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Jake's Mission Years
Jake served two very good years in the Washington Tacoma Mission for the LDS Church. He was a great missionary. We appreciate those who knew him in the mission field for the love and support they showed him there. Thanks also for sharing your memories of him with us.
PRESIDENT & SISTER ALLEN (MISSION PRESIDENT)
To the Whetten family,
Those of the Washington Tacoma Mission remember Elder Jake Whetten as a faithful and dedicated missionary. He touched the lives of many. He radiated the "Aloha" spirit of the Islands; cheerful and full of love. His membership in the Church of Jesus Christ and his testimony of the Savior were important to him and he bore that testimony with power.
As his mission president and wife, we felt especially close to Elder Whetten for a number of reasons. He and Sister Allen share a common Whetten ancestry. In addition, he spent some time in the mission office, sharing his computer skills and other talents to the benefit of the mission. He could do everything and did everything so willingly. We all loved him and enjoyed being around him. He frequently mentioned how much President Allen reminded him of his father. What a compliment for President Allen! We enjoyed the time he spent with us in the mission home. When it neared time for his release, he reserved the bunk bed where he wanted to sleep that last night with a large sign, "Reserved for Elder Whetten".
We were surprised in July to receive a phone call from him, wishing Sister Allen a "Happy Birthday". It was great to hear his voice again and were impressed that he would take the time to remember her. But then, that was Elder Whetten.
>From all those who knew him in the Washington Tacoma Mission, investigators, converts, companions, fellow missionaries and his mission president and wife, we extend to you, his family, our deepest sympathy. We, too, feel a great loss in the untimely death of your loved one. The Lord needs great missionaries on the other side and Elder Whetten was one of the great ones who was well prepared.
With warmest regards,
President and Sister Allen
Washington Tacoma Mission
ELDER BEN BALDWIN (COMPANION)
I knew jake from the mission field. He was my first and only trainee. I remember when I went to the church to pick him up on his first day in the field, they told me I was going to be with Elder Whetten from Hawaii. I imagined a plump round polynesian in my head. Those who knew him can imagine my suprise when I first saw him, since Jake was almost the exact opposite. Towering above me at 6'7" I saw my new very tall and white companion. He seemed to be in a bit of a daze, but it wore off quickly and he dove right into the work. We served together for 3 months and it was a delight. He was an easy trainee. He worked hard to learn the gospel so he could share it with others. He always did what I asked of him, and always had a good spirit about him. Once our appartment became infested with rats. We found out that one of them had a hiding place inside of our living room chair. I said, "Elder Whetten, you go over by the kitchen. If this rat gets past me he's going to come your way, don't let him get by." The next thing I knew Jake had a table turned over, blocking the way to the kitchen, and he was on his knees with a frying pan in each hand in the 'ready to kill' position. Sure enough as I tried to catch the rat he got past me and went over to Jake's territory. I'll never forget the sight of my giant friend swinging away with both pans, smashing everything except for the rat, which was running in circles around Jake for his life. Somehow that rat got away but in doing so he revealed his other secret hiding place which later lead to his downfall. The news of Jake's passing away came as a huge shock to me. I am in Hawaii right now on my honeymoon and I was so excited to see Jake again (not knowing that he was in Utah the whole time). I called his mom on Thursday to see if I could visit him, and she kindly gave me his cell phone number where I could reach him in Utah. I called his cell phone a couple of days later only to find his dad answering on the other end. Later that night I saw a short clip of him on the Hawaii news. I don't know anybody that didn't like Jake. He was one of a kind. To his family, I am sorry for your loss, it is truely a great one. To Jake, I am not worried about you... I know where you are.
ELDER BRANDON WELCH
Although I served with Jake in the Washington Tacoma Mission, I knew Jake a year before when we were both going to BYU summer term 2001. We lived next to eachother in DT-R Hall. With that we ended up doing a lot of stuff together. We were in the same ward, I was his family home evening 'dad', I remember going to Bridal Falls and having a picnic with some girls, I remember camping out on DT field with him one night, I remember when we got a water ballon launcher and launched water balloons at EFY kids then ran from the cops when they came after us! lol. We have a ton of crazy stories from that summer.
I was way excited when I found that I was going to be in the same mission as Jake. He even sent me a letter when I was in the MTC letting me know what the mission was like(he also wanted me to smuggle him some Barqs from the MTC). Whenever we saw eachother we would always talk about the funny things we did together at BYU. We would also talk about the people we both knew and how they were all getting married. When he was the mission secretary he was my inside connection to mission supplies and BoM's. Any time I needed anything Jake would hook me up. Half way through our mission we ended up serving in the same ward, Centralia. Then when he went to Eatonville I went to Graham, which is the same zone. Then when he went to Morton, I went to Rochester. So we served around eachother a bunch and would always laugh about the things we did. He was a solid missionary and we could always trust him, we never had to worry about his area. I wonder if his voice is still the one on President Allen's voice mail??
Our lives crossed paths just at the end of August when he came up to New York to go to Todd Hawkins wedding reception. It was a great suprise to see him there, we spent the whole wedding reception just remembering again and laughing about all the funny things we did together before and during our mission. I just laugh when I think about all the memories Jake and I have together.
This is crazy. All I can say is that is took Jake 21 years to reach the point it takes everyone else 80 years to reach- perfection.
love ya bro
ZACHER FAMILY (SEE PICTURE IN GALLERY THAT GOES WITH THIS E-MAIL)
We are so sorry for your loss of your wonderful son who touched our hearts.
Love Joe, Jodi Zacher, and Family (Morton Ward)
ELDER & SISTER DEAN
ELDER WESTON BROADBENT
Two years ago in September your son Jake trained me in the Washington Tacoma Mission in the city of Spanaway, WA. We spent that Halloween together and had a great time carving pumpkins. I served around him again when he was in the office. We were at the same dinner appointments together. He grew to become a good friend in the field. He is such a likable guy, I mean everybody liked him. I remember one night when we were saying prayers we turned off the lights to go to bed and I thought he was walking in a different direction than I was. It was pitch black and I couldn't see and I remember smashing into him. It was so funny, we laughed for a good while. I hadn't laughed that hard since being on the mission. It is one of my favorite memories.
In the mission, when you train somebody it is said that you are that person's father and the greenie is your son. I am happy to have been blessed with such a great lineage. Jake was the best! I am sure that he is doing exactly what Heavenly Father intended for him.
ELDER DEAN WATANABE
Hello, my name is Dean Watanabe. I served in the mission office with Jake. I have a few pictures of him, and I thought you might want to post them on the website. I don't really know what to say, but I do know that he was a great man, and he taught me a lot. He taught me the joy in service. he taught me how to get along with anybody, and he taught me how to stay awake on extended car trips. I'll always remember him as a friend and an example to me. I'm so sorry for your loss, but I do know that he is with our loving father in heaven, and that he is very proud of him. Thank you so much for allowing me to know your son.
With Deepest Gratitude,
SISTER JAN CONGER
Dear Whetten family, My name is Sis. Jan Conger. I was President Allens Secretary at the time Elder Whetten worked in the Taacoma Washington Mission Office. We in the office came to love Elder Whetten so much. He was so dilligent in serving the Lord and so polite to us older folks. He was wonderful on the computers and wonderful with his fellow missionaries. We loved his sense of humor. He loved you his family very much. He talked often about living in Hawaii and what a wonderful family he had. My heart is broken for your loss. I am sure that the Lord must have needed this fine young man on the other side. I will never forget him. I am sure that the mission office must still have pictures of him and I will see if we can find them and send them to you. Sincerly, Sis. Conger