January 22, 1972 - June 4, 2018
Jason Brooks Nelson, 46, passed away peacefully in his sleep from natural causes during the early morning hours of June 4, 2018, at his home in Ormond Beach, Florida. Jason shared his home, love and life with his partner Ryan Moore, who moved from Starke to Ormond Beach to be with Jason. Jason is survived by his mother Susan Haskins Nelson and father, Brooks Alan Nelson (Tiny) of Port Orange, Florida, his partner, Patrick Ryan Moore of Ormond Beach, Florida, his three nephews Gage Alan Nelson, Briar Jon Nelson, and Riggs Alan Nelson, who he loved with all his heart. Also, by his Aunt, Faith Haskins McClintock (Jeff McClintock), of Ormond Beach and his cousins Kimberlee Haskins of Daytona, Jeffery McClintock, also of Ormond Beach, and Anthony Trochlell (Cathy) of England. Also, by his Aunt Linda Smith (Jackie), of Seville, Florida, cousins Wyatt Smith (Lillian) and family of Texas, Wayne Smith (Patti) and family of Texas, Jess Smith (Camille) and family of Oregon. And by his Uncle Jimmy Haskins (Joanne) of Seville, Florida. Friends Jonathan and Rachel Rivera and son Hudson Rivera (godson to Jason) of Orlando, Florida, Jennifer Kimpel and sons Drew (godson to Jason) and Jack Kimpel of Long Island New York, Mike and Kim Reading and sons Jake and Braden of Deltona, Florida, and also Mike's mother Ann and sister, Danielle, Donnie Harris jr. (Julie) and family of Knightdale, North Carolina, Raul and Jeanette Rivera and daughter Christina of Daytona, Florida, and Jess and Cathy Walker and family of Texas, Utah and Washington, D.C. Other friends that were always in Jason's thoughts and that he mentioned often were his high school friend and roommate, Darryl Koenig (whereabouts unknown),a couple, Jack and Maria, who worked with Jason at the Cinema Theater and whose wedding Jason was in, a friend in New York named Nicole, one in Georgia named Jackie and Karen Pierce of New York. Jason was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Bill and Christine Haskins (Pa and Nanny) of Seville, Florida and cousins Allen Haskins of DeLand, Florida, Matthew Haskins of Seville, Florida, Tyler Smith of Texas, and Richard Mew of Seville, Florida, and Bill Bell of Orange City. Jason was born to Alan and Susan Nelson in Palatka, Florida on January 22, 1972 at Putnam Memorial Hospital. He grew up in Orange City, Florida, where he owned a home for 13 years and had countless friends. Jason's first job was at the Cinema Movie Theater in DeLand. He also managed the New Smyrna Beach Theater and worked in the offices of the Victoria Square Six in DeLand. His last job was as property manager for a 40-unit apartment complex in Titusville. A good man working for good people. In his younger life, Jason spent his summers for ten years in Franklin, North Carolina with his Nanny and Pa (Bill and Christine Haskins). Jason loved Cherokee, N.C. and the Native American people there, tubing along the Nantahala River, and the beautiful scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains. Jason loved all kinds of music and going to concerts. The very first concert he ever attended was at the Brevard County Fairgrounds when he was 16, and the group performing that night was his all-time favorite group, Night Ranger (Jason's first car was a teal Chevy Camaro with a Night Ranger license plate). Jason loved the beach, Florida's springs and waterways, kayaking, and Christmas (especially the giving part), and throughout his life, helped his Mom and Dad without ever having to be asked. Jason's Dad, Alan said of him "The Lord loaned us a 6'4" gentle giant to care for and protect this family, and decided he needed him back to do good work for Him!" His Mom, Susan says "Jason is my heart and soul! There is no way to ever replace his beautiful smile, his compassion, his stance, the way he walked or the way that he loved people and this Good Earth.' She adds "In all due respect for my son, keep the oceans free of litter, especially plastics, and all of the waterways, and also have respect for wildlife and the land." Jason always noticed beautiful trees, waterfalls, mountains, and any type of nature. He loved the Sun, the Moon, rain and cool Summer breezes. He hated cold weather. He was blind to race, gender, color, sexual orientation and religious faith. He strongly believed in equality for everyone. He was kind and judged none, and always wanted everyone to "stay positive". Jason was a loving and attentive uncle, and dearly loved his nephews Gage, Briar and Riggs Nelson. In almost every photo of Jason, he is cradling, holding, playing with, or watching one or all of his nephews opening their birthday or Christmas presents. Briar Nelson was Jason's second godson. Jason was close to his cousins growing up and spent countless hours with his cousins Anthony (Tony) Trochlell, Kimberlee Haskins and Jeffery McClintock. Jason was proud of them and had, in Kimberlee, his only sister in life. Among his friends who were as close to Jason as blood were Jonathan and Rachel Rivera, Jennifer Kimpel, Mike and Kim Reading and Donnie Harris. Jason loved all of them and they always included each other in weddings, family celebrations and holidays. Donnie's mother, Faye McLaughlin always remembered Jason and every Christmas he received a card from her. Jennifer Kimpel worked with Jason at the DeLand Cinema Theater and they remained close friends throughout life. Time and distance could not separate them, and the two traveled back and forth from Florida to New York to be by each other's side. They lived together twice, once in Florida and once in New York. Jason became a godfather for the very first time to Jennifer's first son, Drew Kimpel and Jason loved and spent lots of time and travels with Drew and his brother Jack Kimpel. Most of Jason's adventures were with Jennifer by his side. The two had a flare for reckless fun and usually ditched parties to find their own forms of amusement. Both Donnie Harris and Jennifer Kimpel cherish their memories of Jason's Karaoke routines, belting out Dolly Parton and Kenny Roger's "Islands in the Stream" or Meatloaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", often performed while standing on a table. Jonathan and his wife, Rachel Rivera's friendship with Jason has always been a close one. In fact Jonathan had been friends with Jason since their teens and that bond only became stronger after the death of Jonathan's mother, Margie, who was a second mom to Jason. Jason was a huge part of the Rivera household. He was at dinner with Jon and Rachel most every week, and was always with them at their home. Jason was known and loved by the whole Rivera family, as well. When Jon and Rachel brought their son Hudson into the family, Jason gained a new playmate and best friend. The family took Jason with them on vacations to help entertain Hudson, and Jason was always honored to venture along. Hudson was Jason's third, and last godson. Jason Nelson met Ryan Moore on a date in September of 2016. The two fell in love and were a blessing in each other's lives. Ryan was the only man that Jason had ever brought home to meet his family and friends. It was a special honor to Ryan when Jason proudly introduced him, and at the same time came out to his favorite uncle Jimmy Haskins, on the couple's first Christmas Eve together, saying "Uncle Jimmy, this is my boyfriend, Ryan!". Ryan's daughter, Abby Moore and his brother Rodney Moore were also friends of Jason's. Abby adored Jason and frequently visited the couple's home in Ormond Beach. Ryan's middle brother Ricky and wife Barbara Moore were happy for Ryan that, in Jason, he had found true love at last. Jason Nelson was a beautiful and loving man who smiled even though he suffered many heartbreaks in life. At the time of his passing, Jason was a happy man living in the home he loved with the man he loved. Jason's cousin Kimberlee Haskins wrote "So many people have unfinished business, but Jason led a full life-he did what he wanted. He traveled, he loved, he laughed." Jason's ashes were given to the sea that had always been a part of him, from the bow of the beautiful catamaran, The Arabella on June 27, 2018 at Ponce Inlet Harbor in a sunrise service witnessed by those he held dear to him in life. A special verse was read by friend Kim Reading and Amazing Grace was sung by Christina Rivera before his ashes were released. Vince Gill's "High On The Mountain" was played, as requested by his Dad as the ashes were released along with a wreath made by Ryan with help from Kim Reading. The wreath was decorated with ferns from Jason's uncle Jimmy’s fernery and with flowers Jason himself had planted at his Mom and Dad's home. Jason’s ashes were released by family and friends. Jonathan Rivera placed the wreath in the water to honor his lifelong friend. Mike Reading made a beautiful playlist of songs that were played for the entire cruise that had been chosen by family and friends. Red, white and blue flower petals were also put in the water with him. Jason deeply loved his country. The care of Jason was entrusted to Allen-Summerhill Funeral Homes of DeLand with great respect. One final point to mention. On the night of Friday, April 13, 2018, thirty years after Jason attended his first concert, Jason and Ryan attended their first concert together. The venue was the Capitol Theater in Clearwater, Florida. The group performing was Night Ranger. It was Jason Nelson's last concert.
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