Monday, June 18, 2012

Jason Saipan Te'o 1982-2009

Jason Saipan Te'o was born in Berlin, Germany US ARMY Hospital, where his family was stationed in the Berlin Brigade US Army Europe, on August 17, 1982. He left Germany when he was three years old and started pre-school at Pence on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri when he was 5.

Jason was a graduate of Dixon High School, where he was awarded a football scholarship from Missouri Valley College. He decided to discontinue college and seek employment, when his knee injury was not allowing him to continue football.

He worked in several jobs, but his passion was in music. He worked as a DJ and a manager for a night club and another job during the day. He enjoyed video games online, hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, music, parties, surfing, and motorcycles.

Jason passed away at 1:18 AM Sunday, November 15, 2009 in the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri at the age of 27 years.

Jason is survived by his parents: Saipan and Dareen Te'o of Waynesville, MO; maternal grandmother: Betty Rush of Waynesville, MO; one daughter: Savannah Rose Taylor of Jefferson City, MO; one brother; Manu Te'o and one sister: Andrea Te'o, both of Waynesville, MO; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, November 21, 2009 in the Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville/St. Robert with Chaplain (MAJ) John Sutton officiating. June Leoso read Psalm 23 and Cdr. MCPO (Ret) Francis Nikolao read Romans 8:31-39. Jasons' brother Manu Te'o read the obituary and his father, Saipan Te'o recalled his wonderful memories of his son. Several family member and friends recalled their wonderful memories of Jason. Pianist Becky Lercher accompanied the congregation as they sang "Amazing Grace". Jason's family sang a traditional Samoan Hymn, "Lo Otanu'u". Serving as escorts were Manu Te'o, Erik Thorsen, Phaniel Richard, Niko Falaniko, Mac Gaono, Dewayne Clark, and Tommy Rush.

Burial followed in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Eugene Floyd officiating. Services were under the direction of Memorial Chapels and Crematory of Waynesville/St. Robert.

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