- About Us
Jason George Edward BerensJune 12, 1976 ~ March 31, 2017 (age 40)
Jason was born at Balboa Naval Hospital, in San Diego, Calif. to Steve & Sharon Berens.
Being the son of a Naval Corpsman, his early beginnings found home between the sunny skies & warm breezes of Southern Calif.to the autumnal leaves ,whirling in the crisp, cool air of Groton, Conn. Most of his life growing up was in Tacoma. From Annie Wright to Wilson High he made his way - marching to his own drummer @ times. Those who knew him or perhaps remember him in those days - from the orange Mohawk & Doc Martins to the Punk Rock scene with a Syd Vicious T & wallet dangling on a chain secured on Levi's or camo's , know his passion for music was only expanding.
Honing his craft with music found him taking lessons with some of South Sound's greats - the late Evan Groom on guitar, along with reading & writing of music, to John Perky on percussion & drums. His late father, Steve, played guitar with the Tacoma band, "The Cavaliers", in the 60's.
Jason had a love for most music - we shared many hours listening to Coltrane, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry & Hendrix to Culture Club, Sex Pistols - and the list goes on. His true love was Punk Rock, however.
If he had his collection of vinyl spinning on the turntable or a set of drum sticks or his guitar in hand, his mind, body & soul seemed complete & in a good place. Gigs & shows only made it better.
Ken Wiley, host of the KNKX radio Sunday program - "The Art of Jazz" - recently shared this thought: " Music is a positive in our lives today, God knows we need that"
Rock on Jason with your band of angels.
He is survived by his mom, Sharon, Aunt Karen (Joe), Uncle Ken, & cousins Jenny, Emily,
Heidi, Kenny & Lexi, along with "brother" Lance & loving extended family & friends. He joins his late father, Steve, baby brother Christopher, Grandma B. & Grandpa & Grandma T.
I'd like to express my many thanks & appreciation to all the people in the health care profession for care & concern along Jason's journey - most recently, Dr. Espanol of Allenmore Hospital's
Outpatient Chemical Dependency Clinic & Heather Jolly , BA, at Greater Lakes Mental Health care
My family & I want to express our heartfelt thanks & gratitude for the love & support of close friends & extended family during this difficult time.
To all I extend this reminder: "Each day should be unwrapped like a precious gift". We never know how many tomorrows we may have.
Memorial gathering of family & close friends will be held @ Belle Terrace Apts., Tacoma, Wa., on Saturday, April 22, 2p.m. In the office- club house - on south end of the apartment complex.