OBITUARY

Ethan Isaiah Jackson

March 25, 2003November 14, 2021
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On Sunday, November 14, 2021, Ethan Isaiah Jackson, loving son and brother, passed away at the young age of 18. Born on March 25, 2003 in San Antonio, TX, Ethan was a beautiful and happy baby who smiled so effortlessly. As a baby, he loved so easily and was so very affectionate with his loved ones. Ethan loved to be hugged and kissed and often told his family how very much he loved them. Ethan graduated from Cornerstone Christian School in 2021 and began studying Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. Although his studies were cut short, Ethan’s drive for helping others was one of his defining qualities. Whether it was heavy lifting for his sister or yard work for his grandfather, if anyone had a project coming up Ethan was always the first to offer his help. If you needed him, he would be there. Some of Ethan’s loves include music, video games, and his dog Baxter who he humorously renamed ‘Bean’. He had many hobbies that he loved to share with others, but his greatest passion was food. He loved to experiment in the kitchen and always came up with new treats to share. If you told him you liked a certain food, he would learn to make it and find a way to put his own special twist on it. But his passion and creativity wasn’t just limited to food. As a little boy, Ethan would often sneak sips of his grandma’s coffee and it grew into a habit that followed him into adulthood. He had recently perfected what he called his “European coffee recipe” which he would always offer to family and guests whenever they visited. Growing up, Ethan went to all of his brother’s baseball games and could always be found in the dugouts chewing on bubblegum, telling jokes, and sharing stories with his dad and teammates. The unofficial little brother of the team, he was adored by all the other players who welcomed him as if he was one of their own. Ethan also played on his own teams, starting in YMCA, the Greater Helotes Little League and then moving onto the Junior Raptors where he was coached by his dad. Competitive to a fault, Ethan worked hard and always put his heart in the game, while also doing his best to motivate his teammates to do the same. Ever since he was a baby, Ethan loved the water. He couldn’t walk past a water fountain without wanting to stop and play in it. When he was five, he begged his parents for a fish which spurred a decade-long interest in growing and caring for both fresh and saltwater aquariums. Ethan was always a natural when it came to the water. Whether it was kayaking in La Jolla, white water rafting in Colorado and Tennessee, or deep-sea fishing off the gulf with his grandpa. At one point, he even wanted to be a marine biologist. He also deeply enjoyed playing and listening to music, even going as far as learning piano and guitar in his free time. Ethan’s love of playing instruments translated into a uniquely vast taste in music, and he enjoyed songs of nearly every genre and artist. When his parents bought a piano, he would practice daily, and continued to improve and refine his talents. He would often share songs and albums with his brother and sister that they could enjoy together, and you could often hear his family shouting at him to turn his music down throughout the day. Defined by his fierce personality and protective spirit, Ethan was so passionate about taking care of his loved ones. But even though he was fiery, he was also goofy and loved nothing more than to make others laugh. A true animal lover, Ethan’s compassion extended to all creatures. In his free time, Ethan volunteered at the San Antonio Humane Society where he met and adopted one of his best friends - his dog Baxter. If you would like to make a donation to the San Antonio Humane Society in Ethan’s name, you can visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/oJ6/c/:25FS8BsVJjG/. Thank you for any donations made in Ethan’s honor. Ethan was preceded in death by his grandmother, Elsa Spring. He is survived by his parents, Jennifer Zepeda and William Zepeda; parents Rudy Jackson and Meeghan Lautner; sister Samantha Jackson; brother Brandon Jackson; grandfather Judson Spring; aunt Raquel Collazo; uncle Randy Spring; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Services will be held at Sunset Funeral Home, with visitation being held on November 23rd from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Services will be held on November 24th at 1 p.m., followed by interment at Sunset Memorial Park at 2 p.m.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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Ethan Isaiah Jackson

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Jennifer Tovar

December 1, 2021

My sincerest condolences. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Joe Sanchez

November 23, 2021

My Friend, I’am so sorry for you and your families tremendous loss of a dearly loved child. All I can offer is our prayers that God’s peace and comfort surround you and your family through this difficult time. God bless you all! In Jesus name we pray, Amen! Joe & Kris Sanchez

Juan Pablo Sandoval

November 23, 2021

Dear Ethan,
What great sadness it was to hear that you had left this earthly world. What brings comfort, is knowing that you are now resting in the arms of our Lord. We will always remember that young and determined boy you were. We can still see you slinging your arm around Pablito, as you walked together to steal some time at the nearby playground before you all got called out to collect bats or fly away balls for your older brothers during a game or practice. You will be dearly missed, not only by your mom, dad, brother and sister, but by all who knew you. We understand all too well the days that are before you Will, Jennifer, Samantha and Brandon. We wish so bad that you did not have to know this pain. We pray for God's strength and peace as you navigate the roads ahead. We ask that He cover you and hold you close, because although we do not understand, we know that God would not have taken Ethan away without providing the fortitude to live this life without him. Our most sincere condolences and love-Pablo, Danette, Yliana, Jacobo & Pablito

Lynette Sepulveda

November 22, 2021

Ethan,

I'll never forget visiting you and your mom in the hospital soon after you were born. Ever since that day, I've watched you grow up into the handsome man you are. I'll miss seeing you whenever we visit the family, especially your hugs. You were always the first of the cousins to come up and give us hugs. Even though I miss you so much, I have comfort knowing you're up in heaven with our family. Love you E, and I'll see you on the other side.

Love,

Nette

Conrado Villanueva

November 22, 2021

Our sincere condolences.
Conrado Villanueva and family

Marsha Rice

November 22, 2021

Dearest Ethan,
I love how Darcy is looking up to you in this picture as she always has. You were 9 years old when she started staying with Granniekins and Papa, and you were there everyday after school. You only knew how to be a little brother but quickly took on that big brother role for her, teaching her, guiding her, and sharing joy in her successes. When we saw you in March, you picked up right where you left off, teaching her how to swing the bat in the backyard and showing her your secret Minecraft moves. We love you, Ethan, and we appreciate you for all the love and care you showed Darcy and each of us. Please know that while you rest peacefully in the arms of our Lord, you live on in our hearts, thoughts, prayers, and actions. May we all continue to share your light and kindness with those around us.
Love,
Steve, Marsha, Darcy, & Sullivan

Cynthia Sepulveda

November 22, 2021

My Ethan Boy,

I will always remember walking into the hospital room the day you were born, and seeing your Mom holding you in her arms. I can just imagine her thinking "what a beautiful little boy". I hope you'll always know how greatly loved you were, and how much you'll be missed. I was so honored to be your Godmother, and it meant a lot to me. This is not goodbye, but until we see each other again.

Love and kisses,

Tia Cindy

T M

November 21, 2021

Words cannot describe the depth of my heartache for your family. I know your pain is unbearable and I will continue to pray, every day, that you may find some comfort knowing that Ethan is at eternal peace. I am here for all of you, always.

Stephanie Spring

November 20, 2021

Dear Ethan, I love and miss you already baby cousin. I don't have a lot of memories with you, but the ones I do have you laughing and us getting into trouble with our parents. I already miss your laugh and I’m so heart broken that I’m never going to hear it in person in this lifetime. Your hugs were the best and even though I rarely saw or hung out with you, I always felt the love. I never got to tell you how much I loved you or how I felt like you were another little brother but I hope you felt it whenever we were together. I’m completely devastated and hurt that you needed to leave us but I’m more than sure you’re in heaven and happy. You’ll always be loved down here on this earth by us and I know whenever the sun shines in the morning you’ll be looking down on us protecting us. I love you and I’ll never not regret telling you more often how much I do.

Meeghan Lautner

November 19, 2021

Dear Ethan,

I’ve struggled all day to find the words for this post. I am forever grateful for your presence in my life, but it ended way too soon. There is a hole in our hearts that will never heal and never be filled.

Thank you for bringing so much joy and laughter into the world. You were definitely a bright light of happiness to all those around you. I hope you can see and feel the outpouring of love for you and your family.

I promise to honor you every chance I get through love and kindness. I look forward to the day we can meet again.

Love,
Meeghan

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY