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Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Jason Jeremy Stephen

November 30, 1976September 20, 2019
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Jason Jeremy Thompson Stephen was born November 30, 1976 in Springdale, Arkansas to Nancy Marie Nordgren and John Emmett Clough. Jason was in a tragic accident on Friday, September 13, 2019, he fought hard for his life until his body was unable to take the strain of the injuries, and passed peacefully surrounded by family, many friends, and loved ones on September 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.

Jason grew up in Bulverde, Texas with his mom and his adoptive dad, Thurston Matthew Thompson. Jason was skilled at many things and had many hobbies to occupy his time. He loved playing soccer, skiing, playing music, riding motorcycles, rock climbing, or anything that would give him an adrenaline rush while scaring the crap out of the rest of us.

Jason loved fiercely, which is why he was able to have so many lifelong friends. He may have been known as a tough guy, but he was really a giant teddy bear, with the biggest heart. Jason will be remembered by his friends and family for his athletic ability, creativity, loyalty, sense of humor, sensitivity, his giving heart, his ability to make friends, his adventurous nature, and his ability to tell stories, among many other things. Every person who met Jason says he left a huge impact on their life, even if they met for only a few minutes.

Jason's greatest accomplishment was becoming a father. Jason worked hard to overcome many challenges for the love of his only daughter, Alexis. No matter the situation, Jason was always quick to mention her latest accomplishment and how proud he was of her and how proud he was to be her dad.

Jason is preceded in death by his younger sister Ariel Marie Thompson, his mother Nancy Marie Nordgren Joas, and his maternal grandparents Marvin James and Juanita Marie Nordgren.

Jason is survived by his daughter Alexis Leigh Stephen, two sisters, Orion Starlene Shaw (Michael Shaw) of Beebe, Arkansas, and Shelby Lea Thompson of San Francisco, California, his nieces, Dresden Starlene Shaw and Brielle Ashlyn Shaw, and his nephew Jordon Nathaniel Shaw, his dad, Thurston Matthew Thompson of Glen Haven, Colorado, and his birth father John Emmett Clough of Lonoke, Arkansas, former wife and co-parent, Shannon Leigh Stephen of, San Antonio, Texas, and her parents, Mitch and Tommi Stephen of Canyon Lake, Texas, his high school sweetheart and lifelong friend, Dani Hersrud, of Sturgis, South Dakota, and too many friends who are more like family than we can list. Jason was a loving father, brother, son, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed.

We will celebrate Jason’s life on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel, 1701 Austin Hwy San Antonio, Texas. Visitation begins at 10:00 am with the Funeral Service to Follow at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Jason would have wanted donations to go toward Alexis's education fund. Please contact Shannon Stephen at sstephen1976@gmail.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Jason is survived by his daughter Alexis Leigh Stephen, two sisters, Orion Starlene Shaw (Michael Shaw) of Beebe, Arkansas, and Shelby Lea Thompson of San Francisco, California, his nieces, Dresden Starlene Shaw and Brielle Ashlyn Shaw, and his nephew Jordon Nathaniel Shaw, his dad, Thurston Matthew Thompson of Glen Haven, Colorado, and his birth father John Emmett Clough of Lonoke, Arkansas, former wife and co-parent, Shannon Leigh Stephen of, San Antonio, Texas, and her parents, Mitch and Tommi Stephen of Canyon Lake, Texas, his high school sweetheart and lifelong friend, Dani Hersrud, of Sturgis, South Dakota, and too many friends who are more like family than we can list.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, September 25, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Memories

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Carolyn Wilson

October 5, 2019

I first knew Jason when he was about nine, Orion around seven and Shelby and Ariel were two. I remember that little Jason’s happy soul was always reflected in his smile. I saw him less as he grew up and followed life’s path, but the times I did see him, that smile was there…whether showing off his cutie pie, Alexis, or telling me about a new business venture. I saw him at the hospital when his Mama was dying and despite the situation, at her request, Jason, Orion and Shelby played and swayed to Girls Just Want To Have Fun with their mother. I took pictures of Nancy and her children while the music played. It was a very precious moment and Jason’s smile was there.

Jeremiah Kneupper

October 5, 2019

I remember when Jason and I were in port aransas in his "show me your crack" dodge truck. We were driving on the beach as it was getting dark. Jason had to go to the bathroom so we pulled over to a port a can and he went as I got into the drivers seat. A set of headlights were coming straight towards me. As they got closer I realized they were going to hit us. I yelled as the truck passed my window and he hit the back of the truck and popped the back tire. I jumped out and ran after the truck and Jason came running out of the bathroom. It was a drunk guy driving with his daughter and 2 other little girls with him. He was wasted and fell down twice during the sobriety test. After that me and Jason couldn't figure out how to get his spare tire down for our lives. We were yelling at each other about to start wrestling. So I said screw it and started running back to the condo thru the sand dunes and got my parents who were staying in another condo upstairs. They showed us how to change the tire and we were on our way. 2 grown men couldn't figure out how to change a tire was pretty sad! Even sadder was after the cops put that guy in the cop car his daughter comes up to us and say "y'all are assholes!" Jason and I looked at each other with both of our jaws dropped to the ground.

Jeff Hersrud

October 4, 2019

Jason, you were the closest thing I had to a big brother.. Whether it was taking care of me when I had a little too much to drink as a youngster or showing me the "proper" way to collect a street sign, you were always there for me. As we grew older, you were still always there, for my wedding and when my Mom passed away. Great times and difficult one's. You cross my mind often and I smile thinking of you and all the lives you touched. Your amazing daughter carries on your legacy.

P.S my thumb still hurts!! Love you brother

Kathy Adams Law

October 4, 2019

I have been a friend of the family since the 1980’s. Jason and Orion honored me with the title of Aunt Kathy. Although I have many memories of Jason over the years, one stands out from when he was 8. His mother was uber pregnant with twins and put on bed rest, so I occasionally fixed supper for the family. This night was cold and rainy, so I decided to fix breakfast for dinner. I made homemade pecan waffles with blackberry syrup and bacon. Jason was in love! He ate 2 as fast as I could cook them, and kept requesting more. I swear that child must have eaten at least 6 and only stopped because I ran out of ingredients! I told him he must have hollow legs because there was no way on God’s green earth all of that fit into his stomach. He just beamed and seemed rather proud of himself. Throughout all the years, he kept that same impish grin and twinkle in his eye! I have loved Jason with all my heart, and will continue to love and miss him forever.

Christopher Montoya

October 3, 2019

Jason had just moved to Bulverde Elementary School, I don't remember what grade we were in maybe third. Anyhow he was getting jumped by 3-4 kids on the playground and I knew it wasn't right so I started in on em before you know it me and JT were back to back fighting against em and till his passing things had never changed.

Katie Patranella

October 2, 2019

Jason was a great friend to me from high school to adulthood. When my parents’ house burned down (20 years ago) he helped me move all of their stuff, that didn’t burn, out of the house and into storage. He was always there for me when I needed help the most. In my twenties I watched many Spurs games, played a million games of darts and played with toddler Alexis for hours. He was at my wedding and I was at his. He always made me laugh and never judged anyone. We would go long periods of time without seeing each other (in our 30s) and when we did, it seemed like no time had passed. Jason, Shannon and Alexis came to visit us in Houston when my oldest daughter was young and I remember that she loved him right away. She crawled right into his lap. He never met a stranger and he loved his baby girl with all his heart. He was a wonderful friend and I will miss him.

Orion Shaw

October 2, 2019

I have so many stories that I could tell about Jason, but I am limited to 2000 words.
There is no way I could share all about Jason in so few words.
What I do know is that he was my first best friend and hero. We were partners in crime from day one. He cut my hair, and helped build my childhood nickname "Onion Head." He built awesome bike ramps for me to test and crash on before he took it for himself. He taught me how to ride a bike. He showed me how to get to the highest branch in the tree when we were climbing. He convinced me that a pillow case was a parachute and then pushed me off the roof because he saw our parents coming down the street. He taught me how to wrestle and then shoved my head through the sheetrock when I was getting almost as good as him. He helped me sneak out of summer camp so we could go buy pizza. He knew I would do anything for him, including give him all my money, food, or anything else he wanted.
He taught me what not to do in so many different situations. He taught me how to play football and soccer. He taught me how to standup for myself, and not take crap from anyone. He made me learn the Smithson Valley Alma Mater, so I wouldn't get picked on. He protected me from boys and bullies. He taught me what a real friend looks like. He taught me how to love.
Jason has shaped my life more times than I can count. The more I think about him the more I realize I am who I am because he was my older brother. We shared a special bond that no one else had. He was my rock growing up, and later in life I was his.
My life will forever be changed because he is gone, but my life will be forever beautiful because I had him in mine for almost 41 years.

Jason, I love you BIG TIME! More than all the stars in the Universe!

I'm thankful Families Are Forever!

Shauna Lehman

September 25, 2019

On Jason's birthday last year, we all came back to my house after Max's. We had the 4 wheelers out mudding, racing, and stuff. My sister drove up with Jason on the back. Not only with a huge swoll up black eye. But looking like somebody tried to literally claw his eyeball out of his head. I mean, it was really bad. My sister said, "I yelled DUCK!" Jokingly, we all just said, "obviously he didnt hear u." But nope.... Jason did his shy smile thing with his head down kinda looking to the side and said, "nah, I heard her. Thats why my head was up."
We all looked at him like wth?!? Poor Jason...his face even redder finally admitted..."I was looking for the duck!!!" Hahaha!🤣😂...good times.
Growing up together in such a small town, we were all really closer...im just heartbroken.😔Jason was such an awesome person. He's come through a lot recently. I guess God was just as proud of him as we all were...he proved himself a perfect angel. Im so glad i had the privilege of being his friend. Left with memories and a smile I'll never be able to forget. Tony and I will forever hold dear that we had the honor of getting to spend Jason's last Birthday with him.
R.I.P my friend💔

Brandy Mockert-Friday

September 25, 2019

JASON was~
FRIENDLY-He had few enemies. DETERMINED-He liked to prove people wrong when they told him he couldn't do something. THOUGHTFUL- He had alarms set on his watch so he would remember to call people and see how they were doing. FUNNY- We had so many inside jokes. GENEROUS- He actually has given someone the shirt right off of his back. SENTIMENTAL- He had stories and memories associated with what he had. HELPFUL- He offered to help anyone in need, even if he was exhausted. ENERGETIC- He was always on the go. POSITIVE-He liked to say that things could be much worse than they actually were. EMPATHETIC- He would cry along with me. A SHOW OFF- Especially on his bike and behind the boat. AND SO MUCH MORE.

Joy McCoy Stalbird

September 24, 2019

Jason You have Caring Ways that Will Always make Me Feel Important and know My Worth . if I forgot to tell You , I Hope You know , Thank You ! Mainly tho ,You did so Great by Your Family******and now Heaven got More Fun too******See You ! Hug God from Us Colorful One 👍🌟💚

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Jason his daughter, nieces, and nephew.

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Jason and Alexis.

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Jason and his sisters.

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Jason and family.

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