Jason Yeager passed away April 3, 2018 in the arms of his loving parents. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 10, at First Lutheran Church, Bismarck, with Rev. Allen Wagner officiating. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 with a prayer service at 7:00 on Monday, Apr. 9, at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Jason was born on April 24, 1974 to Ron and Debbie (Dockter) Yeager in Dickinson, ND. Born with Down Syndrome was never a deterrent to his life’s’ plan. He preferred to let everyone know he had “Up Syndrome”. This attitude set the stage for Jason’s life. Unknown to Jason and his family, his life choices would affect not only him, but others like Jason. He was a pioneer in the world of disabilities.
Jason was involved with many endeavors while in high school at BHS. He was in play production, student counsel vice president, staff writer for the High Herold. He wrote an essay for the Daughters of the American Revolution contest labeled “What it means to me to be an American”. He won a National award for it. Jason loved sports and approached Coach Steve Miller about being on the basketball team. He was student manager all through high school and loved every minute of it. Thank you, Steve Miller, you definitely made a big difference in Jason’s life. Based on Jason’s love for sporting competition, Special Olympics were started in Bismarck by his dad rounding up volunteers to help out. Within a short time, Special Olympics grew to a year-round program with six sports in the Bismarck/Mandan area.
He was on the board of directors for Designer Genes, Sporting Chance, and the ARC. He also testified at legislative hearings for the ARC lawsuit, and signed petitions for “Disabilities Month” with three different Governors. He also met with Senator Hoven and Representative Cramer in Washington, DC on issues pertaining to people with disabilities.
Jason lived in his own apartment for 17 years. Worked his whole adult life and loved to go “clubbing” on Friday night to enjoy music and dance. Hence, the nickname “Romeo” for being the preferred dance partner for the ladies!
Jason loved Grandma’s potato salad, music, fishing with Grandpa, hunting and watching professional sports.
Jason will be forever loved and missed by his parents; grandmother, Esther Yeager; Brother Scott and Theresa Yeager, their children, Quinn and Teagan; Sister Nevaeh Yeager. Aunts and Uncles, Tim Dockter; Karen and Dan Preszler; Wayne Yeager and Sharene Haux. Special cousin Jennifer Ross and many more cousins and their families.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Arnold and Arlene Dockter; Burton Yeager; and Uncle Robert Yeager.
A special thank you to Enable, Inc. with whom Jason lived at East Plainview Group Home and received Adult Daytime Programing services from during the last three and half years, while dealing with dementia.