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This is our first draft of Jake's obituary. The version we send to the newspaper will probably be shorter but we hope you enjoy this synopsis of his life.
Our son and brother, Jake Tyler Whetten, 21, passed away September 18, 2004 in Provo, Utah. Jake was born January 3, 1983 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Susan and Judd Whetten. He grew up in Laie, Hawaii and graduated from Kahuku High School. Jake served an honorable mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tacoma, Washington. Jake was currently enrolled at Brigham Young University in Construction Management and was so excited to be there.
Jake is survived by his parents: Judd and Susan Whetten; siblings: Derek and Carla Whetten, Todd and Stephanie Whetten; Jana Whetten; Brady and Rachel Whetten; niece and nephews: Emily, Hudson, Tyler, Hayden, Ethan, Andrew, and Tayson Whetten; grandparents: Zada Clark and Clifton Whetten; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
He was the youngest of 5 children, and lived the part! He died owing his parents and siblings lots of money because of his extravagant adventures. That’s the way to go!
Jake was a 6’7” happy-go-lucky guy with a gentle and generous heart. Making friends came naturally to him.
Growing up in Hawaii, Jake loved the water. He enjoyed swimming, scuba diving, and he played water polo for Kahuku High School. Jake was also a computer whiz.
Other activities he enjoyed include swimming in the reflecting pool at the Hawaii Temple (when he was a kid), hiking to Boogaloostu, skateboarding on his bowling pin skateboard, running marathons, snowboarding, traveling, spending time with his niece and nephews, and flirting with the girls. He loved his guitar and instant messaging.
Jake earned his Eagle Scout award making handicap ramps on sidewalks. He waited several months to have the Court of Honor so his three brothers could be home to welcome him into the Eagle’s nest.
Last Saturday, he was having fun with his friends playing ultimate frisbee when his heart stopped. We are grateful for the 21 years of joy and happiness we had with Jake, and for the wonderful memories. We will miss him greatly.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 24, 2004, at 11:00 am at the Sharon Park Chapel (150 East 600 North in Orem). Burial will be at the Orem City Cemetery. Please share memories and pictures with others at RememberJake.com.