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Captain Jason Benjamin Jones

December 31, 1969 June 2, 2014
Captain Jason Benjamin Jones
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Captain Jason Benjamin Jones, Commander of the 12 man Special Forces A-Team (known as an Operational Detachment - Alpha) was killed in action near Jalalabad, Afghanistan on June 2, 2014. Jason spent his childhood in Orwigsburg, graduating with honors from Blue Mountain High School in 2003. He was a scholar athlete, earning eight varsity letters. He was nominated for First Team All American Soccer in the Eastern Region and First Team All State Soccer in 2002. He was co-captain of the Blue Mountain Basketball team for the 2002-2003 season finishing 30-1 and reaching the state quarter-finals. Jason graduated from West Point Military Academy, 6th in his class in 2007, earning a degree in Nuclear Engineering. He was captain of his Sandhurst Military Skills Team and earned a Master of the Sword Physical Fitness Award. While serving in the army, he was a graduate of the US Army Infantry Officer Basic Course in 2007, US Army Ranger School and US Army Airborne School in 2008. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his performance during deployment to Iraq in 2008-2009. As a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, Jason earned the Iron Panther Award. He graduated US Army Jumpmaster School in 2010. He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) in May 2013 to join the ranks of the US Army Special Forces, known as the Green Berets. In his personal life, Jason married Amy, whom he loved with all his heart. The wedding ceremony for Captain Jason Jones and Dr. Amy Weniger was celebrated at West Point on June 15, 2013. They resided in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with their rescue dog, Molly. Jason was an avid fisherman and was extremely proud of his new boat. Jason and Amy loved the outdoors and sports, particularly the Philadelphia Eagles. They also enjoyed taking Molly to the dog park and running together. In addition to his wife Amy, Jason is survived by his father Attorney Jay Jones, of Pottsville, his mother Suzy Jones, of Orwigsburg, his sister Dr. Lizzy Jones, his grandparents Joseph and Grace Jones, and grandmother Carol Kaberle. He is also survived by 12 cousins, 5 aunts, 4 uncles, and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his loving uncle, Greg Jones and his grandfather, Marven Kaberle. Jason was a fun-loving, compassionate, and genuine person. We admire him greatly for his courage, humility, and dedication to our country. Jason will be forever missed and loved by us all. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 7th at 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 330 W. Market St., Pottsville, with the Rev. Bradley Schutt officiating. Guests will be received by the family from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service in the church. Interment in West Point will be held early next week. The family request contributions in Jason's honor be sent to: Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/) and the Animal Protection Society of Durham, 2117 E Club Blvd #101, Durham, NC 27704. Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is honored to be entrusted with Jason's arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at lordbixler.com

Service:

1:00 p.m.

June 7, 2014 First United Methodist Church 330 W. Market St., Pottsville



Visitation:

11:00 a.m. until time of service

First United Methodist Church

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