Monday, December 8, 2008

Jason Siebert


Jason Siebert was loved by many. He was killed in a tragic car accident early Saturday morning in Long Beach California. He was driving through an intersection when he was hit by a car that was running a red light in a high speed chase.

A friend of the family is setting up this site on behalf of the family. So many people loved Jason and were touched and positively impacted by his life. Please feel free to share your memories of Jason, I know his family will appreciate reading them later. Although we are all grieving, we still want to celebrate his life. Sharing memories is one way we can do that.

There is a service that is tentatively planned for Saturday in the Fresno area at Clovis Hills Church, and a service in the L.A. area next Tuesday at the Orange Country Center of Performing Arts. We will keep you posted on the details as they become available.

87 comments:

  1. At Biola University, Jason and I sang the countertenor parts in the Kingsmen (a 6-man acappella vocal group). I still remember how great his Irish-sounding tenor voice sounded when he took the melody in "She Moved Through the Fair".

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  2. It was heartbreaking when I heard what happened to Jason. We were fellow Cast Members at Disneyland and I remember his smile and his ability turn your bad day into a great day. I am very blessed to have cross paths with him. Jason was full of life and he will be sorely missed. I will keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  3. Just a neighbor in Long Beach who didn't know Jason but witnessed the horrible crash.

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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  4. I worked with Jason at Tibbie's dinner theater on the Queen Mary. He was such a fantastic guy and could always make me laugh. He hasn't worked at Tibbie's for a few years, but cast members STILL talk about how much they loved him. In fact, we were just talking about him on Friday night. I'm so shocked by this random, senseless tragedy and my prayers are with Jason and his entire family as they mourn their enormous and overwhelming loss. Jason will NEVER be forgotten, and will be so greatly missed. God Bless, Bobby Hempstead

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  5. I was fortunate to have worked and become freinds with Jason at the Curtain Call Dinner Theater. He was so much fun to be around. He had such style, class, and charisma, and boy could he sing. I will always cherish the memories that we had on stage and off. Some of the best friday nights I have had were watching reality tv with him and friends, and laughing into the late hours of the evening. You will be missed my friend.

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  6. Jason and I were friends through OCPAC. He was always so helpful. He was also the most fun person to be with at the business gatherings. If a party was boring I'd immediately find him and all of a sudden I was having a blast. He really did lift my spirits every time I saw him. I knew him for many years and am honored to have known him. My prayers are with you, the family and his dear friends. How fortunate all of us were to have someone as wonderful as Jason in our lives. Sincerely, Ann Noriel

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  7. Sarah (Dodrill) CrawfordDecember 8, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Such a shocking and devastating loss. I grew up with Jason...from junior high into college (at Fresno Christian and then we remained friends). I loved him dearly. He and I had drifted apart in the last few years, which I regret so much now. Steve, Debbie and Joshua - you're in my prayers. I am planning to come down from Sacramento for the service(s).

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  8. I also went to Fresno Christian with J. He was one of the first people to introduce himself to me.We were in ensemble and band together. Every year we spent a weekend at his familes cabin near Shaver. I don't have a single memory of choir trips without him in them. Steve, Debbie and Josh, I am so sorry for your loss.J's colorguard girls will always love him ;)

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  9. I remember standing in front of Jason while we were both in the Biola Chorale. His beautiful tenor voice would sometimes bring tears to my eyes during our practices and performances. He was so talented and soulful.

    I will also always be indebted to Jason for giving me (free) singing lessons. Though I was in the choir, I was never classically trained in voice. Jason was so patient and encouraging with me. I still utilize some of the techniques that he taught me, and I will always remember his kindness.

    Jason, I thank God for who you were, and I will miss you. I long for a day when we will sing together again....

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  10. Jason and I were the two redheads in our class in 2nd grade. We'd occasionally get teased (throughout elementary school)about getting married and having redheaded kids.

    Steve, Debbie & Josh, I'm praying for you as you grieve.

    Amy (Clark) Dueck

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  12. I am heartbroken.
    I knew Jason for 15 years. We worked as Leads together at Disneyland. If anyone has ever heard him tell the story of how he fell off an electric cart backstage at Disneyland and broke his wrist,... I was the one driving the cart.

    To his family: Jason touched so many people. You raised a beautiful son. I could tell him anything. He would listen and never judge. He had amazing instincts and always offered wonderful insight. I know he had many close friends, and I would never presume to call myself his best friend, but please know that over the years he became and remains MY closest friend. Should you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me. My husband and I live very close to Jason's La Habra home and are available at a moment's notice. And of course, we will see you in Fresno.

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  13. Jason and I met at Biola. I don't even remember how we met but my college experience wouldn't have been the same without him. We could talk about anything and we laughed all the time. He was the most witty person around. We also got to work together on The Chimes and he was so talented. He always made sure my grammar was in check :) Jason was a beautiful person that made you happy just by being around him. His laugh was infectious. He will be missed and never forgotten.

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  14. Jason was the bright spot of my senior year in high school. He was a freshman, we sat (and stood) next to each other in choir and ensemble. We shared a vocal range and a sense of humor, went to the winter formal and Sadie's together.

    Jason taught me what "jazz hands" were. Eighteen years later and I still cannot hear that phrase without thinking about smiling, laughing Jason.

    I've shed many tears over the past six months, since I reconnected with Jason, tears of joy at how he had grown into such a beautiful and happy man. I'm so proud of him. His loss is immense, as is our grief. But still, I cannot think of Jason without seeing the sparkle in his eyes and the mischief in his smile.

    My sincerest condolences to all of his family and his many, many friends.

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  15. Jason and I were classmates at FCHS and were both bandgeeks. Even though we really didn't hang out much with the exception of band trips, I always admired his musical talents and his zest for life. Just reading what all of his Friends and loved ones have written in wake of this tragedy, I can see what a profoundly positive effect he had on anyone who came across his path. I only recently got in contact with him via Facebook and we talked a little about what we've been up to. We were trying to plan a get together on his next trip to Fresno but unfortunately he was taken from here. What is truly sad about death is all the things we regret having not said, all the events we regret not sharing and all the opportunities we regret never living. I was looking forward to seeing Jason and catching up. The last thing he wrote to me was about my Culinary career - "How exciting that you've found something you're passionate about. That can make life so much more enjoyable." As corny as this may sound, my perspective on what I do for a living has been altered for the better because of what he said. God bless the Siebert Family during this difficult time.

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  16. Rosina Didyk, Aman Dance EducatorsDecember 8, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    I don't know how to grieve the loss of such a vital, positive and intelligent person. He gave so much to everyone he interacted with. I always enjoyed working with Jason at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. He was a constant advocate for the artists and made a huge difference in so many communities. We miss him, we miss him, we will keep on missing him. I am so sorry for his family, I send my humble condolences.

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  17. I was in 8th grade when I first met Jason; he was a senior. I was a nerdy kid playing clarinet and he was the drum major. My junior high friends and I thought we were so funny when we called him Melvin, and I have no idea where the name came from. But he just laughed along with us. Praying for his close friends and family.
    Melissa Sieperda

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  18. Jason and I were at Biola for five years and became friends through the different activities of the Music Department, particularly the Biola Chorale and the Voice Area. My first memory of Jason was after I had sung Memory from Cats our freshman year. He spoke with such kindness and affirmation when he congratulated me. There was no sense of competitiveness in his tone despite the fact that I was another tenor. I cherished our talks because we both felt at ease to be open and genuine with one another. Jason was never afraid to speak truth and was determined to live his life in a way that kept that truthfulness intact. Having lived on opposite coasts for the past nine years, he and I could only rely on email, phone, and more recently FB. He was always so full of life, passion, laughter, and zest that the news of his death brought utter shock to me. His sense of loyalty was always strong and he cared about his family and friends more than people can imagine. His was too short a life but one that touched countless individuals. I know one day the tears I now shed will stop flowing but I will always treasure him as long as I have breath. My prayer is that hearts will be comforted with the hope that God offers.

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  19. I am deeply saddened by the loss of dear Jason. I had the honor of singing at Biola with him. Although I did know him well, I will never forget when he complemented my singing while on retreat in Yosemite. It was nice to be noticed by someone so talented. He will be sorely missed! My prayers are with his family.

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  20. Oh, Jason.
    How could you not love him? He was the type of person that walked into the room and lit it up with his entire being. He always had time for the people in his life, and he had the ability to make you feel like you were the most important person he knew. You ALWAYS had a good time when Jason was around, because he was so open, warm, caring and able to laugh and make you laugh. He was the most handsome redhead I had ever met!
    I met Jason my freshman year at Biola. (He was a sophomore). We immediately became good friends, as we spent a lot of time together due to Chorale and the Journalism program. We both are from the Valley, and when I went home for the summer I visited Jason and his little mini-pinscher that he had just bought.
    Jason and I lost touch after college, but I recently was fortunate to get back in touch with him. I will always regret not getting together with him sooner, and I feel kind of selfish for grieving his loss so much. Jason was just that person that you loved SO much. You didn't just "kind of know" Jason. Even if you were able to spend five minutes with him, he affected you. He was REAL.
    His loss is devastating and tragic and I will never understand it.
    Dearest Siebert family, you are covered in prayer.

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  21. Jason was a guy whom I will always remember. I can remember him playing in the band.I will always remember how nice and polite he was to everyone. You used to love it when I would bring in the school announcements. We would always share a chuckle or a smile everyday. I cannot express how I have been feeling since hearing about your passing. I feel so sad, so disappointed that such a beutiful person has lwft us behind! I know that you are singing with the angels a beautiful song!Your family is in my prayers!Miss you!

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  23. I met Jason when I went to Biola as a freshman (he was a year ahead of me). We were in Chorale together for two years, and because I was a fellow music major, I saw him in the music building on a regular basis. Jason had so much energy and talent, and he was so witty! I remember laughing many, many times at his effortlessly witty remarks. I enjoyed being in Third Half skits with him and hearing him sing in Kingsmen and the many Biola operas. I had such a wonderful time on the Colorado Kingsmen tour with him, and we all laughed so hard (he was laughing too!) when he tried to smell my pear candle and the wax splashed all over his face (I have a great picture of that!). He was a huge inspiration for me to want be a character at Disneyland and is one of the reasons I auditioned and got one of the best jobs I ever had. One thing I always admired about him was his extreme honesty and his ability to be himself. He will be sorely missed. His family and friends are in my prayers.

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  24. Jason and I worked together for many years at Disneyland. He was always smiling, happy, and made working there just that much more fun. It is hard to imagine such a beautiful person being gone. I didn't know him as well as many others who have commented on this site, but I still feel blessed for the small time I did have knowing him. Jason was the kind of guy that you couldn't help but being drawn to. His passion, his generosity and friendship was apparent the very moment you met him.

    I regret not being able to have known him better, but I will always cherish the memories I do have. He will be missed, but never forgotten. He may not be here physically with us, but the joy, love, and friendship he shared with so many will always live on inside of each of us.

    My humble thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and all his friends.

    Sincerely,
    Joe Moore

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  25. Jason and Family,

    Wow!! What a shock it was to hear that you passed away.. It doesn't seem real and definitly doesnt seem fair. Your life ended way too soon. I will always remember your smile and laugh and very outgoing personality. To your family. I pray that as you grieve for the loss of your son, that God will bring comfort to you during the days to come. I am so sorry to know that such a wonderful man has left you and all of his dear friends. What has come has gone, but soon we will all be with him again in heaven. Rest in peace my sweet Jason. You will truly always be remembered by me and all of your friends and most important your family!! God Bless the Sieberts!!!


    Julie Bean

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  26. I am so sad.

    Jason and I were roommates at Biola for our first two years. We had so much fun sharing our common interests like music, aquariums, and bugging the girls downstairs with loud classical music at 7am!

    There is nothing like death to bring the complete humanity and presence of an old friend right back to you, as if there's never been a time away from him. I was so very much looking forward to getting together after running into you on facebook earlier this year.... as the old librettist says, Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor.

    See you on the other side of the river good sir.

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  27. I wanted to share a memory. One of many.

    In August of 2000, I met a guy named Roger. I didn't know it then but he was my future husband. Our second date was at Disneyland. Jason and I worked there as Leads. I asked Jason to give Roger the once over- you know, look him over, let me know what he thought of him. Jason and I were to meet shortly after I introduced the two and he would let me know what he thought of Roger.

    Jaosn knew how much I valued his opinion.

    So Jason came out to Town Square to meet my date. They chatted briefly and then Jason left. I thought he had gone backstage. I chatted with Roger a minute longer and then something caught my eye. Jason was on the other side of Town Square still looking Roger over. I tried to be "inconspicuous" about having just seen Jason again when he supposed to be gone! But Jason kinda waved my gaping mouth shut as if to say "Eyes forward! Focus! Do NOT blow my cover!" I kept talking to Roger, hoping he wouldn't notice Jason spying on us, checking things out. (Roger never noticed).

    But Jason stayed out there a good deal longer, making certain that Roger was worthy of me.

    Jason finally met up with me backstage.
    Amongst a few other comments which shall remain private, his final commentary:
    "I approve."

    And THAT is one of MANY examples of the kind of detail and attention and value Jason invested in his friends. I am so honored to have been one of many that he called Friend.

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  28. It is tragic that Jason's life was cut short by such a selfish,careless person.It sounds like he was a very talented man,much loved and will be missed greatly.

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  29. Jason had the biggest smile and the warmest heart of any of the guys at Biola. We met in 1994 and were instant friends. That's just what happened when anyone met Jason. He was my dedicated swing dance partner. We learned together and often dressed up in 1940s clothes to go dance. So rebellious, I know! It just got worse. He volunteered to be the getaway driver for a Mission Impossible-themed prank kidnapping/heist I planned in 1995. Picture him in a fidora and trenchcoat, driving the Porsche while cranking up MI theme music. Smiling all the while. Classic Jason--he pulled it off perfectly. Thanks for being my friend, Jason. Thanks for being our friend. Thanks for the dance...I miss you already.

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  30. Jason was an inspiration in my life. So positive, encouraging, and fun! We worked together at Tibbies Queen Mary for a few months. We stayed in touch as we both became Heritage Makers consultants at around the same time. We had fun going to their convention in Arizona. Along with our love of performing, we shared a passion for helping people, and for preserving photos and memories. I still have the book he made about his cat. I'm so sad that we've lost touch in the past year or so... and even more sad about such a tragic loss. My thoughts & prayers are with Jason's family and friends. He loved and cared deeply, and was (is) loved and cared for... always. Nicole Barnhart

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  31. Jason loved God, music and people. I weathered many music/film classes w/him @ Biola.
    He had a zest for life that was inspirational.
    I sorely regret loosing touch. See you in heaven my friend...

    Favorite memory:

    Barry told us to form a prayer circle at Biola and to hold hands. Jason kept trying to intertwine fingers. We both fell out laughing. Sigh. Miss ya buddy.

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  32. I am shocked and saddened about the loss of Jason Siebert. He was the heartbeat of the creation and the most caring guide of what was to be the ARTSTEACH programs at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. My deepest condolences go out to his family and to Ginger and Shannon who bear the honor of carrying on in Jason's memory and legacy.
    ARTSTEACH artist who was there from the beginning when Jason became the beacon for the rest of us.

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  33. When i heard about his accident on saturday i cried, i thought is all fake till i called up my friends. All the memories i have of jason were basically in the club seen, at lucky sundays, stiff, and club lucky i would always remember him having a good time, he was like the heart of the club making us happy and enjoy our night. i will miss him, he took me home when i was drunk at stiff last time, he made me feel very confident. i miss him, but i hope there are more others like him, fun, energetic, caring, confident, and mature! RIP Jason Siebert.

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  34. Steve, Debbie, Josh and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. My heart aches for you during this time of mourning. Jason was loved and is remembered by many.

    My mom just told me she came across some pictures from our Odyssey of the Mind days. Those are fond memories from high school, which include Jason.

    Jason will be missed and I am thankful to have known him.

    Love and Friendship
    Rachel (Begeman) Mandal

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  35. John & Geri WarkentinDecember 9, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Steve, Debbie and Josh...
    When there are really no words that can be said...
    We wish that you could be spared this pain.
    Geri and I just want you to know that we are praying for you.

    We think of the times when he was a young boy and how
    our kids enjoyed playing together. Good memories...

    If there is anything that we can do for you this week or even
    later on let us know. My job has changed and that would allow
    me some flexibility. Give us a call. (559.638.1072)

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  36. Kerstin "Sherstin" CrossonDecember 9, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Jason was my lead many a time in toontown. While toontown is not the funnest place to be a host or character, I always loved having Jason as my lead. He was fun and funny, and we would sit in the lead office and gossip, talk, whatever. I am completely blown away his death, and I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

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  37. I remember meeting Jason on his first day at OCPAC. He was my guardian angel there and always looked out for all the artists lucky enough to work with him. One time, I needed to stay overnight in OC and asked Jason to let me know about the neighborhoods where I had found some cheap motels. Jason came back with more maps, info and details than you can imagine. Isn't that so Jason? He was as beautiful on the inside as he was on the outside. He will be missed but never forgotten.

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  38. Jason was an incredible and inspiring person, and friend. I had the privilege of his friendship not long enough, but in the times that we spent together, he made me feel loved and cared for. He was my "Big Bro" and he called me his "little bro" and he had my back no matter what. Recently I had a few bumps in the road in my life, and Jason was always there for me to comfort me and listen to everything I had to say. He was a special person to me. My memories of Jason will stay in my heart forever and ever, and he was truly an amazing person. He always had something nice to say about someone, and he made everyone always feel welcomed. Some of my favorite memories of Jason were from this past summer, every Sunday we would go to the beach in Laguna, we would laugh and listen to music, and when it was really hot out- he managed to get me in the water with him too. Then we would always go dancing, and have amazing times. Another fond memory of Jason was this past Halloween, the four of us (like brothers Jason, Jeson, Joel, and I) went to West Hollywood and we all just had the time of our lives. When Jason, the gladiator, Joel the Indian, Jeson the pirate, and myself the cowboy stepped out onto the Blvd. EVERYBODY wanted to take our pictures.. Jason was so funny, posing left and right for all the cameras.... we felt like movie stars. Just wherever we went, Jason was the light of the party, always smiling, always laughing. He was just a treasure to have as a friend, and even though I beg for more time with him, I am blessed and so appreciative that he was put in my life, because he was an amazing man and an even more amazing friend. I pray for his family through this tough time, and for his dear friends who incredibly miss him. We love you Jason! Rest in Peace
    Love your LiL' Bro
    Nick

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  39. im a cuzin of jason and i thought i might share a memory though sadly i dont have many after all im only 13.

    a couple years back (i think i was 10) we had gone to aunt debbie and uncle steve's house for some kind o' get 2 gether and all the guys were throwing each other in the pool and jason was helping well he just helped my dad scott in so as soon as my dad was out they went after jason. well he jumpede the gate and took off running around the grapes well theyt finally caught him and threw him in. well goodbye jason ill miss u 4ever

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  40. What a tragic loss! I'm still reeling. I had the privilege of knowing and working with Jason for many years at OCPAC as one of his teaching artists. The world has lost such a beautiful soul, who personified such grace and warmth. The arts community has lost a genius, who understood what arts education was all about and who set such high standards for its implementation.

    My most heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and co-workers....

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  41. I was blessed to be Jason's aunt. The service at the Performing Art's Center will be at 2 PM. Thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers, and love.

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  42. I didn't know Jason for long, but am proud to call him my friend. He truly helped make my recent visit to Cali one of the best, and most fun weeks I can remember! I feel like he took that extra step to make sure I had a good time while out there, which is a testament to the great and generous person he was. I will miss you Jason, and I'll never forget you!

    -Tony

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  43. I knew Jason the past three years through the Arts Teach program at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, he will be missed tremendously. A great loss for his family, friends and all that knew his cheerful personality. I still remember the day he called my to "congratulate' me on joining the arts teach roster. I feel for Ginger and Shannon who worked with him daily...he was always kind, enthusiastic and encouraging to all the artists...I will pray for his soul to rest in peace and pray for his family.

    Sincerely,
    Natasha Shoro

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  44. I only had the opportunity to spend time with Jason for one day, but it was such a great, memorable day, and will never be forgotten. We went to Disneyland and he was so happy and welcoming. Just by spending one day with Jason, I was immediately enlightened by his warm heart and great personality. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this great time of need.

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  45. I met Jason almost two years ago through a mutual friend while hanging out at Club Friction. Ever since then, Jason greeted me as if I were a longtime friend whenever I would run into him at the clubs. He always seemed to have a good time in any setting and he always lit up a room with his presence. My heart goes out to everyone who knew Jason and to his family that they find comfort in the knowledge that Jason made a positive impact on everyone he met. He will truly be missed.

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  46. I met Jason only about two months ago, but he was always so kind and so much fun to be around. The first thing I uttered when walking into his apartment was "Wow..." I don't know...
    "Wow" just kinda seems to sum up what I think of Jason. I really wish I could have gotten to know him better. I was so shocked to hear about this. My thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of Jason. May you have peace, wherever you are.

    KC Archer

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  47. I didn't know Jason but I live very near where he passed on. I'm so saddened by the loss of what appears to be such a fantastic individual but also inspired that he was loved so dearly and it's a reminder to us all to remember how loved we are, how we must cease opportunity and live each day like's it's our last...life is precious. My prayers, thoughts, and positive energy go out to his family and friends.

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  48. I met Jason in Chorale at Biola. One of my fondest memories was hearing the Kingsmen sing. I could cry now just thinking about it.
    Jason's lovely voice and his vibrant personality will always be missed. I look forward to singing with him again in heaven.
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. I wish I could be with you at the funeral.

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  49. Steve, Debbie and Josh,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you right now in this very difficult time. Jason was such a bright light to everyone he encountered. During this season in your life, I pray that God would strengthen you and draw you even closer to Him. I will always remember Jason's smile and enthusiasm. May you feel God's arms around you.

    Jennifer Froese Rerucha

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  50. I knew Jason at Disneyland. I always enjoyed seeing him at work; he always brightened my day. In every memory I have of him, it's of him smiling and having fun. The world will be a darker place without him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. -Dara Sajjadham

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  51. I meet Jason when I was 18 years old at Disney and crossed his path many times a year with his work at OCPAC. He has always brightened up my day. If you ever needed someone to sneak a few Town Square characters onto a ride... He was your guy! So many wonderful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends. I love you Jason.

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  52. I had the distinct pleasure of being Jason's roommate for two years in La Habra. My shock and grief over this tremendous loss are diminished with mere words. Waking up in the same house with him for those years were the funniest, craziest, and most mischevious years of my young life. Every day was filled with music. I marvelled daily at the talent that walked through the door when he came home from work. He and Joe WERE my roaring 20's! There is virtually no part of my life he did not touch.

    I'll echo the comments of so many on this page when I admit that we lost touch after I moved away. But I learned from Jason that life is much too short for regret. I'll simply savor the life I was lucky enough to experience.

    I love Jason, and will continue to love him forever. My prayers and thoughts are with Debbie, Steve, and Josh, and all of his family, and with my very good friend, and Jason's best, Joe.

    All my love,
    Natalie Pierson-Gamble

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  53. I didn't even know this individual, however, just by reading the tributes to him have inspired me. I know many who attended BIOLA University, and have a good friend who knew Jason. This one life will touch many through these loving comments. My heart goes out to his family and ALL of his loving friends.

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  54. Jason and I were in band together at Fresno Christian through Jr. High and High School- I don't ever remember him not being there. I was shocked when I read of his passing on facebook and then on the news. I can only be thankful that it appears to have been fast. Jason's family, who I always saw at all our band functions will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss - for the world's loss. We will see him in heaven.

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  55. i must say the world will be a whole lot darker with out his smile
    ~just another person missing jason

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  56. My daughter, Natalie Pierson Gamble, was Jason's roommate for two years (when he purchased his home in La Habra). When Natalie received the sad news Saturday morning, a little bit of her world slipped away forever.

    What has sutained Natalie in the last few days is the recognition that someone like Jason comes along but once in a lifetime. We all feel privileged to have known him.

    Natalie has many very touching and funny Jason stories and it is these stories that will keep Jason alive in our minds forever. She would like to share some of them at his service.

    Natalie also spent time with Jason's Dad when he came down to visit. She was very touched by him, also.

    Jason, we will miss you and love you forever.

    lindaofah@yahoo.com
    My daughter, Natalie Pierson Gamble, was Jason's roommate for two years (when he purchased his home in La Habra). When Natalie received the sad news Saturday morning, a little bit of her world slipped away forever.

    What has sutained Natalie in the last few days is the recognition that someone like Jason comes along but once in a lifetime. We all feel privileged to have known him.

    Natalie has many very touching and funny Jason stories and it is these stories that will keep Jason alive in our minds forever. She would like to share some of them at his service.

    Natalie also spent time with Jason's Dad when he came down to visit. She was very touched by him, also.

    Jason, we will miss you and love you forever.

    lindaofah@yahoo.com

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  57. C. Derrick Jones III said...
    We are absolutely shocked and deeply saddened by his passing. I just had a meeting with Jason at Roger Anton Elementary this past Friday, and as we almost got down to business, I had realized I hadn't greeted him with a hug (the norm). I stood up and walked to him and said "hi Jason", hugged him, and we got down to business. For those of you who don't know, Jason was an amazing soulful artist and arts advocate and he taught many of us artist who are a part of the Arts Teach program at Orange County Performing Arts Center how to be more effective in our educational programs for youth.

    His passing is a great loss for us all. An inspiring soul, he motivated, encouraged us to be better teachers. I'm devastated and my eyes have not dried. My wife is also shattered and we feel fortunate enough to have each other to comfort ourselves during this time of profound grief.

    Our hearts and prayers go out to his close colleagues Ginger and Shannon, and especially to Jason's family. Please know that Jason will continue to live in our hearts as we strive to bring our art to the world to make positive change in the lives of our audiences young and old.

    If we can do anything for the family, please let us know. We would be happy to donate a dance to a charity in his name or just anything.

    Lovingly,
    C. Derrick Jones and Nehara Kalev
    Catch Me Bird
    December 8, 2008 6:27 PM

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  58. I'm sorry to hear about the news... Yeah i agree that Jason is one of the friendliest person at FCHS. I really appreciate it especially as an international student there. Having Jason as a classmate, in choir, band and ensemble too, has made adjusting-to-the-new-environment easier. Peace and strength be upon Jason's family... and Jason, c u in heaven. (Preista, Indonesia)

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  59. Jason and I were good friends from Biola Chorale and numerous vocal music classes. We graduated the same year with the same vocal emphasis major. He really helped ease my transition into the music department when I transferred in during his sophmore year. He had such a great sense of humor with just the right amount of sarcasm. It makes me smile now just thinking about his snarky little comments from behind me during choir practice. It was no secret that I quickly developed a pretty major crush on Jason. Although the infatuation was not mutual, we did continue to have a really good friendship through our years at Biola. I have an especially fond memory of a time we went ice skating and had hot chocolate outdoors at the Disneyland hotel.

    A few years after graduation I was engaged to be married and ran into a housing problem a couple of months before the wedding. I was left in need of a temporary home. Jason continued to be his generous, caring self and offered to have me live with him during the interim. Although I thought it best not to accept, the offer will always remind me of the kind of person he was.

    Debbie and Steve, as a mother of small children, I can only begin to imagine the pain and loss you must be feeling now. My heart and prayers go out to you.

    -Merina

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  60. My heart is definitely saddened by the horrible news I just learned of..... but.... as I think of what happened to Jason... my heart goes out to his family and all those who got to encounter such a mesmerizing person..a person who motivated... encouraged... and helped me to be a better performer... Jason was my Lead at Disneyland and a true friend to talk with.... I have a lot of memories of Jason where... well... lets just put it this way... he had the room full of laughter.... I do remember one night when I was practicing some tumbling at a dance studio and Jason stopped by to visit his partner at the time.... needless to say I don't think that he would have made a great gymnast.. cause his hair got all messed up when he was doing somersaults and he freaked out about it... I couldn't stop laughing... Jason....thank you for all the joy you brought into my life... to infinity and beyond... :)

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  61. I... have so much to say about Jason, but can't say much... Jason, was one of my friends at Disney, he was a gentle soul... filled with love and laughter. We talked often about his religious upbringing, and his love for theatre, and more than anything, we had many talks about love and life, he was full of questions as well as answers! He will be missed beyond words...

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  62. Tragic indeed, we knew each other at Biola only in passing and were a little miffed by just how different we were. Good to see what an impact Jason had on the people around him.

    Many condolences.

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  63. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Jason.... Thoughts and memories of you, always take my breath away. You were the most amazing, caring, inspiring, and accepting "future" brother-inlaw anyone could ever ask for. Your love will forever surround me and your name will be spoken in our home often. I love you Jason, all of you! Jaci

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  64. I am deeply saddened by this terrible loss. As Director of The Spotlight Awards, I had the privilege of working with Jason on many occasions. His friends at the Music Center of Los Angeles County will miss Jason terribly! He and I shared stories of the students he was so proud of in Tomorrow Stars at the Center. He loved the kids he worked so hard to help. He was like a proud father with them. I will miss his sunny face and beautiful laugh. He was kind and thoughtful in the extreme. We will never forget you, Jason. I love you.

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  65. Jason and I spent many an evening together in Toontown at Disneyland lamenting over how foolish we both looked in our costumes - like "demented lawn jockeys" if I recall his quote correctly. I remember when Jason was new at Disney. Unlike so many newbies who burst onto the scene begging to be accepted into the fold, he sat back and watched the crazy antics around him by his fellow Characters and Hosts, taking it all in, carefully interjecting an observation or satiric comment. His quiet yet effective manner grew quickly on all of us in the PM Crew, as he was quickly accepted into the "Fireside Chat Club", which had quite the exclusive membership list. I fondly remember one evening Jason and I were hungry after our shift, so we went and had an overcooked dinner at Bennigan's. Worst service ever, but that didn't matter. We had a blast! Most of our conversation revolved around our Northern Californian upbringings, and of course dishing the dirt on our fellow Cast Members. The details of the conversations are long lost in time, but I will never forget how much we laughed.
    My deepest sympathies to Jason's family and close friends. He was truly something special and will live on in our memories. A lesson learned for me in this horrific trajedy - do not let friends slip through your fingers. If there was someone in your life travels that made you laugh as much as Jason did for me on so many occasions, never let them go. Reading in these posts about his life and career post Disney, I regret losing touch, but and thrilled at his successes. He deserved every happiness. He was truly blessed, and I am grateful to have known him. Rest well, my friend.

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  66. When I came across this tragic story I immediately thought of a Jason who left an impression on me from the late 90's.Did Jason briefly work for Rollins Truck Leasing in the late 90's in Torrance, Ca. I remember what a great guy Jason was and how I'd wished I would have stayed in touch with him. We shared many lunches while at Rollins and he often spoke of his faith and Biola while he had to have ranch dressing with everything he ate. Although the pictures look similar to the Jason I knew, the stories sure are identical....a young man with great faith and integrity who will sorely be missed. Can anyone confirm if I'm speaking of the same Jason, one who worked in the rental department for Rollins in the late 90's ?

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  67. I knew Jason for several years in college at Biola. I too enjoyed listening to his wonderful voice singing together with him in the Chorale, voice classes, and musical theater/opera performances.

    Jason was always so generous in inviting myself and other friends to come have fun at Disneyland, whether he was working or it was his day off...he would generously sign us in as his guests for free, with a smile on his face and a hug as he welcomed us into the park.

    Jason had also graciously extended an invitation to me to join him and his family on a couple different yachting excursions to Ensenada, Mexico while I attended Biola. I remember eating fish tacos in town one day for lunch, and then setting out on the yacht in pretty rough waters...within minutes I was sick and found myself up top on the deck, my fish tacos going into the ocean. After retreating down inside the yacht to lie down...completely green and seasick, Jason never left my side until the waters calmed down and we got back to shore.

    On the second yachting adventure with his family, I remember Jason had a broken arm which was in a cast. We decided to go out on a sea-doo, and put a plastic bag over Jason's cast to make sure it didn't get wet from the ocean water. Jason let me drive the sea-doo (though I likely had no idea what I was doing), and joked with me, saying I better not tip us over because of his arm. Of course, shortly thereafter, we were both in the ocean...completely my fault being inexperienced at operating and driving a sea-doo, and Jason's cast was soaking wet. He was never upset, just smiled and laughed...even though he had to put up with a smelly wet cast the rest of the trip.

    Jason will be sorely missed, and is one of the most wonderful friends I had the pleasure to meet and get to know in my life. So many of us were blessed to know him. His tragic death is a loss to so many of us here on earth, but God called him home and the angels are rejoicing now in heaven. My heart and prayers go out to you Steve, Debbie, and Josh.

    ~Renee

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  68. I got to know Jason at Biola, the year he worked on the Chimes as our copy editor. He was one of my first hires the year I was editor of the paper, and there wasn't a day that went by where I wasn't thankful to have him around. He always brought laughter to our office (and student newspaper offices can get a little crazy), but at the same time he was always a professional. And he just was so talented at so many things, but in a way that made you appreciate him rather than be jealous of him.

    I am not sure I knew a kinder person at Biola than Jason Siebert. I've lost touch with him since college, but I was deeply saddened to hear the news of his death. My family's thoughts and prayers are with the Siebert family, and I know we will see Jason again in a little while.

    -Jeremy Littau

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  69. "You don't have a soul. You are a Soul.
    You have a body." - C. S. Lewis
    To lose a son and a brother, especially such a young man, is so very cruel. Know that he will always be with you, though his body is gone. I understand the loss very well since my own brother died a few years ago, from a brain tumor. At least there was some warning with that. As a colleague at OCPAC, I wish I had known him better. I always got a smile out of him whenever we said hello. I feel his loss deeply through his many friends at the Center. I’m praying for the Siebert family and all of his dear friends: You are not alone.
    With love and sympathy,
    Wendy Lembke, a fellow C.S. Lewis admirer
    "Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone." – C.S. Lewis

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  70. living in longbeach and knowing cody brown and the terrible desicion he has made, i am deeply sorry and my prayers go out to his family. my heart truley goes out to you.

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  71. Sunday the day after the Fresno Memorial Service - I just wanted to let you know how precious it was. Jason's spirit was certainly there at the service. He was so evident there, and you could feel the excitement (along with the sadness) of everyone who came. I think we all could feel his warm smile and the twinkle in his eye. We could have imagined him coming out from behind the curtain to take the final bow, and receive his bouquet. Short of that, his family and friends put together the perfect perfomance to make Jason proud. Of course, he had left so many memories and imprints on us, that there was a lot of raw material to work with.

    We have known Steve and Debbie, Jason and Josh for 20 years now. We have enjoyed many water ski trips, Odyssey of the Mind, Band Trips, etc etc. Anytime you went somewhere with the Sieberts it was always an adventure. A lot of the attributes Jason had: dedication, hard work, perserverance, fantasy and fun, and mischeviousness -- are evident in the whole family.

    I remember one family trip to Disneyland, long before Jason worked there. We had to be there before it opened, RUN to every new thing, and be there until the park closed. The next day, I could not walk. But you couldn't hold them back -- you just had to keep running to keep up with them.

    Our love to you today -- we are looking forward to the Celebration of Jason on Tuesday in Orange County. And I know that all future get together's and conversations will include a lot about Jason -- the essence of who he was and how we miss having him there with us.

    We will remember the Dove being released after the graveside service. How Debbie and Steve held the bird for a little while, then had to release him to fly away -- and it was so awesome as all the other birds noticed, and flew off following him, until we could no longer see them. I am crying now thinking about it -- but that's OK.

    Luelle Robinson

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  72. What a shock to hear of the passing our dear friend Jason. Being so far away, Jason has always been supportive & thoughtful of us, making things work for all - a win win situation! A man who truly cared for the Arts & Education, for it would make the world a better place! A new star now shines in the sky.... Life is Eternal!

    Our Dearest Sympathy,
    Doyle, Leanne & Vinok Worldance
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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  73. On behalf of The Goin' South Band and World of Music, I would like to send out my best prayers and good thoughts to the family and friends of Jason Siebert. Unfortunately, I can't attend the Memorial Service, but I will personally be thinking of Jason on Tuesday and all of you attending. He has entered my into my mind and thoughts much since the accident. His personal and professional manner through his work at the Center, his wonderful smile and his kind and caring way in which he worked with artists on the roster will always be remembered. He will be missed. We wish him well on his journey beyond our earthly bounds.

    John Zeretzke, Director
    Goin' South Band
    World Of Music

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  74. Dear Steve and Debbie,
    I have been weeping about Jason's death, and praying that he is loving Christ's eternal embrace and homecoming. Here is my prayer to offer at this time of sadness and loss:
    Most loving and tender God, we offer our prayers of thanks and gratitude for our brother in Christ, Jason, who has received his call to join you in your heavenly kingdom. We give our deepest thanks for his wealth of gifts, among them generosity, spirit, great humor, humanity and abiding faith that Jason so freely and abundantly shared with all who knew him - as we read in so many comments posted here. We offer our prayers for his family, especially his parents Debbie and Steve and brother Josh, we ask that you allay their grief, comfort them as they mourn and give peace to their hearts. We ask that they be reassured with the knowledge that Jason’s earthly life was one well and truly lived in each moment, that the multitude of those of whose life work and faith are stronger and greater because of him is beyond measure and that Jason is now beyond all the cares and burdens of earthbound life, that by your side all limits have been erased, peace is complete and in full dimension and that now Jason’s reach and grasp are in their perfect expression. We offer this prayer in the name of your precious Son Jesus Christ, Amen.
    Our deepest sympathy and condolences are with you and with all who love him.
    Rev. Janice Meier, Phoenix. AZ
    (Sister of longtime friends Arlene & Stan)

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  75. Deborah Sauer-FerrandDecember 16, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    My husband called me this evening to tell me this sad news, after he encountered the video of Jason as "Amahl" (in a very circuitous route). I sang/played the Mother opposite Jason in that production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. I remember Jason as a great kid who already had great talent, and the promise of much more. He was super to work with, already quite the young professional. Reading through the articles and blog entries, I see that talent and promise came to fruition.
    Steve, Debbie, and Josh - I'm so very, very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express how I feel for you as his family. Thank God for the comfort in knowing it's a "See you later" and not "Goodbye." I will add you to my prayers for continued sustenance and comfort.
    -- Deborah Sauer-Ferrand (FPU faculty)

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  76. The service in Orange County at the Performing Arts Center was truly amazing, and I know how proud Jason is knowing how his family, friends, and loved ones got together to celebrate his amazing and extraordinary life. I am so blessed to have had Jason in my life, and it was tear-jerking, sad, emotional, proud, happy, celebratory, rewarding but most of all magical to look at the life that Jason created, and to see all the people he reached out to, and how he impacted,changed, and touched their lives, for the good. We all love you so much Jason, and you are such an inspirational and amazing man.
    Love always,
    Nick

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  77. To the family of Jason,

    Today was such a touching service. It was a true reflection of Jason, his passions and his supportive upbringing of who he was. Jason touched my life in so many loving ways. Being neighbors and close friends…he will be missed in my life beyond belief. We share so many funny stories; I could write a book that would keep us all cracking up. We also shared a great love of the lord and talked about that often. I know where Jason is today and find my peace that my eternal friend is still loving us all.

    If there is any comfort that can be found during this difficult time; it would be to know that he touched so many lives. My life along with many others is changed because of his profound influence. I guess that comes full circle back to his parents for raising such a wonderful person. You gave him values, morals and a faith that he was able to pass onto so many of us.

    His life may have been cut short…but what he left behind was a legacy. A true man, Christian, friend, and brother to us all. I am truly changed for good.

    Always,
    Andrew Gubany
    Neighbor & Friend in La Habra
    andrewgubany@yahoo.com

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  78. The memorial at OCPAC today was lovely, and it was amazing to see the reach Jason had when you looked around and saw so many people from all parts of his life together in the concert hall, and all with so many great memories to share. The world has truely lost a great person.

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  79. Jason defended my honor against a bully when we were in school He was so heroic. He was the only one to stand up for me.If you want to know what courage looks like, look to Jason. I will always remember you J. You have always been my guardian angel.

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  80. I was privileged to attend the service today at OCPAC. Over and over I kept thinking, "He would have loved this!"

    I'm a college friend, and sang in the Chorale with him. That was such an incredibly special family to be a part of, and Jason added so much heart and fun. He was always good for a girl's ego, because he always had a spontaneous compliment ready. And of course, as you know, he had nicknames for everyone. After the Chorale trip to Yosemite, I was christened his "Little Woodland Goddess." =)

    Another of my favorite moments with Jason was at a church somewhere in Pennsylvania on tour. I was placed between Jason and Rachael Pennoyer as we sang "Laud Ye The Name of the Lord" from the Rachmaninov Vespers. It stands out to me as one of the most musical moments of my life, and I can still hear and feel that moment, praising God together to the best of our abilities. His lovely, lovely tenor voice just seemed so suited to that moment.

    God be with you in the coming days and months. Thanks for sharing Jason with us.

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  81. I just wanted to add something. I hardly have a single memory of Jason that isn't somehow connected to music. If Jason's life was a movie, it was probably an epic musical, or at least it had an amazing soundtrack. I would imagine that for a lot of people there is a song or two in particular that they associate with Jason (something I'd love to hear other's thoughts on). I would like to share mine because it is of the season.

    I always think of Jason around Christmas. Of the year we spent together, standing next to each other in choir in high school, Christmas was probably the pinnacle of our season. We were really good that year, we even got to perform on our own little 30-minute, Valley Public Television special. After our Christmas concert we all gathered at my house to watch our t.v. performance, laughed hysterically at ourselves-- and it snowed while we watched--very memorable for Fresno. But I digress...

    I especially remember caroling that year. Though it was only a footnote in our performance, it was the first time I remember hearing (or singing) carols in harmony. Jason and I sang the part of first tenor, I had very little vocal experience and couldn't read a note of music so I learned every song we sang that year by listening to Jason. I have long since forgotten the tenor part to most of the carols we sang, but I do remember "Joy to the World," and every time I have sung that song in the last 17 years I have done so with Jason's sweet, tenor voice over my left shoulder.

    This year will be no different--bittersweet, absolutely--but Jason will still be there--and he will always be there, caroling in my ear..."Joy to the World!"

    My thoughts and prayers continue for all of Jason's friends and the Siebert family during this difficult and painful time.

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  82. I had the opportunity to meet Jason just a few weeks ago through a mutual friend. The fact that I did not know him as well as most of the friends and family in his life makes me feel cheated of a amazing friendship. I hope that jasons smile and oh so amazing personality will be instilled in there hearts and memories forever, as he has done with me in a mier five minutes of meeting. May be peace with you Jason.

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  83. All of the warm, heartfelt comments on this site about Jason touched my heart. I did not know Jason. My family lived in Fresno and attended Peoples Church until 1996. My heart just aches for Jason's family and friends.

    The songs on this web site are beautiful.

    With gratitude for Jason's life and great sorrow for your loss --
    Candy Priano

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  84. Steve, Debbie and Josh...I am so so sorry for your loss. I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. Although it has been many years since our lives were intertwined..as the body of Christ you have always been dear to me. I pray that God will be so close to you that you will feel His presence often and strongly. I am so sorry I didn't know about the OCPAC Memorial down here..or I surely would have gone. Cling to the Lord strongly my dear ones.
    patty gaede

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  85. A month later,... and our hearts still ache as if it were yesterday.
    I think of his smile and his laugh every day.
    Steve, Debbie, Josh,... you are in my thoughts and heart.

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  86. We are so sorry to just hear of this precious loss today. Steve, I wish, I could have been there with you during the service. Please know, Manuela and I praying Strength and Comfort from the Holy Spirit for You and Your Family. Unlike some others, I do not consider Earth a nice place to live. After reading the story of your beloved son's life, truly he was a Wise Man storing up his treasures for Heaven. I do give God Glory for all the lives, your son touched for Jesus Christ's Glory. Not only did he "do a job well done", your Wife and You did a most Honorable Job raising him to love the Lord. May God Bless, Confort and give You all Strength. Sincerely, John and Manuela Lion

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  87. Jamelle Ball (Cox)March 23, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Just wanted to tell Jason's family that I was so sorry to hear of your great loss. I did not have the priviledge of knowing him as an adult, but have very fond memories of watching him grow up. We sang together for many years in the Mozart Choir School. I remember the smile that was always on his face, his wonderful since of humor, and how he cared for others. I will never forget the sound of his beautiful voice. I look forward to hearing it again someday up in Heaven.

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