Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Passing of a Friend

Recently one of my childhood friends passed away. I came to find this out on facebook. I don't really know how to express my feelings. It's just hard to imagine that he's gone. This is his obituary. A few paragraphs could never show the great things he accomplished and the great friend he was to me, but it will have to suffice.

Jordan James Kagie 1987-2011

Jordan James Kagie fought the good fight. At 23, he passed away unexpectedly at home early in the morning on March 22 due to complications related to congestive heart failure.

He overcame cancer at the young age of 12 and battled multiple life-long health problems. Though he never complained and all these never held him back. He earned his Eagle Scout and became a member of the Order of the Arrow and worked summers at Tomahawk. He went on to attend SLCC. When his health finally caught up to him in July of 2010, and the news that he had congestive heart failure came after a near death episode, he rallied again. He went on to live life more energetically than ever. He finished his Associates Degree just five months later and was entering the Business Program at Weber State. He had the best reason to become the person he'd been waiting to be and took more joy in looking after himself and surrounding himself with others. He felt better than he ever had, and everyone around him benefitted. He was a standard nerd; as a gamer, a sports fan, a tease, a slight curmudgeon, Jojo was a fantastic addition to our lives. We enjoyed every minute of our stolen time with him these last months, and only regret that he finished his work here in this life so soon.

He is survived by his mother Rebecca Kagie, brother John Ross (Natalie), sister Jessica Kagie and many other family members who will all miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his father John Clement Kagie. Till we meet again.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 28, 2011 at the LDS church at 311 North 800 West in West Bountiful, Ut. Friends may call there that morning from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 29, 2011 at the Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main.

   It was hard having to read this and know that I had found out three days after his funeral. I couldn't be there to celebrate his life. I knew I would miss him for these two years, but I didn't know it would be longer.
The most important message I want to convey is the great knowledge of eternal life, eternal families, and the Atonement of Christ.
   I know that I will see my dear friend again. I know that he is sealed to his mother and father, brother and sister, for time and all eternity. Most of all, I know that Christ was there for him during his most difficult times and I know that Christ suffered all that he went through to be there for him. I know that because of the Atonement of Christ Jordan's family will be able to feel peace and comfort knowing that he is with his Father in heaven.
   I give this testimony in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

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