Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery

10201 Grant St, Thornton, CO


Jarod Charles Gaskins

September 28, 1977November 7, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

Jarod Charles Gaskins passed away on November 7, 2019, at home in Northglenn, CO. He was 42. He was born September 28, 1977, in Denver, Colorado to John Charles and Lavonne "Lonnie" (Moench) Gaskins of Northglenn, CO.

He was Baptized October 9, 1977, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Northglenn, CO. He attended Gethsemane Lutheran School PK-7th grade and graduated from Faith Lutheran School in 8th grade. He was confirmed at Mt. Zion Lutheran, Denver, CO on June 7, 1992. He attended Denver Lutheran High School 1992 through graduation on June 1, 1996. He participated in basketball and soccer throughout high school.

After graduation he worked various jobs plus was an electrical apprentice until he enlisted in the USAF. He served December 18, 2001, through September 29, 2014. In the AF he was in Civil Engineering and Manpower. He served in NC, Okinawa, Iraq, South Korea and Las Vegas, NV. He was serving on Balad Air Base, Iraq, at the time of Saddam Hussein's capture in Iraq. In the AF he attained the rank of Staff Sgt and graduated from various technical schools.

He was married to Tracy Held April 17, 2003. They (and step-son James Litwinski) were blessed with a son, Jonathan Charles in 2004 and another son, Jacob Andrew in 2006. Jarod and Tracy were divorced in 2009.

After his discharge from the AF he was happy to return to his beautiful Colorado. He worked various truck driving and delivery jobs, apartment maintenance and was accepted to a culinary arts school, which he had planned to start in January 2020. Jarod really enjoyed drives up in the Colorado mountains, fishing, hiking, cooking and BBQing. (He was well known for his cooking!) He was a huge fan of the Broncos, Avalanche and Rockies. He also had a generous and loving spirit shown in his loyal support for the Veterans and their many programs, especially Wreaths Across America, and Hammers and Angels. He loved his canine companions, but nothing made him prouder than his boys who will carry on his legacy.

Jarod was preceded in death by his grandparents: L.C. & Nancy Gaskins (SC) and Martin & Esther Moench (IA), an aunt Marian Bailey (SC) and uncle Dennis Moench (IA) Jarod is survived by his sons, his parents, his sister Jamye Harris, brother-in-law Larry, nephews Christian (C.J.) and Rogan, and a niece Taylor Harris, all of Colorado. He is also survived by his dear friend Courtney Johnson and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends across the US.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Wreaths Across America(www.wreathsacrossamerica.org), Lutheran High School, Parker, CO (www.lhsparker.org) or family wishes.

A visitation beginning at 9:00am followed by a funeral service will be held Monday, November 18, 2019 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, located at 500 Drake Street, Denver, Colorado 80221. A committal service with military honors will take place at 2:15pm at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging area "C" located at 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80235. Guests are strongly encouraged to arrive at the correct staging area by 2:00pm, maps will be provided at the funeral service.

Also, it was Jarod's request that attendees wear Broncos, Rockies or Avalanche colors. No black! (And please no hats.)

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared using the "add a memory" link found below for the Gaskins family.


18 November


9:00 am - 10:00 am

Mt. Zion Lutheran Church

500 Drake Street
Denver, Colorado 80221

18 November

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Mt. Zion Lutheran Church

500 Drake Street
Denver, Colorado 80221

18 November

Committal Service

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery

Staging Area "C"

3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
Denver, Colorado 80235


Jarod Charles Gaskins

have a memory or condolence to add?

Karen Krueger

November 14, 2019

Where to begin? In grade school years, Jarod was sometimes Jamye's annoying little brother, but more often he was her cool little brother - from jammin' the Beastie Boys, to watching Young Guns with us, to playing volleyball in the back yard...he was always a bit mischievous, which made him that much more fun! Then on to high school, carpooling to Lutheran High - given the varying music tastes, we each alternated days to pick the music, so once a week I had to suffer through his choices. ;-) He made those long rides in traffic fun.
But that's Jarod, right? He added color and laughter to every situation I can remember. In the years since high school we connected from time to time, and I was always impressed with his unwavering convictions, and his strength. The fervor I remember him living with as a kid continued to manifest itself in the man he became. And as always, he had that mischievous spark that made me laugh.
Jarod, you will be missed. Thank you for leaving us all with so many fond memories. Looking forward to seeing you again.

Doug Kahler

November 13, 2019

So sad! My love & prayers for Jamye & his parents. Loved coaching him in basketball at Gethsemane. He was such a good & kind person & worked hard for everything he did. Really enjoyed seeing him at the Bronco parade after winning Super Bowl 50! Also grateful to him for his service for our country. I’ll miss him, miss our Bronco talks but thankful for knowing him. ❤️

Ruth Connors

November 13, 2019

Please accept my sincerest sympathy in Jarod`s passing . I remember meeting Jarod when he and Tracy (my niece ) lived in Las Vegas. He was such an amazing Father and yes I could tell he was in the military by the way the boys only had to be told once. I also remember the bulldog they had -when I questioned Tracy on how they decided on this definitely unattractive dog(in by mind ) she said that`s the kind he wanted. I`m sure Jonathan and Jacob will find comfort in all the happy times they had with their Dad, and will continue to make him proud.May he rest in peace and continue to protect from above. Sincerely, Ruth Connors

Bryson Blake

November 12, 2019

Rest in peace, brother, until we meet again in Valhalla.

My sincerest condolences to all of Jarod's family and friends; I pray that God may grant you the peace and comfort that only He can during this difficult time. Jarod had a profound impact upon my life when we were still in grade school together. He taught me how to have the courage to stand up for myself and others when we were being bullied; it was one of the most profound, life-changing lessons I've ever learned from anyone in my life, and I will always be so grateful to him for that. I wish I could speak to him one last time on this side of heaven, just so I could tell him how much of a positive effect he had on my life - from early elementary school through to this very day - but I choose to believe that he already knows this now, and that one day I will get the chance to thank him face to face.

Jenna Deese

November 12, 2019

Although distance kept us from being close as cousins should be, I always enjoyed my time with Jarod and Jamye when they came to SC. My favorite memory however, is when we traveled to CO to spend a week with them. My brother and sister and I finally talked Jarod, a teenager at the time, into playing hide and go seek with us. After about 30 minutes of searching for him, we gave up and moved on. Long after the game was forgotten, Jarod jumped out of a tree and scared us all. He certainly kept us on our toes the whole time that we were there. My cousin had a playful spirit, and the warmest of smiles. He will be missed.