Thursday April 22nd, 2021
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A tender heart was released from this world on Sunday, April 11. Our beloved Jacob Alexander Lee (Jake), age 23, passed away in his Davis home due to an accidental drug overdose.
Jake was living a life he loved. He had a wonderful apartment where he was surrounded by orderly stacks of the vinyl albums and books he treasured. Most prominent among his personal pictures were photos of Jake with his arm around his older sister, Shayna, who showed him unwavering love and support.
He spent as much time as he could hanging out with his friends, talking, teasing, and laughing. Jake generously shared details of his long-time struggles with depression and anxiety. His years of work to understand himself and build a life made him a sensitive friend and non-judgmental confidante.
Jake was an English major in Arizona State University’s online undergraduate program, and was steadily progressing toward graduation. He worked at a local restaurant, where he shared his warmth and dry wit with co-workers and many regular customers, some of whom had known him since childhood. Among his earlier milestones was his bar mitzvah at age 13 in Davis.
His sly, quick sense of humor was his calling card, as were the evocative, sometimes esoteric T-shirts he wore. He could completely disarm with an astute observation.
And he always carried a book. David Foster Wallace was a favorite, but he was just as likely to report that he had finished something by Shakespeare, was embarking on a 19th- or early-20th-century author such as Marcel Proust, or was enjoying the irreverent humor of Hunter S. Thompson.
He is survived by his sister, Shayna Alexis Lee; his mother, Kristin (Little) Lee; his father Richard L. Lee; his grandmother Marian L. Little; uncle Sandy Little; aunt Kelley Blewster; aunt Molly Little; uncle Jeremy Lee; uncle Michael Lee; aunt Cynthia Tarkanian-Lee; and numerous extended family members. He was preceded in death by grandparents Ruth Lee Wise; Jack Lee; and Mac Little; and by his step-grandfather, Henry Wise.
A graveside service will be held for Jake on Thursday, April 22, promptly at 3 PM in the Jewish section of the Davis Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Smith Funeral Home.
Reception following service: Garden Hilton Patio, 110 F Street, Davis
All guests attending the reception need to be fully vaccinated or test negative for COVID. Free testing is available 7-days a week through Healthy Davis Together (Agency code = Davis). COVID-19 Testing, Davis, CA - Healthy Davis Together
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Dear Kristy, Rich and Shayna,We are so sorry for your loss. We are so sad. As parents with kids of a similar age, we cannot even imagine your pain. We wish you love to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and happy memories to forever hold in your hearts. We will be here for you!The Renaudin family
The Renaudin family Apr 26 2021 12:00 AM
I went to elementary school with Jake and always remember him being so kind to others even though he was the funniest kid in class and definitely didn't need to be nice to be accepted. He noticed people who weren't noticed and never made other people the butt of the joke but instead included them. He was unique, bright, and really a shining light even at a young age. He was incredibly smart, witty, and knew who he was when a lot of kids didn't. I feel so lucky to have known him as children and can't imagine the devastation in not seeing him grow up, my heart is with his family.
Kate Gieschen Apr 25 2021 12:00 AM
Sincerest sympathies, Sending you and your family thoughts, love and heartfelt prayers that you may find strength.A child is always with us. First in their lifetime, then forever in our memory. Jeff Buel
Jeff Buel Apr 22 2021 12:00 AM
I grew up playing baseball and went to school with Jake until high school. I havent spoken to him in years, but the memories we made playing sports, going to class, eating lunch, and just spending time with each other will never be forgotten. I didnt have many friends in the early years of my life, but Jake was always incredibly nice to me and fun to spend time with. He will be missed
Chase Apr 22 2021 12:00 AM
My sincere and deepest sympathy Kristy! With love, Fernanda Ehrstrom
Fernanda Ehrstrom Apr 22 2021 12:00 AM
Rich and Shayna,Please know our thoughts are with you- may the memory of Jake always be a blessing.David and Judy Reuben
David and Judy Reuben Apr 21 2021 12:00 AM
Kristy, My heart is broken for you, Jake was a kind and loving young manwho had so much more life to live. Just thinking about our boys growing up, spending so much of their childhood with each other. Our families will always be connected. They are both playing music together up in heaven.
sue shepps Apr 21 2021 12:00 AM
Dearest Kristy, sending you and your family my thoughts and prayers and wishing you much strength. May memories of Jacob's life always be with you and console you during this time of grief. Much love, Irene Psyrra
Irene Psyrra Apr 19 2021 12:00 AM
Jake was a really good guy. He was insightful, compassionate, and always had a good perspective on life. I would bring up something I was struggling with and he would see it from an angle I hadn't even thought of, and he was honest--Jake offering his perspective made me a better person. He and I went to preschool together and nearly 20 years later, in 2019, I met him again, and the fact that he still remembered me from preschool made me realize what a thoughtful person he was. He had incredible self-awareness, and he showed a genuine interest in others' experiences. His sense of humor was unique and appreciated--it was always nice to hear him crack a joke, finding humor in life even when things were hard. He never stopped exploring new ideas, often jotting down intriguing thoughts in a notebook he brought with him, and was always eager to hear new music recommendations. I know Jake struggled with a lot and I'm proud of him for how much he persevered through. I wish he was still here today...the world felt a little lighter with him in it. Even after writing all this, I'm realizing there's truly no words for what a unique, genuine person he was. He offered a lot to this world.To his family and loved ones, know that he touched a lot of lives in a positive way. He brought light into the world, and his sensitivity, vulnerability, insight, intelligence, curiosity, and compassion will be remembered and missed. Jake's passing is a huge loss. I feel so lucky to have known him. I am so sorry and wish you all the best during this impossible time. Please take care.
Mel Olsson Apr 18 2021 12:00 AM
My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May this tree be a living memory of Jacob. Sincerely, Calvin Schmidt
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