'TEACHER seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.' Daniel Quinn, from his book 'Ishmael' Jason Michael Lynch left us on January 15, 2013, surrounded by family and friends. While he lost his battle with cancer, cancer did not define his life. Jason's life was defined by his love for family, music, math, learning, friends, and a true belief that 'there is no one right way to live.' Jason was born in Montrose, Colorado, but lived most of his adult life in Pueblo. He graduated from Centennial High School in 2001. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado in 2005. He enjoyed reading, politics, travel, adventure, and horticulture. Jason was as passionate about teaching as he was about learning. Everyone that met Jason loved his vibrant sense of humor and tender, compassionate presence. He loved debating politics and was extremely well versed on current issues related to economics. Jason started his musical career with his first drum set when he was in middle school. He eventually gave percussion lessons to share his love of the instrument. A versatile musician, he played with several different bands doing a variety of music styles. He was most notably associated with The Family Juls Band. He regularly performed in Pueblo and southern Colorado. Coors Tavern, The Beer Barrel, and the Riverside pubs were regular venues for Jason and the band. He spent the last two years of his life doing something he truly loved...teaching kids about math. He taught at Central High School in Pueblo, Colorado. He had three rules in his classroom. Peace - respect each other, Love - treat everyone with compassion, and Math - follow Mr. Lynch's rules. He loved teaching, spending time with his students and making mathematics meaningful to them in their lives. He would frequently provide extra tutoring when they struggled and started the first Chess Club to keep then engaged in learning. He taught English in Seoul, Korea, for two years prior to joining the faculty at Central High School in Pueblo. Jason's most fond memories included traveling abroad with his best friends. He traveled to Asia, Venezuela, London, and Amsterdam. Jason is survived by his mother, Renee Elwell; his father, Ed Lynch; and step-mother, Janet Lynch. He is also survived by siblings, Amanda, Karen, David, and Jonny Lynch. Special thanks to his dear friends, Kevin and Cody Buchanan, Seth and Shane Urban, Julie Bayci, Kevin Hall, Richard Trujillo, Pat Krasovec, and Sandy Nebl. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Service, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. Memorials may be made to the Jason Michael Lynch Memorial Education Fund to be used for education and scholarships through Wells Fargo Bank. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Renee, please accept my sincere condolences at the loss of your beloved son. You have been heavy on my mind, I continue to pray for you. God Bless you and all of Jason’s family. Nancy Foulk

  2. I had the pleasure of meeting Jason in Korea. He certainly touched the lives of all those he spent time with. I smile when I think of Jason playing his drums and rocking out to The Doors. Happy times. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time xx

  3. Renee, though I never met your son I recall you speaking of him often and with great praise and happiness. From hearing your stories and this, he must have lived his life to the fullest and that is not something we can all say. So sorry for yours and the rest of the families loss.

  4. Renee, Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and Jason. Your relationship with Jason was one that I held up as the way it should be between Mom and Son. Your life together was one of love and commitment that will always be remembered as the way it should be. Jason is at peace and you will know that your love was a sustaining light in his life. Love to you my friend, Jane Robbe Rhodes

  5. Renee, I am truly saddened to hear of your loss. While I remember meeting Jason as a youngster, I didn’t know him that well. But, knowing you I can imagine what a person and man he became. You were such an inspiration to all of us Firemen and EMT’S in Fowler and we credit you for our many accomplishments. Richard Jensen

  6. Beyond the winter’s darkness waits the gentle light of spring and reminds us that you will smile again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Jason was a very high energetic student who knew his passion right away after playing them drums man! He’d have a smile a mile wide when doing so! I had a chance to visit with Jason over Thanksgiving. He was a kind soul who never spoke ill will against anyone! His smile was so infectious that even on the worst of my days, he’d make me smile too! The man was a math genius! His passion went much further above & beyond, when he loved to do what he did! I will miss this man & his mission has really now taken him to a “Higher Education”! God Bless you Jason. May you forever rest in Peace & may GOD rest your soul!

  8. Renee, I’m not sure if your remember us, but we have a son Jason that was battling Leukemia when both of the boys were young and we became aquainted thru your mom and the Belmont Nazarene church. My father had told me that your mom had said Jason was not doing well. It really broke out hearts. Even though we have not kept in touch he was always in our thoughts wondering how he was doing. His short life sounds like it was lived to the fullest and he will be missed. We wanted to express our condolences and how hard it was to hear about his passing. He was truly a special angel. May God comfort and be with you. Rick, Julie, & Jason Caveza

  9. Jason was and is the best big brother anyone could ask for, he played with us(his siblings) when we were younger, teaching us all sorts of different games from playground games to card games. As we grew he was always patient with us when we were being silly or stupid, and kept on loving us. He would take us to movies or to get treats and we would play air drums in the car with him. Eventually it moved on from air drums to the actual drum set, he taught me everything from basic rock beats to mapping out songs and playing along with the drum beats in them. Jason was always encouraging and loving, the best big brother in the entire world.

  10. Renee, so very sorry for your loss. You taught me so much about enjoying each stage of life with my own sons. Jason was truly a special soul. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Jason was truly a great soul- a man who inspired humility and passion. His talents were immense, yet he was one of the most unassuming humans I’ve ever met. I will truly miss seeing him playing the drums, embellishing everyone’s voice while seated comfortably in the shade. Jason lived in 30 years what most never live in 100. My heart is with Renee and his family.

  12. Kevin called me yesterday with the sad news that Jason died on Jan.15. I was filled with sadness. I know it was a privilege for Kevin to have Jason as his roommate in College. he was an extraordinary person. though I have only met him a couple of times, I remember him fondly. from thousands of miles away, my thoughts are with you as you are faced with the cruel loss of your beloved son. Love to you from Austria. Charlotte

  13. Renee and family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Larry remembers Jason as a little guy when you would come to Fowler to teach the EMS continuing ed. Jason would sit there, like a respectful little man and just listen. His patients at that age in itself, impressed Larry. With respect, Larry and Gale Mason

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