Jason Ryan Cartee

March 17, 1980February 12, 2020
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Jason Ryan Cartee, age 39, born March 17, 1980 in Aurora Illinois and passed away February 12, 2020 in Fort Worth Texas.

He graduated in 1998 from East Aurora High School in Aurora Illinois and was a 2012 graduate of American Military University with a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice and with concentration in Terrorism/Counterterrorism. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy and was a 20 year veteran. Some of his accomplishments included Armory Technician (Department of Labor), Security Specialist (US Military Apprenticeship Program), Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist (Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board), Crisis Negotiations, Domestic Terrorist Groups, Field Training Office, Officer Surveillance and Patrol Response to Active Shooters. To view all of his accomplishments please visit

Jason is survived by his wife, Jeanette Pilapil Cartee; children, Faith, Nia and Draper; parents, Robert and Karen Cartee; nieces, Jhasen , Jilian, Jasmine and Baby Pilapil; aunts, Sue Cartee and Rae Ellen Drees; uncles, Larry Cartee and Paul Drees; cousins, Jared Cartee & family, Austin Cartee & family, Bryan Drees & family, Pam Drees & husband, Greg Drees & family, Tracey Niklas Kornfeind & family, Christina Niklas Hutchins & family, Vicki Hinterlong Pohar & husband and Sherry Hinterlong Skinner & family; great aunts, Marilyn Niklas and Loretta Hinterlong; and great uncle, Russ Hinterlong.

Preceded in death by grandparents, Donald & Beverly Drees, Bob & Marilyn Cartee; uncle, Mike Cartee and mother-in-law, Geronides Vilos Pilapil.

Memorial Service will be held at 6 pm, Monday, February 17, 2020 at Keller's Old Town Funeral Home, 220 Keller Parkway, Keller, Texas 76248.

Donations may be made to the Navy Marine Corp Relief Society.


  • Memorial Service Monday, February 17, 2020


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Ryan Martinez

February 21, 2020

Many good memories of those fun times at your house. I still remember the super cool inflatable obstacle course you had set up for the kids in the backyard. We were really competitive bro, but I still kicked your butt. Miss you bro and pray you have peace now in Heaven, and I pray for peace and comfort for your beautiful family.

Heath Garcia

February 19, 2020

Jason Cartee will be missed by all his brothers and sisters from MOBSECRON 7(Det 71) Plank-owner to the greatest detachment to ever serve the Pacific!

As a friend and colleague, I have served alongside him in various situations and one thing is for sure with Jason, he believed in a principal called “extreme Ownership” which meant there are no bad teams only leaders. He lived by that and practiced it like he preached.

He lead boat crews and fireteams, trained some of the best Sailors our rating has in expeditionary warfare, and deeply cared about those close to him. The world is gonna be a colder place without Jason to talk to or joke with, and I’m am positive that I would not be the only person to say that.

To his family, your son has done everything for his country, and he has been an upright man and great friend. Respectful, dependable, trustworthy and energetic with one goal in mind; making everyone proud and doing his duties to the upmost best he could do them. Godbless you all.

I am sorry so very sorry for such great loss. Heaven will gain another Angel, May God have mercy on him. He now will sing with the Angels.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Heath Garcia
MAC(SW/AW) retired
NAS Whidbey Island

Ian Mc Clellan

February 18, 2020

I served with Jason in Guam with Mobile Security Squadron 7, Detachment 71.
I remember Jason as a quiet and humble guy who pushed himself others far beyond our high standards. I remember the motivation and encouragement as I worked to better myself, and as strong and fast as I got, I could never keep up with Cartee. He’d like to run in front of me while I was giving everything I had to catch up and pass him, but he was running backwards and smiling at me. I’m honored to have gotten to meet his family yesterday, and I’m honored to have called him my brother and family. He will be greatly missed, and we have a lot of great memories to look back on and hold onto.

With all of our love,

Craig Randolph

February 17, 2020

I met Cartee about 9 years ago. The first person to introduce himself to me as I was new in the Unit. He was a friend and brother in Arms and he will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace MA1.


Paul Kane

February 17, 2020

Cartee was one of the most proud and dedicated sailors I have ever worked with. I served with him and I got learn a lot from him. He was very stern, but he was a good LPO and a better sailor.

Rest in peace brother.

Ilo Gilleland

February 17, 2020

Jason you will be missed loved our talks. I remember you coming on the Quarter deck doing rounds and just to talk and you talked about your family. After looking at the pictures you had a beautiful family. Your time at NSA Athens you only had your wife and oldest daughter and you were so proud. Rest high on that mountain Jason.
To Jason's family you all will be in my prayers and I've sent up many since I heard of his passing. God bless each of you.

Janette Cabales

February 17, 2020

Jason was such a loving kind of guy. He was quick to offer help, especially sweet knowing that I and my 5 kids were alone, overseas, and my husband was often deployed. Jeanette and her littles (Draper was a newborn) were the apples of his eye. Even after leaving Japan, they've always been close to my heart.

Kyle DeMitry

February 17, 2020

I was stationed with Jason in Yokosuka, Japan. From the moment I got there he acted as a mentor and friend. He is an outstanding Sailor and buddy, Till Valhalla brother!

Carlo Miller

February 17, 2020

I helped train Jason when he was a MA3 and stationed in Naples Italy. Jason was very astute young man and extremely smart. He will be sorely missed! Rest in Peace my friend until we meet again!

Andrew Ferguson

February 16, 2020

I deployed with Jason on wave 8 ESIT in 2017. He was an awesome COG on the USNS Tippecanoe and a first rate LPO. He will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace, MA1.