Obituary of Jason "JJ" Robert Jones
If one was to sum up Jason Robert Jones in one word that word would be uniter. JJ came to us July 19th 1980 on an overcast day in Takoma, Washington, but he was a brilliant ray of sunshine. Little did his mother Soonja, who survived him, know that it would barely be 7 months before JJ took his first steps across the room and into the hearts of so many.
After graduating from Widefield High School, his mother urged him to attend college, but JJ wouldn’t let her take on the financial burden. “Don’t worry mom, I’ll use my mind and make my own way.” So, the Legend was born.
One foot in front of the other, JJ made his way around the globe, always mindful of The Game, and with a clear mission in mind to bring people together in fellowship and fun. After enlisting in the Air Force, JJ went on to graduate from New Mexico State University and earn his commission. Whether strolling the streets of Germany heading out for the evening or grabbing a late-night bowl of ramen on the way back from Songtan, JJ left, not with friends, but with brothers and sisters.
JJ continued to serve his country after he separated from the Air Force. Continuing his work in the Intel field, he went on to complete his Masters at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Always sharpening his mind, one could frequently find JJ pouring through books. And not just comic books, actual adult books with big words and no pictures.
Continuing to better himself gave him the ability and appreciation to fearlessly advocate for equality and equity. No subject was off limits and no issue was too taboo to not be ferociously, but respectfully debated. JJ spent his life fighting for others and if ever a man was to be judged by the content of his character, JJ would not be found wanting.
In true fashion, JJ continued to look out for others till the end. He returned to Colorado Springs to help his mother, a strong woman who took a boy eager to explore the world and molded him into the strong man we all call our brother. He was a good man with a good heart. Lover of life, ladies, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Wakanda Forever!
Soonja, as friends around the world grieve with tears pouring down our faces gasping for a breath of air, know that the Legacy of your son does not end here. The net he cast was wide, and the people he brought together are forever bound. Whether complimenting a complete stranger on their shirt, listening to a friend vent, or checking in on his own bedside nurse to make sure their day was going ok, the spirit of JJ, his compassion, and optimism will live on with all of us as we strive to help others in the same way.
Heroes are made by the path they choose. JJ, thank you for walking a path that brought so many people together and made them feel loved.
Here's a toast to the host
Of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send a message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old
Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold.
A toast to the host of men we boast, the U.S. Air Force!
On September 3rd, 2023, JJ shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the rest of the warriors in the halls of Valhalla. All are welcome to join us as we come together to say goodbye on Thursday, September 14th at Springs Funeral Services, 3115 E Platte Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. The viewing will begin at 11am with a funeral service at Noon. The burial will follow at Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Road, Colorado Springs, CO, 80925 at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Veterans Support Foundation at https://www.vsf-usa.org/.
Until we meet again in Valhalla.
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