Jacob McAdams Ehlinger

December 13, 2000May 6, 2021

University of Texas football player, McCombs School of Business second-year finance student, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity member, and a member of the Texas Silver Spurs, Jake was known for his larger-than-life joyful personality, grit, selflessness, and generous spirit of enthusiasm and encouragement.

Jake never knew a stranger; whether you were meeting him for the first time or were a lifelong friend, he made you feel like you were the most important person in the room. He had the biggest smile and never judged a soul, spending his life spreading joy. Jake was the middle child who was the glue of his family, with the ability to turn tears into laughter in a moment. He was his dad’s little buddy, and they shared an unbreakable bond. His father’s spirit was alive and well in every part of Jake’s life. Tragic life circumstances created a unique opportunity for Sam and Jake to uplift and empower each other. They were each other’s biggest fans. Their mother, Jena, as well as their sister, Morgen, were the loves of Jake’s life. Everyone will miss his giant hugs, but no one more than Jena and Morgen.

Jake was a gifted and fierce athlete from the start and maximized his non-stop motor, no-quit attitude, and willingness to rise to any challenge. Captain of the Westlake football team and a well-respected linebacker at the University of Texas, Jake fulfilled countless dreams at both schools, including sharing the field with his brother, Sam, who played quarterback. Westlake Head Football Coach Todd Dodge said, “Jake Ehlinger’s legacy will live on forever in Westlake Football. His pure toughness and willingness to do anything for his team is unmatched in the years that we’ve been together at Westlake.” Longhorn Football Coach Steve Sarkisian said, “Being a Longhorn meant everything to him, and he truly embodied all that it means to be one. In the short time we were able to get to know him, he always was a joy to be around and gave everything he had in workouts, meetings, practice and in life.”

Jake’s friends meant the world to him and were a lifeline of entertainment and acceptance. The family cannot thank his countless friends enough for playing Chess, watching movies, hunting, listening to music, boating, praying with him, and loving him. Before sports and his academic and social lives, Jake valued his family above all else. Nothing was more important than his mother, Jena Cissel Ehlinger, his older brother, Samuel George Ehlinger, and his baby sister, Morgen Adeline Ehlinger. To honor Jake’s legacy, we hope to go forward with even a portion of the joy that Jake brought us.

Services for Jake will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 12 at Riverbend Church Home for Hope, 4124 N. Capital of Texas Hwy.

In lieu of flowers, the Ehlinger family is asking that donations be made to Fellowship of Christian Athletes c/o Steve Vittorini, 478 Live Oak Lane, Spicewood, Texas 78669 or on a secure webpage at:

Alternatively, a Jake Ehlinger Memorial Scholarship fund has been established through The University of Texas and donations can be made per the link below.

Thank you for your care and concern. The family is beyond grateful for your support.

“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:13 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” - Ephesians 2: 8-9 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” - Psalm 34:18


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  • Celebration of Life

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021


Jacob McAdams Ehlinger

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Rishi Mayekar

May 19, 2021

I am still in shock after hearing this heartbreaking news. I unfortunately do not know any of the rest of his family, but I was a classmate of Jake's when we were both Seniors at Westlake High School. He sat at the same table as I for the better half of the year, and he never failed to bring a positive attitude and a smile on his face every single day.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all his friends and family, and anyone else who mourns his loss.

Steve Ochoa

May 17, 2021

I don't know this family. I do know the loss of a child. The pain never goes away. Having said this, remembering Jake for how he lived helps. The good times, the laughter, the love, will help you get to a better place. I pray you find a better place as I have. May God bless..

Debbie Oelschlegel

May 15, 2021

I don't know the Ehlinger family but am a true Longhorn fan. My thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP # 48.

Debbie Callen

May 14, 2021

Dear Jena, Sam, and Morgen,

My heart and my prayers continue to go out to you daily. Jena, as mom to Ashley Mangold, who cheered with sweet Morgen for Many years and graduated with Jake, I cannot imagine the pain of your loss. As Ashley and I drove to Jake’s Celebration of Life, she shared with me how funny Jake was when they had sophomore Physics together and how he made her laugh. Just prior to that she also told me what a brilliant mind he had and I suggested she should have asked for tutoring from him because science and math were not her strong points, ha! From a little afar, I’ve watched your family flourish after/despite Ross’ passing, while I’ve cheered Jake and Sam on at Westlake and Sam throughout his college career. I know in my heart that God has great plans for each of you and that He has been and will continue to be with you always, during your times of greatest need and of praise alike.

I’d like to share a verse that has helped bring me peace and carry me through some trying times: “Be Still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10. I hope that it may comfort even one of you as you grieve. Know that Jake was loved and I believe what Sam said, that he’s probably doing flips in Heaven with Ross.

Much love and prayers to the three of you ❤️,
Debbie Callen

Catherine S

May 13, 2021

My most sincere condolences to the family, especially to his Mother.
Your sweet baby boy hasn’t left you, he’ll always be by your side watching over you and his siblings. Look for signs , you’ll see them, and you’ll feel his presence.
God bless you all.

Rebecca Lloyd

May 12, 2021

To the Ehlinger family,
Extending my deepest sympathy to your family during this time. My prayers and blessings are with you. May the Lord comfort you and provide you with strength during this difficult time.
Rebecca Lloyd

Jerrie Shaw

May 12, 2021

Dear Ehlinger family,
We do not know you personally, but sending our condolences. We have very heavy & broken hearts for ya’ll. Sending prayers. The Lord will send peace , comfort & strength.
For I know the plans I have for you,”declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you & not to harm you, plans to give you hope & a future.
Jeremiah 29:11
Blessings!!! Jerrie, Amy & Emily
Temple 🙏🏻💖

Larry Shaw

May 12, 2021

Wanted to express my sincere condolences to this amazing family. Knowing you guys through Ross has provided me an extended family. Jena, Sam and Morgen please know that we are praying for you and love you guys.

Steven Chomysyn

May 12, 2021

Dear friend eh linger we love you and your familie and we are sad to have lost a good brother god is in our hearts to you and your familie:

Kay Nunn

May 12, 2021

My heart aches for the Ehlinger family.
Psalm 46:1-God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.
I was blessed to have all three kids in middle and high school as a substitute for Eanes. You’re in my prayers. - Ms. Nunn