My family and I have so many wonderful memories with Jason I’m not sure where to start or how to capture how much this man has changed my life and the lives of my family. Jason was my mission companion and quickly became a lifelong friend. So many wonderful memories of “Elder Z” and “Super Sedge”, the many people we taught and grew to love. The children that loved and adored him and couldn’t wait until Elder Z would come visit again. When I started a family of my own Jason quickly became the adopted uncle for my young boys. As they have grown up over the past several years they too have formed an amazing bond of love and friendship with Jason that will never be forgotten.
We were so blessed to have had the privilege of having Jason in our home on so many occasions that created so many wonderful memories that will always be cherished. These visits were always highly anticipated by our boys. They would be bouncing off the walls with excitement and yet those were the nights that they actually wanted to go to bed, they couldn’t wait. Because this meant that Jason would be telling a bedtime story. He would create these magical lands of mashed potato mountains and let the boy’s interact and help the story take twists and turns as they decided what would happen next. These stories started when my oldest son Tanner was just a small child. They have continued over the years as an ever evolving story that never ended. It just kept going the next time Jason would come for a visit. Now at 13 when most young men are outgrowing bedtime stories, he still looked forward to these stories from Jason. They were so special to them and will be greatly missed.
Tanner went to Lagoon yesterday. When he came home he said, “I just kept looking around at all of the fun rides that were Jason’s favorites and the ones he liked to go on with me.” Our boy’s and my wife loved going to Lagoon with Jason. The boy’s had to share him and take turns riding with him but they enjoyed these special times with him. Jason loved the fast roller coasters as did my wife so they loved to go on them together. One of my wife’s favorite’s rides at Lagoon was the Rocket. This was also one of Jason’s favorites. He would take his shoes off and put his camera on his shoes pointing at the ride to take a video of them as they would fall, screaming from the top of the ride. Some of our favorite pictures in our family are ones that Jason took during our trips to Lagoon.
Another fond memory of ours was a time when Jason came and stayed for Christmas. He was here for a couple of days and the boy’s loved it! They were more excited to have Jason here for Christmas and see him open their little gifts that they had gotten for him then they were to open their own gifts. I don’t recall if it was that same Christmas or another one after that when Jason came to stay for a couple of days and he got snowed in. He actually had to call into work and tell them that he was snowed in at a friend’s house and wouldn’t be back to work that next day. We had received over 2 feet of snow the night before. My boy’s had a blast. We played in the snow, threw lots of snowballs, made a snowman, snow angels and had such an amazing time. It took Jason and I over 2 hours to shovel our way to the side of his car so the driver’s side doors would open. Until the neighbor showed up with a snow blower we didn’t have a prayer of getting the car out before sunset. (The next week – I bought a snow blower.)
Jason holds a special place in the hearts of everyone in my family. Our lives were forever changed by him and the amazing friend that he was. He had a way about him that you just couldn’t help but love him. The day we learned of his passing my son Brayden said to my wife, “I just wish I could see him one more time, that he could tell me one more story, play one more game with me, and give me one more hug and tell me how proud he was of me. If I could see him one more time I would be sure to give him a big hug and tell him how much I loved him.” I know we all feel the same way. While the bedtime stories that Jason told have now come to an end, we will always remember them, and the memories we have had with him. They will be forever engraved in our hearts. He will be so deeply missed.
We Love You Jason and long for the day that we will someday meet again.
Hazen, Stephanie, Tanner, Brayden and Kyle Sedgwick