Jason's life began the day God blessed us with the most beautiful little boy on July 16, 1976. Jason brought a lot of happiness to many people.
Jason had several nicknames growing up. When he was a little boy his great-grandfather (gramps) called him smiley, he was always smiling! He had other nicknames; "J", J-bird, and son. He also gave nicknames to us. He'd call me muffler, his dad pops, and his sister Nic. Jason was a normal easy going kid.
He had several odd jobs, but mostly cooking in different resturaunts or cafe's. He graduated from Gulf Breeze High School in June 1995 and joined the Marines shortly after that. Just before he was to graduate he fractured his femur so he wasn't able to continue. He was extremely disappointed. He was married April 28, 2000 to a young woman named Ashley Ward, they lived in the Pensacola, FL area and had no children.
He worked very hard in the construction field waterproofing condominiums and other buildings, he wanted the best for he and Ashley, he was looking forward to the day he would possibly have his own business.
Jason loved to cook and it was something he became really good at. I remember a time when he was 13 and his sister was11 years old and they decided they would cook us dinner, we had been working very long days. It was awful to say the least, pork chops that tasted like lighter fluid, sticky dry mashed potatoes and very salty green beans, but we ate it with a smile on our face, it was really thoughtful! When he and his sister were growing up I would cook them whatever they wanted for their birthday dinner. As Jason got older he in return did the same for us. He was teaching his wife how to cook too. We thought he might even do it professionly, but he said he just wanted to do it for fun and liked cooking for family and friends. One of my favorite dishes he would cook was grilled fish and baked cheese potatoes.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends going camping, fishing and white water rafting. He always had fun hanging out at the beach and playing volleyball, but I think he mostly liked girl watching with his best friend Ben. He loved anything that had to do with being close to or in the water. He had fun playing board games, (I hear he was very good at chess, but never got a chance to watch him play) watching college football (loved Florida State Seminoles), re-runs of the Dukes of Hazzard, the Simpsons and an array of movies.
He enjoyed listening to music, (Natalie Merchant, Queen, & 3 Doors Down) to name a few, playing with his dogs(Dozier and Charlie) and doing yard work. He was proud of the vegetable garden he and Ashley planted, they had fun doing it together. He had a green thumb like his mom. Ashley liked to bragg about anything Jason did for them. At every holiday they would decorate their yard, it was really sweet. The last thing Jason planted were sunflowers, he never got to see them, but they were beautiful!! He would have been happy to see them grow. Jason worked and played hard, he had such a passion for living life to the fullest.
I never dreamed that he would leave this earth before me. On June 18, 2002 I received a phone call with devestating news that would change our lives forever. Jason had been in a construction accident. We were told he would not survive, but Jason showed everyone how strong and detemined he could be. He continued fighting for another 13 days. Jason quietly slipped into a comatose state on July 2, 2002 two weeks before his 26th birthday. Jason is our angel watching over us. It's been 5 years, 5 months and 1 day since I saw you and held you in my arms. There is still alot of pain, but also tears of joy in remembering the life we had with you. The kind of relationship a mother can be proud of.
"J", your dad, sister and I love and miss you and we will forever hold you in our memory and in our hearts. You will continue to inspire us! Please remember us "J" as we will always remember and love you! We miss you son, Mom, Dad, and Nichole