all what you like to say to Jason, his friends and family.
There are no words to say how much you are missed.
We love you and miss you!
Mom and Dad
I'm still missing you Jason and always will! Cheers to Blue Skies!!
Fifteen years ago we had the best time at the beach. Lots of laughs and shenanigans that have become Jason' sayings! You left us too soon and we miss you dearly! Blue skies to you!
Love Aunt Christie and Uncle Bill
Some days it seems like yesterday I was sitting right next to you and some days it seems so long. After all this time it is still very hard not to see your face but we do talk and think about all our wonderful times with you.RIP our beautiful boy!
Love, Mom and Marsh
Missing your laugh and smile and sense of humor your family misses you so much!
love, Mom and Marsh
Jason thinking about you and missing you.We are going to see one of you favorite bands Dave Matthews with your brother on his birthday. It makes me smile how you loved singing his music. I know you will be there with us kicking up some dirt! We miss you always Jas.
love, Mom and Marsh
Happy Birthday to you (out of tune as usual)!
I miss your wonderful personality and sweet smile!
I missed you at the big occasion in our life but I know you were smiling at us through the whole celebration! You also got some pretty good chuckles I'll bet! We love you!
Aunt Christie, Uncle Bill, Max, Christian, Caitlin and Alan
Happy Birthday Jason ! I remember how much you loved springtime and all the beautiful flowers and the beautiful blue skies. I can still see your great big smile that we all miss so much.
Mom and Marsh
Heard from you today...sort of...I like to think! Caitlin and I were at David's bridal and she was having her alterations done.
The song "Heaven" came on! She noticed it first.I felt a thumbs up and a wink! I miss you and wish you could be here with us again but I feel your presence often!
We all love you and miss you Jas!
Blue Skies to our beautiful son who is missed so much.
Mom and Marsh
Happy Birthday Jason! We all love and miss you very much!
I think of you all the time and miss you! Happy Birthday Jason!
Happy Birthday Jason. Your family misses you so much. I'm finishing up
your paradise garden I know you would love it!
Mom and Marsh
January 26, 2013|
Every time the movie "Signs" is on tv, I think about you. I can remember sitting on the carpet in the "office" area of your apartment and watching it for the first time on your laptop. You and your bootleg copies of movies... I still love this movie, but seeing it makes me miss you so much. It definitely doesn't feel like over ten years have passed. I am so grateful for the memories of you Jason.
To our loving son who brought so much joy and laughter, we regrettably have to accept that 10 years have now accumulated since your passing. Although we continue to be spiritually connected, we miss the void of your presence on a daily basis. We recognize you are in good company and will continue to focus our efforts on the unbelievable memories you left behind.Dont sweat the small stuff still lingers in our thoughts and is hard sometimes to apply. You seemed to have mastered this art and we will continue to work on it.
Our sincerest love,
Marsh and Mom
We cannot thank you enough for your dedication in keeping the Madsky web page functional for 10 years now. Your continued support of providing the service and maintaining the postings have not gone unnoticed and Vicky and I cannot thank you enough for your efforts over the years. Jason certainly had a trusting and dedicated friend in you. From all of us who have posted and prospered from the web site, our sincerest thank yous are extended to you. Jason is truly proud of your efforts as well, I am sure.
Vicky and Marsh
Jas...I love coming here to see all of your pictures and read any new posts! I really chuckled when I read Mark's ...LOL! Seems like that trip was yesterday and it's been 10 years. I wonder what you would be doing today if you could be here with all of us... I'm sure great things! I love you and we all miss you very much. You left us with many happy memories and I cherish them.
Wish you were here. Matt and I had a great time together here in Wilmington. We shared many beers, and many great stories going back many years. We laughed histerically at the Clayton hit-and-walk incident at the beach house on Wrightsville beach. I think of you often and know you are present, and many tunes make me think of you and a few still make me cry and smile: Bittersweet Symphony, Wild Horses (especially the DM/MJ version), I Will Remember You, Where Are You Going.
Love you Jase, Uncle Mark
Happy Birthday Jason. We miss you as always.
Dad, Lorri, Tory and Roy
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday Dear Jason,
Happy Birthday to you!
Miss you, love you!
Aunt Christie, Uncle Bill and Caitlin,
Max and Christian
Happy Birthday Jason we miss you so
very much.Love,Mom and Marsh.
Jason, I was overcome with emotion today with your sign. My family had just sat down to eat lunch after burying my grandma's ashes, when "Bittersweet Symphony" began playing in the restaurant. Your timing was impecible. I know I was crying, but it was such a sweet and touching moment too. I'm happy you and Grandma Flo Jo got to meet each other today. Miss you so much!
We miss you so much Jason. You are always in our thoughts and hearts
Love, Dad, Lorri, Tory and Roy
Miss you, love you!
Jason, I heard two of your favorite songs the other day and it made me smile I was thinking back to the times we would fight over which CSN song we were going to sing to and who would sing the most off key! We miss you terribly but are so lucky to have such wonderful memories.
Love, Mom and Marsh
Happy Birthday Jason. We miss you and love you!
Happy Birthday Jason. Missing you more than ever. Fond memories of your life are still vivid in our thoughts. You are sorely missed each and every day and as time goes on we still struggle with your loss.
Mom and Marsh
We miss you so much jason. Tory and roy seem to feel your loss more now that they are young adults themselves, but there is no doubt you are with us and watching over all the happenings! we love you!
Dad, Lorri, Tory & Roy
We miss you and love you Jas! Caitlin and I were looking at old pictures the other day and we have such wonderful memories with you!
Aunt Christie, Uncle Bill, Caitlin,Max and Christian
Jason - We miss you always. There is not a day that goes by that you are not in our thoughts. We cherish our memories together. I ran across this quote and it says it all:
If tears could be a stairway
and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to Heaven
and bring you home again.
Mom and Marsh
Happy Birthday Jason!
We miss you and love you!
There is so much we wish we could share with you but I have a feeling you already know!
Aunt Christie, Uncle Bill, Caitlin, Max and Christian
Happy birthday Jason. We miss you so much. I can still hear you laughing when you were little whenever anyone asked you when your birthday was you'd smile that big smile and say April 30th in the spring. You always had to add spring!I I can still see you smelling all the flowers that you loved.We will be swimming with your dolphin friends this summer and remembering how you loved the beach.Always missing you Jason.
Love Mom and Marsh
This week I was teaching a lesson on subjects and predicates, so I had my class play a match-up game that I created many years ago. Every time I think about the day I made the game, I have to smile as I think of Jason tricking me.
He came upstairs to my apartment and was waiting for me on my couch. I was in my bedroom finishing up the cards for the game. After a few minutes he asked me what I was doing. I told him I had to finish the game for the following day. He then said, "If I'd known you were going to be busy I wouldn't have bothered to come up." Following his bratty lead I replied, "Then go." Moments later I heard my front door open and close. I distinctly remember rolling off my bed and saying out loud, "I KNOW you didn't just leave" but already knowing that he probably did leave just to be a brat. As soon as I got to the front door, Jason jumped out from behind my kitchen counter to scare me. I laughed so hard.
I have the biggest smile on my face just typing this and remembering when it happened. Oh how that boy could make me laugh. Seven years passing hasn't managed to erase the memory of my wonderful month with Jason.
I miss you so much!
Missing you, Jason.
I was just laughing to myself, thinking of the time you buried me in a giant sand ditch at Wrightsville about ten years ago... I miss those days. Always thinking of you
We miss you so much Jason. Words can not express.
Lorri, Dad, Tory and Roy
I miss you. I miss you. I miss you.
I miss your smile ... but I smile all the time when I think of you!
Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Jason, Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to our beautiful Jason you are missed so very much.
All our love,
Mom and Marsh
Happy Birthday Jason!
We love you and miss you!
I wish you could have seen your tree
this year..it was beautiful!
Love Aunt Christie, Uncle Bill, Caitlin,
Max and Christian
I miss you and love you Jason!
We miss you so Jason. It is sad to think how much you would be enjoying Tory and Roy. We go to Dave every summer and bring the tye-dye shirt from skydive Dallas, knowing you are there with us! Roy plays Dave on the guitar like Dave!!! You would love it!!! Your are always on our minds and wish so much you were with us, especially when we're having our family adventures! I know you are happy where ever you are and watching on us, but we miss you so.
Dad, Lorri, Tory and Roy
Ah, sweet Jason. Today is the 6 year anniversary of our first date and you made me smile when I heard "Bittersweet Symphony" playing on the radio this evening. I don't care if anyone thinks I'm crazy, I refuse to believe that it's just a coincidence. Thanks for showing you're thinking of me too.
Happy 30th birthday Jason!
We love and miss you!
Aunt Christie, Uncle Bill
Caitlin, Max and Christian
I miss you and love you Jason!!
My sweet Jason it's so very hard to believe it will be 5 yrs. without you. I am truly the luckiest mom ever to have 2 beautiful boys like you and Matt.I think often of your last trip home and how lucky we were to see you one more time and how you just had to jump in Phoenix.I still can see your big smile that I miss so much and even though our time was short I'm so grateful for the time I had to be your mom.
Always missing you Jas,
Well five years ago tonight was my first date with Jason which ended up being an evening talking on my balcony into the wee hours of the night. This is always the hardest time, July 24-August 24, because we saw each other everyday during that time. It still amazes me to think about all the special moments we had in just 30 little days. As I was driving home tonight I started talking to him about that first evening and just remembering some of the things he said and did in the days that followed. Those conversations and moments haven't left my mind even after all this time. Anyway, with his usual perfect timing, as I turned on the car radio, I heard the beginning of "I Will Remember You" by Sarah McLachlan. He always knows how to make me feel like he's listening to me talk. My heart still aches, but my memories of him always bring a smile to my face.
Thinking of you Jason!
Happy Birthday Jason...you're Dogwood tree finally bloomed this year and it was beautiful..you were right!|
Love and Miss you..
I miss you and love you..|
Happy Birthday Jason...|
We miss and love you very much...each and every day.
Love Aunt Christie, Uncle Bill
Caitlin, Max and Christian
I can't believe it's been three years today. Since I figured many of
would be logging on today, I thought I'd post an entry to say hi to
of Jason's fans.
I know many of us have our own little signs that tell us Jason's still
hanging around. For me it's usually in the form of music. Recently I
woke up to hear "Ride Like the Wind" playing on the radio which really
blew me away- definitely not a commonly played song. After hearing a
little Carole King being played yesterday afternoon, I wasn't too
surprised to drive home and hear DMB "Where Are You Going" playing.
I won't even get into my magically closing classroom door. Let's just
each year my students get used to our "classroom angel" that can beat
the strongest of door stops. I can't bring myself to believe these
little things are just coincidences. I just hope that whatever
signs Jason sends your way continue to bring more smiles than tears as
think about him.
Take care everyone!
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday SWEET Jason
Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My story with this site started almost a year ago.I was searching for some more information about skydiving and happened to come across this site.
I've always passionate about skydiving since I could remember seeing people jumping of a plane and fly like a bird in the sky.I thought to myself "WOW they must be so happy to have a chance to explore this world from up there".Maybe the word "freedom" would be understood more when we can see as far as we want to,when we can ride the sky like a bird and when we are so far away from the busy world down there. It was so sad and happy to know about his life,his passion and to have known so many stories from people who came into his life.
Jason has been one of the greatest inspirations in my life as he lived his life to the fullest and dedicated all of it to be with something he loved to do.Anytime I feel bad or think that this life is not as good,I would turn on my computer to watch his video from the week before his accident to remind myself to go forward in life and always believe in myself just like he did to his life.The smile from his friends and the way he dives the sky always make me dream more and more of having a chance to be up there like he did.
I'd like to thank Jason,his family,his friends and everybody who have involved in establishing this website.My life has been changed because of Jason and I do believe that it will make a big difference on many people's lives in the future.Maybe Jason is much happier now that he can always "ride like the wind" with God in heaven.
It is hard to believe that two years have passed since your accident.
There is not a day that goes by that you are not in our thoughts and prayers.
It is true that our our lives are different today but we are beginning to
realize the life lessons you taught us - pursue your passions, be true
to yourself, and most importantly, don't sweat the small stuff. The latter
has been the most difficult, but we promise you, WE WILLl get this right as
this was your most defining character.
Each day of our lives we think about you with a smile on our face and a
tear in our eyes only wishing you were still with us. Do not think for one
moment that you are forgotten. Your spirit and gust for life will be etched in
our memories forever.
Mom, Marsh and Matt
Well Jason..another year has gone by and we wish we could have shared it with you. We talk and think about you all the time.
Miss you and love you.....Aunt Christie, Uncle Bill, Caitlin, Max and Christian
I don't know if somebody noticed, but there is a nice quote at the bottom of the page. It says:
Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,
for there you have been, there you long to return. -- Leonardo da Vinci
It helps me understand the fasination that Jason must have felt. I remember when he started Skydiving, he use to look up in the sky and said "Perfect weather today...", or if it was cloudy he was hitting weather.com to check for the weekend. We actually had a bet of who can stop smoking the longest. In case I started before him, he wanted a new skyjump suit.
I helped moving some servers a couple of months ago at Jason's old work (SSI) and ran across Jason's network share. I hope nobody minds me sharing these quotes that he had in a text file:
"Be certain that you do not takeold baggage into a new relationship or the old
heartache will return...only witha new name.
LOVE: IF IT'S TRUE IT WILL COME BACK IF IT DOES NOT IT WAS NEVER THERE
There are a lot of people in this world, and you can live with practically anyone, but the key is to find someone that you can't live without."
There are also two large skydive video files that I will try to compress and put on the website in the next couple of days
(note 12/12/03: The video files are the first jump already here posted as a smaller file and the first jump from Alex, a buddy of Jason. If you don't mind the large download (75mb Jasons_Jump.mov and 20mb Alex1.avi click on each file to view/download). If you want them burned on a CD, contact me and we arrange that as well.)
I hope that he is happy where he is. I miss him and I'll remember him.
I saw this quote and it reminded me of the campfire conversation that Eric mentioned. It seems to go along with what Jason said that day...
"It's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years."
We’re still missing you, my friend.
it looks like we are coming up on a year in a few days. Just
want you to know that we are thinking of you all as we share
our precious memories of Jason. He will constantly be remembered
Every day we send you our love.
Always~ Mike, Tammie & the boys
you continue to amaze us..on
Wednesday July 9th Marshall, Dave,
and I attended an award service ..the Jason Fitzsimmons Spirit
UICI has designated an annual award to commemorate you and
your professional and personal goals in life...WE ARE SO PROUD
YOU!!!!!!!!!!! Chet gave
this speech (Jason's boss):
"Jason Fitzsimmons came to the Insurance
March of 2002. He moved here from Houston where he had worked
administrator and quickly became an intergral part of the
family. He was
only 24 but had accomplished several of his professional
life. He had told his family that he wanted to work in IT
accomplished that goal.
For those who worked with Jason, you know what a free spirit
had a very easy-going, laid back personality and was the
type of person
always knew where he was coming from. He wasn't afraid to
let you know
that was, especially first thing in the morning before he
had has his
loved his family and hanging out with his friends. While
Jason was a
team member to have and was here with us during late night
implementations, it was his zest life that has left a lasting
Jason's skydiving friends said Jason was "living the
many people talk about doing things but Jason did them, There
who participate in the sport of skydiving that only jump
now and then,
who only skydive but do not excel in their professional career
work to jump. These are the people they consider "living
tend to be successful professionally and in their passion
for skydiving. This
Jason's enthusiasim for his sport and the things he wanted
to accomplish in
life were inspiring. He was even able to get a couple of
out of a perfectly good plane, an experience neither will
The Jason Fitzsimmons Spirit Award has been created to recognize
we work with that not only excel at work but also inspire
us with the
they accomplish outside of the office. It is a fitting memorial
who, at such a young age, accomplished so much"
The statue, that was part of the award , was a beautiful
wings spread far apart. It was so befitting of the free
We are all missing you so much Jason and as we travel back
beach this weekend your family will be celebrating you
and continue to
be the kind of person you were and that we loved so much.
moved my family to Texas for a job at Solid Systems where I
met and got to sometimes work with Jason -- so I was surely
shocked to learn of his demise. You see, I have a son who was
exactly the same age as Jason -- so it hit home with me very
quickly. My sincere condolences to Jason's family and friends.
He was a unique person who very obviously had quite a bright
I came across this quote today...
"They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire lifetime to forget them."
Still missing you so much, Jason
I am not sure who this email will go to, but I was searching for the clothing line "mad sky" for an outifit for my toddler when I stumbled across your website.
I couldn't stop reading. What a truly wonderful tribute. You all are a wonderful group of friends anyone could have.
And if I go,
While you’re still here ……
Know that I live on,
Vibrating to a different
behind a thin veil
you cannot see through.
You will not see me,
So you must have faith.
I wait for the time when we
Can soar together again,
-both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to the fullest.
And when you need me,
Just whisper my name in
…I will be there
Colleen Corah Hitchcock
We miss you so much Jason
Dad, Lorri, Tory and Roy
a day goes by that I don't have a smile on my face and a tear
in my eye when I think of you Jason. I 'm trying really hard
to live up to your legacy but quite honestly I fall short. You
are the best and I am so thankful that you were in my childrens
lives as long as you were. They talk about you all the time
and I promise you "we won't sweat the small stuff"
(this is a hard one). Some of your belongings grace our home
and I think you would get a chuckle out of what Uncle Bill chose
to save......... I love you and miss you. Give Grumps a big
hug & kiss from us !
love Aunt Christie
I look at my calendar, I can’t believe how quickly time
has passed since the accident. It’s so hard to process
the fact that Jason and I had grown so close and had so many
good times together, yet had only been together for one month.
I can’t do anything without having a memory of Jason
popping up. He made me laugh so much, that it’s impossible
not to have a smile on my face whenever I’m thinking
Shortly after we began seeing each other, there was a time
when we were getting into a battle over something and he finally
just said, “Oh pipe down.” I started laughing
so hard, because I’d never heard anyone use that phrase
before. After he saw how much I enjoyed it, he would constantly
say it, and it always got me laughing. On the days that I
just don’t know how I’ll get through this, I just
imagine Jason telling me to “Pipe down” (or quoting
his little cousin, Jackson) and it helps me to stop crying.
Jason and I seemed to spend a lot of time listening to music.
Every time I think of him singing along to “Rocky Raccoon”
I have to start laughing. Even though he was driving while
he was singing, he still managed to stomp his foot and play
air harmonica along with the song. It was hilarious. We had
a lot of the same taste in music—except for country,
which he despised. One day he told me that he was flipping
through the stations and heard the absolute worst country
song in his life. He told me he was tempted to call me up
right at the moment, so I could hear the song. He swore that
if I had heard that terrible song, I would have been forever
turned off by country music (Nice try, Jason. It’ll
When we weren’t listening to Dave Matthews or his friend
Dave’s band, Polariss, he would play Carole King, the
Beatles, and old, old Genesis for me constantly. One day he
told me that he had the perfect song for me to hear. It was
an old Genesis song that talked about Juliet living upstairs,
and Romeo downstairs in his basement flat. He was laughing
at how fitting that song was for us. (for those of you that
don’t know, Jason’s apartment is downstairs from
Every time I look at his balcony, I can just picture him
standing there when he first returned from North Carolina.
He looked so tan and he had that great smile. I told my friends
that I could never complain about his smoking, because if
it wasn’t for his numerous trips out to his balcony
who knows how long it would have taken before we would have
I can’t believe how many different things we’ve
discussed. That’s why it’s so hard for me to comprehend
the fact that we were only together for one month. How does
someone become such a huge part of your life in such a short
time? It just makes me realize how special my relationship
was with him. While the length of our time together was very
short, the memories we shared together seem to be immeasurable.
Every time I think of that adorable dimple and how he used
it to charm his way out of situations, I have to smile. Anytime
he’d make an obnoxious comment, he’d just say,
“Hey Cheri,” and continue to point at his dimple
until I started to laugh.
Besides cracking me up all the time, Jason would also do
the sweetest things for me. Sometimes it would just amaze
me to see him switch from his obnoxious behavior into this
totally considerate guy. Anyone that can sit and listen to
a million stories about my students has got to be pretty great.
When he wanted to take me to dinner after my first day of
school, I warned him that the entire conversation would probably
revolve around my experiences with my new class, and he was
totally fine with that saying that he loved to hear me talk
Jason was so excited when he got his new skydiving helmet.
He came upstairs and was modeling it for me right away. He
even wore it while he took a smoke break on my balcony. We
would joke about whether or not it was going to be hard for
him to get used to wearing the camera on his helmet too, and
joked that he was going to start walking around with his head
tilted to the left from the weight. After that first weekend
of filming, he was the happiest guy in the world. As soon
as he got home that Sunday night, he had me come downstairs
so I could watch the footage from all 18 jumps he’d
done that weekend. Then he managed to spend every single evening
of the following week editing that film. I swear I watched
a million versions of the video
that’s on the website now. He’d be downstairs
editing, while I was upstairs grading, until he got hungry
and would come up to steal my food. He was so excited once
he finally decided on the music for the film too. Being the
picky person that he was, he was bothered by the fact that
the music ends just a moment before his video ends. As he
left for skydiving that last weekend, I said to him, “Well,
let me guess what you’re going to be doing all next
week?” “What’s that?” “Editing
your footage from this weekend.” “Yep, it’s
going to be a new cycle- shoot footage all weekend, and edit
the following week.”
Everything was so comfortable about our relationship. Hanging
out on the balcony was one of my favorite things. We’d
sit there and talk about how much we enjoyed our lives, how
much we loved our jobs and share tons of stories about our
families and friends. We loved to watch storms come and go
too. The two of us would also complain that we never saw other
neighbors just sitting out on their balconies like us, enjoying
the evening. I’d set up our “ghetto ottomans”
(two cardboard boxes) and we’d sit back and relax. He’d
talk about how he wanted to get a pilot’s license, take
scuba diving lessons, buy a trailer to keep at the drop zone,
and get an SUV to tow it.
Having met Jason really is one of the best things that has
ever happened to me. I still feel like he’s with me
all the time. It hurts so much to know he’s gone. I
still have so much trouble accepting the fact that this is
forever. When you’re so used to seeing someone every
single day, it leaves such an empty feeling inside to know
they aren’t coming back.
I really believe that Jason and I moved into the same apartment
building for a reason. I think we were meant to meet and share
such great times together. I really do feel so lucky to think
that God chose me to be his girlfriend. Jason I will never,
ever forget you. I feel blessed to know that I have two guardian
angels to watch over me now. Jason, Grandma Katie is used
to helping me out in life and I think she played a large part
in bringing us together in the first place. I’m so extremely
grateful for that.
I miss you so much!
a few short words...
I never met Jason , we were friends of Brad we went to Whistler
in march 2002 and met Brad there. Brad would say how much
he loved skydiving and Iam sure you ( Jason) was a big part
of all his enjoyment in skydiving. To all Jason's family and
friends our deepest sympathies go out to you all.
Tony , Helen from the uk.
Jason's brother Matt likes to share this link. Pictures from
Jasons memorial service at the dropzone.
those of you that read my posting, you know that I will be putting
together a tribute video to Jason's life. Jason's family has
collected some pictures and other items to be included in the
video. I would like to include additional material from his
friends. Perhaps those of you that new him best may have some
pictures or video of your own. Please look around your homes
to see if you have anything related to Jason's life that should
be included in the tribute: Pictures of Jason, his office, his
hangouts, the jump sites, his apartments, ANYTHING. . .. Please
call me at 425-444-0507 to discuss. Thank you.
actually came upon your website by mistake and enjoyed reading
about Jason. Although I've never met him, I feel like I know
him now. Jason was blessed to have such good friends and loving
family in his life. What a touching tribute!
I learned from Jason Fitzsimmons by Cristi Carrington.......
I did not know Jason as well as some who have posted their thoughts
on him, but he certaintly had a great impact on my life. It
has been said that with each person we know and come into contact
with, we make an impression and leave them having touched them
in some way. I met Jason almost three years ago through a good
friend of his, Eric Arthur. I had heard a considerable amount
about him, and he and Eric's hysterical escapades.
As I got to know him and some of their other close friends,
there was sort of a saying among them; "Oh, that is just
Jason." I didn't understand what they meant. Sometimes
I would get strange vibes from him and I didn't understand what
was going on with him. Jason was not like other people I had
met. It took me a year or so to figure it out what his friends
meant by that saying. Most often times when you meet people,
they put on acts in order to get people to like them, notice
them, or get their attention because of their insecurities.
People will act one way when they feel another. Not Jason. If
he didn't like something, he would let you know. If he wasn't
having a good time or if he was having a great time, he let
you know. He was an honest and genuine person. If you asked
him a question, he would tell you the truth. I always knew where
I stood with him and that he was always true to himself and
those in his life.
Things said in other postings thus far are definitely true.
. .he was a great person, who always tried to be your friend,
and really new how to appreciate life. I think everyone can
say that about him and mean it. But what Jason taught me most
is to be a better person. He taught me that you don't have to
go through life putting on facades to be a successful individual.
To be able to go through life like he did being a honest person
is truly a magnificent feat.
Fitzsimmons was one of my very best friends in the world. He
was like a brother to me. We met at high school in The Woodlands,
TX in 1993. At that time, I had just moved south from upstate
NY. I knew very few people. Building a friendship with Jason
during that time made my experience in a new town much easier.
Over the course of 9 years we developed a friendship that I'll
When we met, the two of us had not yet taken much advantage
of what life had to offer. I've thought a great deal about
the loss of my friend. I think about all adventures we shared,
the lessons we learned together, and the plans we made for
the future. I have never had someone close to me die. When
I heard the news, I thought. . . .no, it can't be. . .not
to Jason. . .not to one of us. How could it be? We still have
too many things to do.. . he can't go yet. It's very difficult
for me to come to terms with this realization. . .I'm not
sure that I ever will. Thinking about this tragedy has kept
me up nights, wondering. . .why?. . . what's the reason for
this? why does this make sense? I run through it over and
over and I always come back to a piece of reasoning that helps
me fall asleep: Jason loved life. He loved his existence.
I can remember a time when a small group of us were camping
in Conroe, TX. Four young men were talking around the campfire.
.. about girls, parties, college plans, trips we'd take; at
one point someone looked up at the stars and asked one of
the age old questions. . ."how did we all get here?".
The debate went on for what seemed like hours as it has for
centuries. In the middle of the arguing, Jason made the point
this it doesn't matter how we all got here. . .what matters
is how we are going to use the time that we have. Knowing
what I know now, knowing that his time was cut shorter than
most, part of me feels very sad. But the other part of me
feels happy. . . thinking about the fact that Jason made the
most of the time he had. He did more in his short life than
most do in full lifetimes. He was an adventurer and traveler.
. . .a sportsman. . he appreciated the simple things in life,
as well as the complicated. He focused on those things that
were most important to him. His family, his friends, his happiness,
his career. So many spend the better part of their life trying
to find their place in this world, and so many fail. Jason
knew exactly what made him happy and why it made him happy.
I believe that at the time of his death, he was the happiest
he'd ever been. He had a great job, a wonderful girlfriend,
family that loved him, many close friends. . ..and he participated
in exciting hobbies that complimented his personality. I'm
able to get back to sleep because I know that Jason practiced
exactly what he preached at that campsite that night. He sought
life in a manner we can all learn from.
I'd like to share with everyone some of the experiences that
Jason and I had together, experiences that reflect his passion
for life and his goodhearted nature. We stayed out of trouble
for the first year or so. Jason worked at Burger King for
that year. Andrew and I would be over there every single day
bothering Jason. He was such a good guy. . . .he would get
us free food every time we went in. I had free lunch, and
sometimes dinner, for the whole year. Most of the time I didn't
even ask. We'd sit down, and Jason would come over with a
tray of food. In addition. . .there was a very cute girl that
worked with him. He put in a good word for me and she and
I ended up together for a while. I refer to those time as
the Burger King days. Jason provided me free food and a great
girlfriend. . . .what a combo!!!
The following year I became a senior, he was a junior. This
is when we started to cause a little trouble. Beer came into
the scenario and things were never the same. There was that
time that we were going to drive downtown to see the Pink
Floyd laser light show. We got down there and realized that
we had missed the show. Not wanting to waste an evening, we
tried to think of what we could do at that hour. . .11pm.
Not much for underage guys to do.. . .we decided, without
giving it much thought. . ."why not just keep driving
south".. . .so we drove all the way to the Galveston
that night. In retrospect it was pretty dumb. . . a two hour
drive in the middle of the night, to a place we new nothing
about, after already having a few drinks. We sat out there,
on the peer, had a few beers, and stared at the ocean for
a while. It was so nice out there, so much fun. We didn't
get home till the sun came out. What a blast!
Marsh and Vicki were always so cool. They gave Jason a lot
of leeway. .. .even though they knew he was going to be hanging
out with me. I think that the leeway was part of what helped
J develop such a love for life. I too had a lot of leeway
with my parents. With more freedom, we were able to get out
and do more. True. . ..we made more mistakes, and got in more
trouble than we would have otherwise. . ..but sometimes you
learn more after making the mistake, than from just getting
the parental lesson. . .and it's the experiences we were able
to take part in, because of the leeway, that made us who we
There was the time that some other friends dragged Jason
and I to a dance club. We were still just under 21 and could
not get beer at the bar. We decided to sneak in a few Heinekens.
We were having such a good time. . .I was actually convinced
to get out on the dance floor. Jason was happy were he was
and offered to stay and hang on to my beer. What we didn't
know was that the dance club did not serve Heineken. One of
the security guards noticed Jason with the two bottles. It's
pretty tough to argue your way out of that one when the bar
doesn't offer that kind of beer. Marsh had to come all the
way out and pick up J. Security knew that there had to be
another guy since J had two beers in his hand. He never turned
me in though. He actually gave me a nod to get the heck out
of the bar before they took him into the office.. . . .what
great guy he was. . ..
Once we hit 21, things just got crazier. We had many late
nights and took many road trips. I ended up going to college
in Austin, while J went to Tech. I would spend summers up
in New York at my parents lake house. One summer we were throwing
a big 4th of July party. We had a band set up on the cliffs,
a big bonfire, outdoor bar. .. the works. As soon as J got
wind of the event, he bought a plane ticket and flew up from
TX. He didn't want to miss something like that with his buddy,
and he had never been in that area before. He couldn't possibly
pass on an opportunity like that considering his love of life.
We ended up having one of the best nights ever. I've actually
got some video of the night that will be on the tribute tape
I am putting together. (for those interested, we are designing
a video tape that will include pictures and video clips of
Jason's life. If anyone would like a copy, please contact
me). After the party, I was supposed to drive back to TX alone,
as my summer job was beginning. J decided to drive back with
me, rather than fly back. We had a great time just heading
back on the road. . .that in itself was worth him flying up
.I've got a million more stories to tell about this guy,
so if anyone wants to talk sometime, please give me a call.
Jason will be sorely missed by all that new him. I feel fortunate
to have been able to spend all the time I had with him. He
would always comment about the influence I had on him. . .on
the things that I taught him. . ..the good and the bad. .
.but I think I learned twice as much from him than he ever
did from me. Because of him I will always give the extra effort
to make the most of my time. . .to appreciate life. . .and
to concentrate on doing those things that I know make me happy.
As J showed us, it doesn't matter how we got here so much
as, what we do now that we are here. Goodbye J, we loved you
and we'll miss you. ACE
was so fortunate to receive this
poem in the mail today. Jason sent this to some of his friends
to explain why he loved skydiving. I will cherish this because
I so get it Jas.
Over the past three years having your family as my neighbors
and an opportunity to meet and spend time with you is the best
gift I could ever dream of. I will forever cherish the memories
and the good times we have had. You will always be in my heart.
As for Vicky, Marsh and Matt, please don't worry about them
- I will do my best to care for them and love them as much as
you do. You are truly a special and incredible human being -
There will never be a day that I don't think of you and what
an awesome person you are. I don't think I ever told you thank
you for helping me trim my Christmas tree, you have no idea
how special that evening was to me. Thank you
Till we meet again,
p.s. Always remember the hug I gave you when you were visiting
in June and replay it in your mind as often as you like - I
do it about 20 times each day
I was thinking about you today and I had to chuckle. After
living next door to you for so many years, I am blessed with
many fond memories.
I think of many times walking through the gate between our
houses and seeing your long legs hanging out from under your
car. 'Hey, Jason' - 'Hi, Miss Tam.' And I would walk by like
you belonged under there.
Remember when you would come up the drive way and Matt's
bike would be in your way and you would hang his bike up in
The coonskin hat party? The Cutco Knife presentation? You
and Sparky swimming out to see the dolphins?
And the day you came over with one of your first skydive
videos. I've really never seen such JOY! I just had to have
some of that!! Thanks for sharing that joy with me!
The memories are many, but today I laugh when I think of
the faces of all those angels as you flew into heaven (upside
down, no doubt! Saying~Yeah, Baby!) I think of the joy you
are sharing there, as you are probably teaching them how to
do tricks in flight, how to pack their own wings,or perhaps
organizing some sort of ring jump!!
I will always miss you, Jason, but with a smile. You were
not just my neighbor. You were my friend ! I celebrate your
life and the wonderful and loving way you lived it.
PS: Spunks sends his love.
met Jason only on a few occasions at his Dad & Step-Mother's
house in Ct. His Step-Mom, Lorri and I are best friends. But,
I've heard so many Jason stories I feel like I've known him
a long time! At Christmas time last year, while he was visiting,
I got to spend a few days with Jason and found that he was everything
and more that I had heard about him! He was intelligent, funny,
and caring not to mention very handsome. My "favorite part"
of these days were watching him and his Dad laughing and joking
with one another. Boy, what a couple of teasers!!!! They never
missed a beat! It's been a very painful time for anyone who
was fortunate enough to know Jason. He certainly made quite
an impression on me! God has a greater plan for Jason. Someday
we'll all find out what it is. But for now, my thoughts and
prayers are with you Jason, and your family and friends.
touched my life without realizing it. I am recalling countless
occasions where Jason went out of his way to help without ever
seeming burdened—setting up cubical walls, finding me
a decent chair, showing me how to play my Dave Matthews CD when
I first had a CD Rom, the endless PC support… I’ve
been out of touch with Jason since our days at TETRA. Ironically,
I’ve carried his business card with me anyway, knowing
I could call him if ever I had a need. Knowing his life was
cut short of so many fulfilling experiences yet to come breaks
my heart. His warm nature was remarkable. He was also wise and
funny, never condescending, and had an easy-going nature that
Recently I dreamt of a visit with a friend who had overcome
a precarious situation. Surrounded by his loved ones, the
young man was in the highest of spirits and explained that
he was wonderful, even better than he ever had been. The dream
alarmed me, as I recalled another hopeful dream I had within
hours of losing a loved one. Now I’ve learned we have
lost Jason. I adored him and miss him. It’s comforting
to imagine the young man in my dream could be Jason, calmly
explaining that he is divine.
jumped with Jason probably not more than 3 or 4 times. I'd seen
him down in Houston once, and then all of a sudden here he was
at Skydive Dallas! Brad, Scott Davidson & myself were beginning
to be pretty regular free flyers, and as circles have it, Jason
was making his way in pretty quick. I regret having not the
opportunity to get to know Jason better, because there was a
spark in his eye that said it all. I had the privilege of accompanying
him on his last skydive with his family, at his memorial. It
is ironic in life that things should work out in the reverse!
What I mean is that, to know Jason's family is to know Jason!
Marshall, Vicky, Dave, Laura, & ALL of the others that were
at Lonnigans that day after the service...there are no words
that can express my feelings in having the opportunity of knowing
you. That "get together" was not about the loss of
someone great, but a celebration of someone & how they lived
their life fully! And it is synergistic to family. In knowing
and speaking with all of you, it makes me realize that I have
missed out an opportunity of knowing someone who was truly wonderful!
But he lives through you all affecting you the way he was beginning
to affect us all at Skydive Dallas!
My heart and thoughts are with you all!
Speech given by Christine:
I went on the internet last night looking for a skydiver’s
prayer. The one I found I shouldn’t repeat in front
of children. I did find a list of “you know you’re
a skydiver when” statements and a few reminded me of
Jason. You know you’re a skydiver when
- On a cloudy and windy day you go to the drop zone anyway
and bitch about the weather.
- You walk everywhere watching the sky.
- When you buy anything you equate it to how many skydives
it will cost.
- Buying a house seems like a terrible waste of jump money.
Anyone who knew Jason knew his passion for skydiving, his
interest in computers and how much he loved his family and
friends. He always tried to get his friends to experience
the thrill and joy he felt skydiving...(more)
came across this and thought of sending it to my daughter
for her birthday. After reading it, i feel it may be helpful
for all who love and miss Jason.
"Have you ever felt that inner tug or a silent voice
of caution or an invisible hand leading you down some path?
It just might be your Angel making sure everything is okay.
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear all of your
Angel's love around you soft and clear."
am one of the countless people in this world who considers himself
Brad’s closest friend. Having said that, I am sad to say
that I never had the privilege to meet one of his other close
friends: Jason. But I can say without a doubt that he must have
been a person much like Brad. I’ve started hearing more
and more stories about Jason from Rick and some of his other
skydiving friends. And I can tell that he was so very loved
by his family and friends. I feel even more for all of his skydiving
friends because they lost not one, but two people who were each
at the top of their game. Like Brad, Jason has left a void that
must be filled – hopefully with happiness. And certainly
with the memories of a young man who poured his heart and soul
into everything he did. The nice words written by Jason’s
aunt on Brad’s web site really brought everything into
perspective for me. When she said that he gave 110% during the
week just so that he could realize and fulfill his true passion
whenever the weekend would roll around, she was referring to
Jason. But I can honestly say the exact same thing of Brad.
It fills my heart with complete joy knowing that Jason and Brad
were together in their last moments, doing what they both loved
doing more than anything on earth – while floating above
I first met Jason while working at TETRA Technologies Inc.
He came to work for the MIS department after attending classes
at Texas Tech. He had always told me that he was interested
in computers and technology. When he first came to work for
the computer department, he had an insatiable appetite for
knowledge. He calmly handled everything that faced him, nothing
ever made him uneasy professionally. There were times we in
the department had troubles here and there, but Jason didn’t
let this bother him, he steadily worked through it and found
a solution. He always cordially dealt with every person that
had problems, no matter how irate, and fixed them. What made
“Fitz” stand apart from the rest was his desire
to get things done, but with regard to what the end result
was. This puzzled me, everyone in our field seems to fixate
on just making money and getting the least amount of hassle.
Not Fitz, he enjoyed and excelled with the problems he faced.
This is when I realized what caliber of a man he was.
As a friend, he was top shelf. We would go to Molly’s
and let off steam after work, and shop talk most of the time.
He was always about having a good time. Never a prejudice,
or angry bone in his body. He welcomed everyone into his company
The last I heard from Jason is when he worked at Solid Systems,
my business partner said his main passion was skydiving. I
muttered to myself, "that crazy fitz". By that time
Jason had moved to Dallas. Some time went by and I had always
thought of Fitz here and there.
I am still trying to be like you Fitz, you were a first
rate friend, data man, and someone who wasn't afraid to take
When I see you next, the Chimay's are on me.
I cannot express to you my respect, love, and admiration
for you. When you first came to meet us in Connecticut, I
could not believe how you melded so easily into our family.
You handled what could have been an awkward situation with
such ease and confidence. As your Dad always said about you,
"he just dazzled me". I've learned over the years
not to care much about what other people thought of me, but
I did care what you thought. You were so mature beyond your
years, and incredibly special. Although our time as a family
was not too long, I am so proud to call you my stepson. I
wish that Tory and Roy could have had you in their lives longer.
I learned so much from you in the short time we had. There
will always be a hole that will never be filled, until we
Jason and Brad,
I can't begin to describe what it was like making friends
with you at the DZ and spending countless hours jumping together.
It takes time to make bonds beyond the sit-fly campfires,
tube exits, and lawn darts. As much as I enjoy skydiving,
I enjoyed being with you guys even more. You made skydiving
fun. You pushed me to be a better skydiver; you encouraged
me even when we busted the dive-flow; and you never had a
harsh word to say.
Your maturity in the sport was well beyond the number of
jumps you had, and I trusted you on *every* single exit from
the plane. We couldn't have progressed as fast as we did without
the trust and confidence in each other. I value that more
than any difficult dock or perfect swoop landing. In writing
this, it dawns on me what skydiving is about. It's about the
people you meet and put your trust in. It's about the friendships
you build and develop not only in the sky but, more importantly,
on the ground. It's about the brotherhood of sharing a passion.
That's skydiving... that's you guys.
I feel robbed that our time together was cut short, but the
opportunity to be your friend and skydiving partner will last
a lifetime. Thanks for the time we shared together. It was
the best time of my life.
Blue skies forever,
knew Jason from his work at TETRA. He was a very dedicated employee
and always did an excellent job. His winning smile and sense
of humor will be missed. My youngest son and Jason are the same
age and therefore I followed Jason's early career at TETRA with
interest. He matured in to a fine young man.
I know that words can not express the loss and sorrow that
you are feeling now. However, I do know that God will provide
special comfort and relief from unbearable sorrow and He is
gracious to all. My prayer is that you will experience that
I was blown away stepping into your life in Dallas. I've always
know what a great person you were, but to understand what you've
done outside of your life with your family gives me a whole
new respect for the person that you were. At home with our family
you were always so loving and caring. It was amazing to see
you with the little children. This past trip to Wilmington it
was so cool to hang-out with you not only as my nephew, Jas,
but as your own man.
In Dallas, it was so awesome to see your other families - your
family at work (and sounds like you had such a blast with them
outside of work), and your family at SkyDive Dallas and your
family at Cornerbrook. You accomplished so much and touched
so many lives deeply in your short life. I will always love
and respect the person you were. I miss you Jas, Uncle Mark.
Speech given by Uncle Mark:
I'm Jason's Uncle Mark from North Carolina. Vicky, Marshall
and Matt have asked me to say a few words on behalft. Frist,
thank you all for being here. If you take a look around, you'll
probably see some faces you've never seen before, people you
have not met. I hope you'll get a chance to talk to a few of
these people because if you do you'll quickly realize this is
Jason's family. Some people may look at what we're doing here
today and ask why would we have a ceremony at a drop zone. Those
of us who knew Jason well would not ask that question. Jason
had a passion for skydiving. A couple of days ago...(more)
all of Jason's family, friends, and acquaintances:
I never met Jason, but Brad Walk who died with Jason on that
fateful day was one of the best friends and roommates I ever
had. When I heard what had happened I was obviously devastated
about Brad, but I also felt horrible for Jason because while
Brad was 33 which is way too young to be taken from us, I
know that Jason was only 24. I had the good fortune ... (more)
our "Jase-B-Gase", you were such a wonderful person.
For eight years, I have known you, and have watched you grow
from a quiet, shy teen to a confident, self-assured young man
who had so much love to give. I watched you place everyone else's
needs before your own. I knew you had made a huge success for
yourself in your career, but had no idea to what extent until
now, hearing about how well loved and respected you were with
your colleagues. Your extended family loves you so much, and
we miss you more than words can express. Your cousin, Jackson,
still calls you "My Jason." Love you, Haskipepper.
recently saw a wonderful old Eskimo legend, it read " Perhaps
they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our
loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy"
Shine on Jason!
passing has given many sleepless hours at night asking why
this is happening. I am not use to the pain of loss in family
members. I have been fortunte in that respect till now. I
was angry that he is not here. Not with me, but here, with
the family. It was not his time. This was selfish of me. Me....
wanting what I thought should be mine..my friend. How could
God take him. Now I realize. Life is a gift of God. Freely
given to be used as we choose to live it.....free. He wishes
only that we acknowlege his love and honor Him in our deeds.
Jason..today....throught his life and presence among his many
friends...in ways I think even he did not realize...has fulfilled
his debt to our Lord for the gift of his life.....and surely
will abide for eternity among those who dare to live life
to it's fullest. I know that Jason would not want the pain
we are suffering to be our final memory. He would have us
soar with him..to eternity......please that I will someday
soar with him again. Dear Lord.
Uncle Bill &.Aunt Christie
Jason, What a small world it is, and what makes the journey
wonderful is building friendships with people like you along
the way. Even though our relationship as co-workers at Solid
Systems was only a brief summer, our bond as friends and my
admiration for you will live on forever. What a blessing to
have known you, and to know the many I have met and hold dear
through your memory. Godspeed through the bluest skies my friend.
met Jason when he was just a toddler. I have fond memories of
visiting the Evans house and bouncing him on my knee in the
den. Its been a priviledge to watch him grow up to become such
a great human being. He's my nephew, but more importantly, he's
been a great friend. We're all so fortunate to have been able
to spend a week in July vacationing with Jason at Wrightsville
Beach, NC. He'll be with us forever.
- Brad Gleason
only knew Jason for a few months while we both were at Downstream
Energy. He was always fun to be around and I always knew that
I could depend on him. Also, he could always find a way of
making me laugh when there wasn't much to laugh about. He
was a great person and a he will be missed. My thoughts and
prayers go out to his family and friends.
was a close friend of mine at TETRA. We spent time together
at work on smoke breaks and after work having a beer. He loved
life, friends and he was always there to help even when he really
did not have the time. The first time that we met we had gone
to lunch with a mutual friend and shared a Bianca pizza at the
little Italian restaurant and from that moment one we were friends
for life. I know that if I had ever needed anything Jason would
always be there for me... He was honest, loving, respectful
and caring. I cant even put into words how much he will be missed.
Just know that he is in a better place and like Lynette said,
God was short an angel".
Staci Smith 281-364-2212
can I not say about Jason? He was wonderful. I remember the
first day we met and the last time we spoke. I have thought
about him many of times over the last year and a half. Jason
gave my daughter his cat, Molly. My daughter still reminds me,
"Jason gave Molly to me." I am not sure I ever said
Thank You. He cared about others and loved his family. We will
all miss him. It does not matter if we spoke yesterday or a
year ago, he was a true friend. I will never forget his sincerity.
He didn't have to try, it was genuine and from the heart.
You will be missed......
Love, Alisha & Madison
are no words to express how sad I felt to hear that Jason was
taken from us so young. He was a great person and I was lucky
to know him. He was always there to help solve my computer problems.
He was very good at it. We had fun on the company bowling league.
He will truly be missed. He is part of God's big plan......as
we all hopefully will be one day.
To Jason's family, you can be proud of the man he was becoming.
You raised him well and he was a respected co-worker and friend.
I miss him.
TETRA Technologies, Inc.
was like an angel - a sweet baby face attached to a big hard-working
body. He would move huge pieces of furniture by himself without
any regard to what it might do to his back. Jason was so good-natured
- always smiling and willing to help whenever possible. He
grew up in our company from a high school student to a nice,
handsome young man. He was well liked by everyone and had
no known enemies. He will always be fondly remembered by those
of us who worked closely with him at TETRA.
TETRA Technologies, Inc.
was one of my first friends at my new job. His was the first
smile. I'll never forget him because of that. One always wonders
why the good ones go so early. I'm sure it's because God was
short an angel.
back on all the the time I spent with Jason - the smoke breaks,
the foosball, the happy hours, the network outages - I knew
him as a modest guy who just wanted to be happy and be with
friends. Knowing people and having relationships are one of
the few really important things in this world. That is why
my one regret is that I would like to have known him better.
God speed Jason, I will see you again someday.
I am missing Jason. He was a great guy and a loyal friend.
You don't meet somebody like him everyday. We worked together
at two places and use to break into each other network to
test it and to learn more. Jason was always there when you
needed him and a hell of a foozball player. I recall many
good times we share together. I will always remember Jason.