December 15, 1980 – October 28, 2019
On October 28, 2019, our cherished son, brother, uncle, cousin, co-worker and best friend passed unexpectedly from natural causes after spending a glorious day on the beach near a second home he had just completed in Todos Santos, Mexico. We lost him far too soon; but if he were beside us, he would not want us to cry or mourn or be sad. He would want us to celebrate life – and what an amazing life he lived!
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on Dec. 15, 1980 to Mark Dale Hanks and Debra Lee Hanks, Jared attended and graduated from Bountiful High School in 1999. He went on to attend and graduate in Information Technology from Utah State University in 2004. He joined the Zumiez corporate office in Seattle, WA as the fourth person on the IT team. In IT, Jared found his calling, touted by Zumiez corporate senior executives as “a technology wizard” and “a true visionary.” Jared was promoted several times, most recently to Enterprise Architect. “Working on the unknown brought out the best in Jared. He enjoyed tackling complex problems, thinking of them as puzzles that he could solve. Jared especially loved getting in a room with the teams he supported, collaborating, breaking things apart, and coming up with ways of resolving something that no one else had done before.”
But Jared, “the IT Wizard,” was only a small part of who he was. Jared loved adventure, to have fun and to make people laugh. He was authentic and genuine – a friend to all. He was adored by his 11 nieces and nephews – and he loved and adored them right back. He loved his family and Allyse, the love of his life. He embraced life; he lived each day to the fullest. He had a deep love of the outdoors. When he wasn’t working, he was outside backpacking often with his dog, Moose; rock climbing; snowboarding or just being in the mountains. He loved hanging out at the beach and traveling with his many, many friends -- or playing soccer, a sport he began playing at the age of 3. He was the goalkeeper on two 5-A high school championship teams, and went on to play for Utah State. He was an avid Sounders fan and traveled to several World Cup tournaments with his soccer buddies. He lived a very full life in his short years. We miss you already, Jared. There will never be another you!
Jared is survived by his mother, Debra Hanks; his father, Mark (Allyson) Hanks; his sisters, Heather (Mike) Barnes and Laurel (Zach) Morgan; step siblings Andrew (Rachel) Stoddard, Alex (Amy) Stoddard, and Aaron (Kennady) Stoddard; grandmothers Barbara Sandberg and Mary Ellen Hanks; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and, the love of his life, Allyse Bourm (Seattle, WA).
A Memorial Gathering will be held in Jared’s honor at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Millicent Chalet, Brighton Ski Resort, Utah on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Zumiez will host a Memorial Gathering and a Celebration of Life in Seattle, WA on Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 as well.
- Debra Hanks, Mother
- Mark Hanks, Father
- Allyson Hanks, Step-Mother
- Heather Barnes, Sister
- Laurel Morgan, Sister
- Andrew Stoddard, Step-sibling
- Alex Stoddard, Step-sibling
- Aaron Stoddard, Step-sibling
- Barbara Sandberg, Grandmother
- Mary Ellen Hanks, Grandmother
- Allyse Bourm, Love of his life
- He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins who will miss him deeply.
- Memorial Gathering Friday, November 8, 2019
- A Celebration of Life Saturday, November 9, 2019
- Memorial Gathering Friday, November 15, 2019
- Memorial Gathering Saturday, November 16, 2019
November 8, 2019
Jared was the first friend I can remember having. I have very fond memories of being a little kid playing basketball on the little hoop in his upstairs bedroom, and sneaking through the attic space to his parents’ loft to play on their computer. We grew up playing junior jazz and soccer together for the Wild Braves and the Cougars, skiing during the winter, and occasionally water skiing and tubing in the summer. Jared was good at pretty much everything he tried, and eventually his talent level as a goalie left me in the dust.
I was so sad to hear of his passing. Mark, Debra, Heather, Laurel, and all the other family and friends with whom I have lost touch or haven’t met - I’m so sorry for your loss. Jared will be deeply missed.
November 4, 2019
This beautiful young man was such a great friend to my son Dusty and daughter Chelsey. They were all so close and their friendship spilled over into our friendship. Watching him play soccer was a real treat. Talking Sounders together was always a blast. Jerod was bigger than life and I feel like we have lost a member of our family.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Jerod you will never be more than a thought away. And when I think of you I will certainly smile.
Rest in piece Chieftain Black Bear. Your Sounders are going to win CUP for you !!!
November 4, 2019
I grew up with Jared and I miss him. He lived up the street from me and we were best friends during elementary school. I have such great memories with him! Like serving in church, playing soccer, racing RC cars (like Tyco Fast Traxx), camping with scouts, and playing a LOT of video games. I looked up to Jared because he was so smart and talented.
Jared, I love you my dear friend. I'm sorry that we lost track of each other but I promise to make it up to you when I see you again. May your soul rest and may you be filled with joy as you're welcomed on the other side by loving family and friends. God be with you till we meet again.
November 4, 2019
Lots of love to all of you Hanks'. Thinking of you every day. Jared was so lucky to be a part of such a great family. xo