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We appreciate those who maybe didn't know Jake well but have shared their condolences. We have received far more than are included here. Thanks to all--family, friends, and even strangers--who have shared your love and support.
Words are still few to describe what i feel in my heart toward your son and my friend Jake. However, i find peace in knowing that his passing was perfect. I have run it through my mind, time and time again until the tears fog even the deepest corner of my mind. Questions are formed, but answered instantly using the increadible gift of the gospel we have in our lives. Sometimes I wonder if Jake would have prefered it any other way. And then I quickly remind myself..."NO way! Jake probably would have even asked for it the way it happened!"(That big little kid! Always playing something). I now know that not only is birth into this world a miracle, but birth into the next can be such a beautiful experience. I know that it was planned so perfectly. He even got to spend the night before remodeling the bathroom with you guys. I know because when i called him to go out that night he told me, "No, i am going to spend time with my dad and brother." He loves you so much. That is how Jake did it...running! Not only did he die running for the game he so loved, he died running to finish the game he had mastered, life. I know he loves you all. I saw it in his eyes as his Father in Heaven called him back to his presence. Thank you all as members of his family for allowing myself, and so many more people, to feel the great spirit of your son. We all love him.
A Friend of Jake's
Hello Jakes family. I was with him Saturday morning when it happened. He was on my team. I stood by him as his friends gave him a priesthood blessing. I watched the paramedics work on him as I prayed for him and for you in my heart. I had just met him that morning, but my heart goes out to you during this time.
With all the love and support a perfect stranger can give - Jody Wood
GLENN & MARY McMURTREY
Judd and Susan,
Mary and I cannot express the sadness we felt for you when the news came. We both hope the peace and promises of the resurrection will comfort you in this difficult time. I only met Jake once, when he was with Judd in the Honolulu Airport after returning from his mission. As I said "hello", I remember thinking, "like father, like son", polite, gentile giant and a good person (and really tall). Mary and I both commented afterwards that in the few minutes we had to meet Jake he had the personality of his father and the grace of his mother.
I can tell you Judd and Susan that everywhere I went Monday the University was quiet and thinking of you. We hope you feel the great love and deep feelings Laie has for you and your family. Return soon knowing that your many friends are waiting. Love Glenn and Mary McMurtrey
Judd and Susan:
What a tragedy! We are so sorry! We can't believe it! We cried for him and for you. We picture Jake always smiling shyly as the most pure and finest boy. It seemed that he had not changed at all since we met him at age of 10 or so. Only his statue had changed into a tall man. He had kept his innocence and purity into present. He worked very diligently at the cafeteria and everyone liked him. Jake was someone very special and was ready to leave this earth. When we were young students at Y, one of our close friends accidentally killed by car accident. He was a very perfect in every area and people said that he was ready to leave the early life. Jake was a perfect man. And yet, our hearts ache and weep for him. We pray for you, Judd and Susan. Be strong.
Immediately we reflected our mind to our own children, Jennifer and Nicole, our youngest. We surely do not know how to react if one of them accidentally passes away. I know it must be very, very hard for you to take your youngest son, Jake's death. It was just this past summer we saw you, Susan at L & L in Provo with your family members. Everyone
looked so happy then, but Jake was not with you. Was Jake living with Brady at the time of death?
Our love and prayer go with you.
Kats and Hilda
SARAH BETH BLISS
Dear Brother and Sister Judd Whetten,
I am sorry to hear about your son. My dad contacted me yesterday and told me the shocking news. I didn't know him but I knew Judd. He is a great man and I am sure his son was just as great. It is a great reasurrance to know of this gospel and to know that you can be with your son again. It is sad to see a loved one go and I am sure it is even harder to see a child pass away. It is shocking to think that your son was my age and probably in better shape than I am. I love you and pray for you.
Sarah Beth Bliss
GRANT J. LABARBERA
Grant J. LaBarbera