under control. 

“He was scheduled to start another round of ‘chemo pills.’ but has been told this second round will likely destroy his heart and arteries,” the GoFundMe bio reads. “Because [of] this, he is opting to take a more natural approach. This is extremely promising, but also extremely expensive. Of course, insurance will not pay anything on natural remedies or treatments.”

Over the years, Robyn has claimed on the show that Preston was abusive to her. He was never arrested for anything involving Robyn, although in 2018 he was arrested for assaulting a family member. He pleaded not guilty and eventually the charge was downgraded to disorderly conduct. 

Although Preston has been a frequent topic of conversation on ‘Sister Wives’ over the past 17 seasons, he has never appeared on the show. 

RELATED STORY: ‘Sister Wives’ Star Meri Brown Relocates to Utah Following Split From Kody Brown; Exes Spotted Filming Together at Meri’s Bed & Breakfast

(Photos: GoFundMe; TLC; Instagram)


  1. Your both terrible evil ppl.Kody who are u to adopt 3 kids when you can’t even take care of your own Even when u had 3+1 wivies that the 3 wivies 1always worked while you and ur princess got everything your little black hearts wanted but never worked for anything

  2. Jesus!! These people and their “GO FUND ME” BS! Take care of your own damn medical bills!! Maybe he should’ve thought twice before fathering FOUR more kids if he can’t even pay his own medical bills. He’s the one choosing to use “natural” cancer medication that insurance doesn’t pay for. What is it with these people? Just like Mama Junes daughter who has cancer. They beg for money on a Go Fund Me instead of anyone in that lazy ass family getting an actual job and working to pay for things.And no, I don’t actually mean that she should be working while she’s sick. I mean her fiance. She has medical insurance. “Pumpkins” husband doesn’t work either. But I guess as long as there is a Go Fund Me, and people dumb enough to give to it…..whatever.

    1. Or….. maybe decent health insurance should be more affordable. Generally people don’t have tens of thousands of dollars just laying around. Health insurance options are garbage for people who don’t qualify for free state health care. My son had over 100k in medical bills before he was 6 months old. Last time I shopped around for insurance coverage for a family of 4 costs more than our mortgage plus there’s co pays and deductibles. It’s highway robbery.

  3. Jessop…that’s a well-known name in polygamist circles. Wonder how closely related he is to FLDS Jessops…

    1. David Preston Jessop Polygamy
      Preston is the ex-husband of Robyn who later married a polygamist, Kody Brown.

      Robyn’s ex-husband David Preston Jessop is Christine’s first cousin and Kody’s third cousin. AUB households who observe polygamy share that identity.

      His father, Louis, was his mother, Mary’s uncle by marriage at the time that they got married. He is the second-youngest of nine siblings, all boys. Since his father had multiple wives, he has several dozen half-siblings.

        1. I also need to add (for my own peace of mind) that regardless of how I might feel about someone, I’ll always have empathy for a cancer diagnosis. I wish him all the best.

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