Jason Sawyer


Jason Manley Sawyer, age 49, died on Sunday, September 15, 2019 in Bismarck, ND. Funeral services will take place at 11:00 am, Friday, September 20, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck.

Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 19 at 5 – 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:00 at Bismarck Funeral Home.

Jason was born on March 23, 1970 in Minot, ND to Wayne and Avis (Bjella) Sawyer. He graduated from Minot High School and later attended Minot State College, as well as University of North Dakota, obtaining a degree in psychology. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Colorado where he began his 22-year career with Enterprise.

Jason was a devoted, loving uncle and brother. In 2009, he moved back to Bismarck to help raise his niece and nephew. He loved watching them grow and was so proud of all their accomplishments.

Jason had a love of the outdoors, camping and most recently hunting and fishing. He was obsessed with the Dallas Cowboys and was a dedicated UND Sioux hockey fan. He adored his girlfriend, Tammy and enjoyed spending time with her and her family. Regardless if they belonged to family or friends, Jason had open and loving arms for all the children in his life. You could often find him in the crowd cheering them on at their events and activities.

Throughout his life, Jason was a loyal friend; always there with a helping hand and a listening ear. He had a quick wit, a huge smile and contagious laugh (especially when he was laughing the loudest at his own jokes). Jason made an impact on all those he encountered and will be missed by many.

Jason is survived by his sister, Kori Erikson, of Bismarck; his niece and nephew, Lauren and Ryan; his significant other, Tammy Roesler, of Mandan; and his brother, Mark Sawyer.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Blaine Erikson.


Kristin Meidinger
I already miss that smile, those one-liners and that huge heart. Love you, Manley. Rest in Peace, dear friend.

2019-09-17 13:50:22

Carrie  Olson Pitsenburger
Kori and family. I am so very sorry for the loss of your brother. He sounds like a wonderful caring person. Hugs to you.

2019-09-17 14:13:02

Tina Fabry
Dear Jason, its been a long time- in fact since our UWP Year- but my memories of you are all happy once. My thoughts are with family and friends. veel liefs, Tina Fabry _ Belgium

2019-09-17 14:40:44

Kristin Barth
We so enjoyed getting to know Jason over the years as we cheered on our kiddos at all their games together! He always offered a smile and had a great sense of humor! The love for family was always obvious when you were around Jason. He will be missed no doubt and my heart breaks as he is gone much too soon.

2019-09-17 14:57:34

Annika Rosenkvist, Sweden
WHY? dear Jason! I will miss you. Many fun, good and special memories will stay captured in my heart. It will take time to understand that you have left us so young and early. So unbelievable SAD. I wish we could talk instead of me writing here, I wasn’t done talking to you, following your footsteps in life. I can’t attend the funeral but hope it will be a filled with love from your special friends and loved ones. In my memory forever, ever. Hope to see you “on the other side”. Tårarna rinner ner på kinden…

2019-09-17 15:52:15

Neil & Shirley Bjella
Sincere loss of such a great person.

2019-09-17 16:10:39

Dawn Heskin
My prayers and sympathies to Jason’s family!! He had a smile that will forever be a memory in the hearts of many. RIP grade school buddy!!

2019-09-17 16:23:49

Rayann and Matt Lynch
We love you Jason. You will truly be missed.

2019-09-17 16:51:11

Rob Smith
Rest in Peace, Jason.

2019-09-17 18:10:23

Linda  Bjella
All I can say what a great nephew he was. The love ❤️ he had for his niece and nephew was unreal. Also he was born one day before cousin Rayann , my daughter. Kinda overwhelmed for Grandma and Grandpa Pretzer The love ❤️ between sister and brother really excavated after his heart attack. So happy when he met Tammy as you u could see sparkle in his eyes and the love he had for her. Prayers. ❤️ and hugs to all. Aunt Linda.

2019-09-17 18:20:43

Shauna Narum
Tammy, So sorry to hear of your loss. It looks like you had found happiness and a soulmate in Jason. Prayers and hugs to you.

2019-09-17 18:37:53

Kent Craghead
I had the pleasure to travel with Jason in Up With People. Cast 88A is sending our thoughts and prayers to Jason’s family from all over the world.

2019-09-17 19:09:56

Richard Anhorn
We lost a kind soul.

2019-09-17 19:32:49

Maureen Rush-Bogutz
I too had the pleasure of travelling with Jason in Up With People. I remember him fondly with a ready smile. Sending my condolences to all of your family and friends. Rest In Peace, Jason, and hope your practicing your swing claps in heaven! ❤️

2019-09-17 19:57:05

Joy & Bruce Anderson
Ahh Jason, you gave it one tough fight. Still trying to wrap my head\ heart around that you are gone from us… Will always remember your quick wit & one-liners! That contagious laugh … YOU were amazing to your dear nephew & niece, & for always being right there beside your awesome sister ❤️ We love you Jason Until we meet again …

2019-09-17 20:15:35

Jane Urbatsch
Oh Jason, Kori, Lauren and Ryan were so very blessed to have you in there lives. You were there to take over and help Kori when their daddy died and there for them every step of their young lives. You will be so very missed but you definately left a legacy in your niece and nephew. You were so very loved by all who knew you. See you on the other side cuz❤️❤️❤️❤️

2019-09-17 20:20:33

John  Rieke
Words seem so inadequate right now. It was my privilege to know Jason for a few short years. His wit and generous spirit were always fun to be around. His love and constant support for Kori, Lauren, and Ryan was amazing to watch. I am a better man for having known him. I look forward to seeing him again one day in Heaven. God Bless his memory and God Bless Kori, Lauren and Ryan. May you feel God’s peace in the days ahead. ❤️

2019-09-17 21:10:46

Stephanie Hiemstra
Kori, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

2019-09-17 22:21:54

Lisa Sproule
I worked with Jason years and years ago at County Seat in the mall in Minot….such a great person!! I’m so sorry to hear of his passing….. prayers to his family during this difficult time❤️❤️

2019-09-17 23:08:23

Beth & Jamey Landenberger
So happy for the good times spent, but so sad to have to say goodbye much too soon. I know you will continue to be a part of our get togethers thru memories and smart ass humor. Our family will miss you!!

2019-09-17 23:36:56

David  Zimmerman
Kori, I am very sad to hear of your brother’s passing. You all are in my prayers. May he rest in peace.

2019-09-18 07:41:33

Annette & Kirk Hoff
We are so sorry to hear about Jason. We know he was such a great support to you Kori, Lauren, and Ryan. He was an amazing person for that. Prayers sent to you and that he may Rest In Peace.

2019-09-18 09:04:12

Charlie  Haight
I had the pleasure of spending a year of my life traveling and playing trumpet in Up With People with Jason. I remember him for a great warm smile, kind heart and wonderful sense of humor. The world is a better place for him being here. So sorry for your loss.

2019-09-18 09:36:01

Jeff Chiles
RIP Jason. See you in the next life.

2019-09-18 15:53:54

Maggie Saunders
My deepest condolences to Jason’s family. I too traveled with Jason in Up With People. I remember his quick funny come backs to my attempted jokes. So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

2019-09-18 21:35:55

Mary Kay Hasemann
Deepest condolences to Jason’s family and friends. Though it has been a long time since seeing him, he is remembered fondly. UWP A ’88

2019-09-18 21:41:59

Rochelle Feldner
My deepest sympathy to Jason’s family & friends. I had the honor of being his band teacher for 2 years at Minot High School – Central Campus. He was an excellent trumpet player and musician. His infectious smile and wit were such a ray of sunshine everyday! Rest in Peace Jason!

2019-09-19 00:09:29

Ken High
Although it’s been years since we spent time together, I still have such great memories of traveling with you in UWP. Such a funny, generous, positive person. I’m sorry that we didn’t get to spend time together in the intervening years and sorrier still that we won’t have the opportunity going forward. To Jason’s family and friends, my deepest condolences. He will be missed! RIP.

2019-09-19 01:42:42

Nathalie  Verhulst
So sad to hear this news. I will always remember you with warm thoughts Jason. I’m grateful that we got to spent a great year together in Up with people. Thoughts and prayers for your family and friends. Rest in peace Jason, one day we will meet again !

2019-09-19 07:57:07

Michelle Torno Fundingsland
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thoughts of having fun at Bel Air grade school and growing up are in my mind. School and band. So sorry for your loss.

2019-09-19 10:35:06

vicki (Graham Tire)
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of sorrow. Jason you will be truly missed.

2019-09-19 12:13:20

Brett & Diane Rudrude
Our deepest condolences to the family and Jason’s loved ones. Jason, you had the biggest heart, most joyful laughter, and were a great friend to so many. You will be greatly missed, but will live on in our hearts and memories.

2019-09-19 12:47:16

Tara (White) Carothers
Jason was a beacon of light, a friend, and an inspiration to everyone he met. He leaves a void in the world with his passing. Rest In Peace Jason!

2019-09-19 21:04:56

Penny Wright
Jason and I traveled together in Up With People Cast A’88. He was a funny, talented, caring person and was always kind to me. There are heart breaking all over the world as our global cast family mourns losing him too soon. My prayers are with his family and friends – may God grant you peace and comfort during this time. – Penny (Poteet) Wright

2019-09-19 22:27:30

Joe Daum
Jason was one of the kindest most genuine individuals i met. He was a mentor and a friend. Every time he called it wasn’t just business he checked in with you to make sure you were okay. When i was working crazy hours for 3 months straight last summer, jason called me weekly to check in with me to make sure i was okay. I won’t ever forget that. Wouldn’t of made it through that without him. Thank you my friend. God speed and ill see you down the line

2019-09-19 22:58:02

Tristan Scheig
Had the pleasure of meeting Jason in the early 90’s playing softball throughout the area. He was a good teammate and friend. I think part of his pants or skin still maybe on an infield in Turtle Lake from a hard slide… Sorry for your loss.

2019-09-20 07:22:25

George  McNeir
An amazing person with a level of caring and compassion few will ever be able to match. Jason – thank you for being such a great role model, mentor to many, and someone I could be lucky enough to call a friend. Words cannot express how much you will be missed.

2019-09-20 13:19:54

Chris and Kim  Milbrath
We have many fond memories of Jason. He will truly be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

2019-09-20 19:48:50

Delores Schmitcke
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

2019-09-21 15:18:28

Deena  DuBose
To Jason’s family, l wanted to take time to say that l am praying fir you all during this difficult time. The Cast A 88/89 family is feeling your pain and are standing with you in spirit….Jason became family to all of us and his presence will be missed

2019-09-21 21:37:32

JuLee Brand
When someone shines at brightly as Jason, it is hard to miss and harder still to forget. It has been many years but the memories of your humor and optimistic outlook on life will remain with me forever. Rest easy, my friend.

2019-09-24 17:20:45

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