Kicking it for Jason

Jason Thompson's Battle with Cancer

Early in the morning of February 11, 2010, Jason passed away

Please post to Jason's Memorial Blog.
Rest in Peace, Jason

 You were a most genuine and truly kind human being .  All of us around, young and old, could feel it.  Thank you for blessing me with your presence in my life.  I carry the  memories of your smiling face and kind manner.  I will see you.  Love, Aunt Kathy

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1. Amy | February 11, 2010 at 10:24 PM EST

You were an inspiration to all of us and your spirit will live on in all of the youth you touched with your incredible devotion! We will miss you and I pray for God's grace be with your family as they celebrate your life. God bless you!

2. Jen Mellica | February 12, 2010 at 09:28 AM EST

Yesterday, one of the best people I've ever known has gone, but will never be forgotten for the amazing person he was. I hope Jason knew how much he meant to me and my family. Such a sweet, kind soul and he is dearly missed. Thanks for all of the good memories. We love you.

3. Christian | February 12, 2010 at 10:12 AM EST

For somone who was always so eager and excited to learn and help, it is you that has ended up teaching us some of the most valuable lessons about what we are capable of in our time here. Be kind, be generous, try something new and see where it takes you! These were all appproaches you took in your life, and it has been adopted by the many of us who were lucky enough to enjoy the pleasure of your friendship, and subtly, your leadership.

You have taught us all Jason, that the measure of our lives is not in how much we can amass, collect, or consume, but in how much we can give.

You gave so much, and you taught so much, that your sense of fulfillment must have made you richer than any person I know.

Thank you for the lessons and the blessing of your friendship. I am truly fortunate to know you and call you a friend.

Peace be with you. Your family must be so proud.



4. Lynne Rogers | February 12, 2010 at 11:00 AM EST

You were very strong Jason but now there is no more suffering. You will be missed by so many and have touched my life in a way I will never forget. May God comfort your family during this difficult time.

5. Sue Franz | February 12, 2010 at 11:16 AM EST

Hi Jason, I have been following your blog. You were an amazing person. I am very sad and sorry for your pain and suffering. Rest in peace. We will miss you!

6. Bill and Lynn Coeling | February 12, 2010 at 12:37 PM EST

The world has lost a beautiful human being. Words cannot express the sadness we feel for Kim, Jerry and Mel (our neighbors) We have monitored this website for many months feeling the hope and the pain with them. Jason is no longer bound to the limits and disease of this life but has gone on to Glory. May God bless you all as you go through this very sad time. Lynn and Bill Coeling

7. Uncle Bob and Aunt Lindi | February 12, 2010 at 03:53 PM EST

How we will miss you!

Your strength and courage through the last several months has reminded us all that our time together is precious. We have all been blessed and honored to have had you in our family.

God Bless You Jason

8. Paula | February 12, 2010 at 11:02 PM EST

Dear Irmao,

I'll miss your curious bright blue eyes and your kind smile.

I will always remember your braveness and your positive attitude, and hope they have rubbed off on me.

I know you are up there watching after us and that gives me a little comfort in the midst of the sadness.

I have a feeling you already know everything I would like to say...

Your friend and \"big sister\" always,


9. Jack Barry | February 13, 2010 at 03:21 PM EST

God Bless You Jason.

You were a great sweet man and let your spirits be free.

You had a good life and all of us loved you,admired you,and thought of you as an angel.

R.I.P. Rest In Peace Jason...

10. Kim Hunter | February 14, 2010 at 04:39 PM EST

Dear Kim,

I am so sorry for your loss...Jason has a beautiful soul and is in no pain now, he is in a better place. I am praying for you and your families comfort.


Kim Hunter

11. Jacob Hoekstra | February 15, 2010 at 08:58 PM EST

Thank you for being a great friend to my brother, and a good friend to me. I have always looked up to you, and I look forward to the day we will see each other again! It's going to be awsome!

12. Brian Duey | February 17, 2010 at 01:19 AM EST

Rest in peace Jason. I will never forget all the good times we shared. I'm honored to have had you in my life.

13. Rick DeVault | February 17, 2010 at 11:33 AM EST

J...I remember wifebeaters and upside down visors. Rolling in the cavalier with the speakers blaring up and down the strip in Grand Haven. Gold Bond and Goldeneye in your mom's basement after school. Gulf shores spring break and when we crashed the Beretta. Most of all, you were always the best and brightest out of all of us brother. Rest with God until we all join you some day.

14. Alice Pauls | February 17, 2010 at 11:44 AM EST

We will miss you Jason. Our family enjoyed getting to know you and you were a blessing. Always smiling and eager to help. So enjoyed our conversations on the deck.

15. Aunt Elsie | February 17, 2010 at 12:12 PM EST

Dear Kim, Tony,Jerry,Mel,Eileen and Kathy,

I have followed your journy even tho we are

far apart.

Reading the tributes I can only imagine what

a wonderful son and brother Jason was.

I would liked to have known him better.

My love thoughts and prayers are with all of


May the love of God be of help to you knowing that he is a better place. A place with no more pain.

Aunt Elsie

16. Rosemarie | February 17, 2010 at 09:56 PM EST

Family, be encouraged and let not your hearts be weary. The Lord is your rock and your shield. Stand fast.

I met Jason last year at our hospital facility and he was such a pleasant young man. He was always so kind and gentle that I had to speak with a soft voice to him. He was loved by many and will not be forgotten.

Mrs. Thompson, be strong.I have been thinking about you all the time. Be still and know that God is still alive. God saw the journey was rough for Jason and he closed his weary eyes and said peace be thine. Mrs. Thompson, I hope you find the strength to fight the good fight.


Rose Marie

17. Uncle George | February 19, 2010 at 02:34 PM EST


For Christmas our daughter in law, Stephanie, gave us a framed saying with hand prints of our four grandsons and the saying:

\\\"One hundred years from now,

It will not matter

What my bank account was,

Or what kind of car I drove.

But the world may be better

Because I was important

In the life of a child.\\\"

From all the comments on this blog, it is apparent that Jason was such a person. And he would never have been what he was without you. May that be your comfort.

Love from Uncle George and Aunt Judy

18. Cristal | February 19, 2010 at 03:07 PM EST


Words can't describe how much I will miss you. You brought so much love, joy, and peace into my life. I will live with you close to my heart and remember all the wonderful times I had with you and your family, like our Indian dinners and MANY laughs. I'm living in California now and I\\'m sure you would be happy to see me finally out of the cold. I know how much we shared an appreciation for the sun. :) I spoke with your mom last night....As always she is an amazing woman and I found comfort in her voice as she has always had that affect on me. I will do my best to make sure that she will be ok and I am grateful for you to have introduced me to such a wonderful woman. Looking forward to when I will see your beautiful eyes and smile and we can share laughter and happiness again.

Love always,


19. BJ | February 19, 2010 at 08:16 PM EST

Unfortunately I did not know Jason, but I am sure he was a beautiful person as I know his dad Tony. Tony is a good sweet man, and I share in his and his family's pain and sorrow at Jason's passing. Jason fought the good fight and now can rest without pain. I lost my mom to the dread cancer two years ago so my grief is still fresh. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time. I truly believe Jason is in a better place. May all of us have strength to carry on. Light and Love, BJ

20. Uncle Ken and Aunt Merry | February 20, 2010 at 03:50 PM EST

Jason lived life to the fullest and touched many hearts... the family will miss him but we know he is in a far better place

Our prayers are with you Kim, Jerry, Tony

Love from both of us

21. Henson | February 21, 2010 at 11:46 AM EST


We are going to your celebration tonight. We wanted to tell you the prayer we prayed for you every night. We talked about typing it to you a few times but, thought now we finally would. Quinn, Beck, Daddy and I prayed this a few hundred times.

\"Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. Watch and guard me through the night and wake me with the morning light. God Bless Mommy and Daddy, and Melissa and Patrick, and Henson, and Quinn, and Beck, and Reese, and Gaga & Ganga, and Krabby Patty and Jasmine, Bodie, Saber, Porche, Rambo, Angel, Cuda, and all the fish, and God Please be with Coach Jason and his Doctors.\"

We know that God is with you, your family, and everybody who took care of you. We will miss you but, will never forget you. I'm glad you are still in my life.


22. a reader | February 28, 2010 at 08:19 AM EST

To Jason\\\\\\'s family -My husband and I have prayed for you and Jason since we came across the story on NWF Daily news. We lived in FWB for a short time until cancer moved us away. Jason has given us strength to walk and he inspires us. His life, journey, and courage are empowering. His legacy is forever with us and everyone he gave his time and heart too. We will continue to pray for you as you take each day as it comes.

Thank you for allowing us to walk this with you.

23. Jason Starr | March 02, 2010 at 09:22 AM EST

Not a day goes by when I don\\'t think about Jason and how special of a person he was. Jason is missed by so many because he was an inspiration to so many. The website is great and I enjoyed looking at pictures when he was so full of life. And now he is full of life again, in heaven. I hope the family is staying strong, you are in my prayers.

24. Diane Roll | March 10, 2010 at 12:17 PM EST

In February 2008, I moved right underneath Jason & Kim in Santa Rosa Beach. At the time I was very ill with Fibromyalgia and I will never forget a very smart Alice Pauls telling my Mom that this was a good spot for me because very special people lived upstairs.

Of course, she was referring to Jason and Kim who took me in like thier own family upon my arrival. Being in so much pain, I wasn't the epitome of happines but Kim & Jason always added sunshine to my day. Both were so kind and generous with thier praise. I will never forget the first time I made eye contact with Jason; I was completely drawn to his magnetic energy-he had a magical, ethereal glow. I thought he was a walking angel; now I am sure of it.

Jason has a great sense of humor...and after I went into remission he & I would always kid about the time we went for Sushi. Poor Jason, I was having a really hard night and asked if he had time for dinner together. So, being he had such a big heart, he took me to Harbor Docks. I was on pain medicine at the time and, apparently (of course, Mr. Awesome remembers this, not me),I kept nodding off in my sushi! He was really a champ about the whole thing.

As time went on, I got healthier and we became closer friends. He loved to tease me about falling asleep at dinner...if I was going somewhere to eat he'd say, \"..just try to keep her awake thru the meal\" & grin. We would both get such a kick out of it.

Jason was briliantly creative; he designed the logo for my clinic in November 2008. He was the only man on earth with such patience. There were three women involved, with three very strong opinions so it changed like 20 times! He never got impatient or lost his cool; he would just smile and go with the flow as we all danced around a flurry of ideas. Wildly, he even seemed to enjoy the collaboration and last minute deadlines or at least he never let on otherwise. Jason never ceased to amaze me.

His kindred spirit for animals was beautiful and, yes Kim, he would have made a wonderful father! When I got the new puppy, Freckle, he would \"borrow\" him for he and his Mom to play with upstairs. Easy with a smile, Jason always noticed the details like the way Freckle pranced and what made his floppy ear stand up.

In writing this it occurs to me what a giver Jason was and continues to be. I hope some of these memories make you smile, Kim, as they do me. He will forever be an example to live by. I guess I could go on and on, Jason had a major impact on my life in the short time I was blessed to know him. I am so thankful To God and Alice for introducing us. Kim, when you are ready to come home, please be in touch. And Jason, can you give my Dad a bear hug for me? I'm sure he's having fun in heaven and can \"show you the ropes.\" God bless you all. Prayers and love to you Kim. I miss you Mr. Awesome.-Diane Roll

25. Katie Bell | March 23, 2010 at 11:50 PM EDT

I didn't know Jason, but he was a friend of my boyfriend's and he will forever be on our minds. My boyfriend speaks so fondly of him and I hope that you know he will always be remembered for the wonderful guy that he was. You are always in our prayers and Heaven is an even better place now that you are there :-)

26. Nadine | April 18, 2010 at 08:36 PM EDT

27. Linh Nguyen | April 30, 2010 at 12:25 AM EDT

Jason's Family:

It was an honor to have met and befriend Jason, through Amanda Mitchell. Thursday Night Ladies' Nights on the Harbor Docks Big Deck, he was there with Amanda almost every week. I will never forget all the wonderful times the three of us shared together for the short time that we did. It was heartbreaking to have heard about what has happened in the short time since I'd moved away from the area. Jason was a wonderful friend, and I was very fortunate to have been blessed by his presence for that short time we knew each other...from just sushi chef & customers to friends. I will always remember the \"Jason Roll\" that I created for him! I'm just sorry I never got to say goodbye to him before I moved off to Tampa. To his mother, it was a pleasure to get to know the both of you and I'm sorry for your loss.

28. Nadine Vander Wall | July 13, 2010 at 05:16 PM EDT

Thinking of you Jason :)


29. Jen M. | November 25, 2010 at 05:42 PM EST

Still thinking of you, Jason, and your family on this Thanksgiving. I am thankful that I was able to know you and have you as a friend.

30. Jen | February 11, 2011 at 08:34 AM EST

Jason, it has been one year today and you are still missed very much.

\"Those we love don't go away,

they walk beside us every day,

Unseen, unheard, but always near,

Still loved, still missed and very dear.\"

- Unknown Author

31. Joey Harper | August 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM EDT

Looking at old pictures today and stumbled upon your beautiful smile. You are truly missed everyday and I am truly blessed to have had you in my life and in my family's. You have always been and always will be a part of our family. We love you and miss you. I feel better knowing that you are looking in on all of us from time to time with that same beautiful smile.

32. Kathy | September 02, 2011 at 08:41 PM EDT

Still see that beautiful smile, and remember the patient presence and generous good nature. These remind me to really live while I am alive.

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