Jason Coffman (1981 - 2018)

Obituary
  • "I still can not believe this is real. I love you Jason and..."
    - KIMBERLY MITCHELL
  • "Beautiful heart, loving soul may those that left before you..."
    - Stephanie Lynch
  • "U have forever made an impact in my life.I will never..."
    - Lisa DeMarco
  • "Gone to soon, but your laugh, joy and spirit will live on..."
    - Linda and Paul Wolynic
  • "I am so sorry for loss Kim, I love that you a making a..."
    - Sarah Ballew

Jason Coffman
09/03/1981 - 06/28/2018
Jason Coffman, 36, born September 3, 1981 in Daytona Beach. He was lifelong resident of both South Daytona and Port Orange. He wanted to live, but on June 28th, 2018 he lost his battle. He loved life, baseball, softball, surfing, boating and the Orlando Magic. More than anything, he loved his son, Aiden. Jason was extremely intelligent, his quick wit and can do attitude made him a force to be reckoned with. Although the youngest in his class, he excelled at everything and his amazing teachers saw the witty, big hearted, happy, albeit handful child, until 5th grade, when a teacher tried to put that hunter spirit into a farmer's seat, this began our journey of failed systems. After an incident, the Vice Principal called me to say "The school system had failed him." He had reviewed his test scores and most certainly belonged in gifted. He was tested and indeed accepted. After research, counseling and his determination not to leave his friends, I elected not to send him, but quickly changed my mind when the teacher would not budge on making allowances for him. Gratefully, schools have changed. By 6th grade his baseball coach who was also an ESE Teacher, said "Jason is textbook ADHD." Yes, indeed he was, but he refused medication on the principal that it "stunted his personality with his friends". Yes, his words. I have to laugh because his personality and wit was unmatchable even when you really wanted to shake him. This was beginning of years of battling with lack of resources for mental health as well as now beginning of self-medication. At 14, I baker acted him. I was told he most definitely needed inpatient care, but the Doctor would not sign off on it. I begged and offered to pay but to no avail. She ordered outpatient, when he was released, he immediately ran away leaving a note promising to do better. Another system failed. The mental illness as well as drug use continued to escalate to Manic Bipolar, Severe PTSD, and psychosis. This has to stop, we need help! Mental illness and addiction go hand in hand. We must get loud and demand change. His last words "I don't wanna do this!" These early morning words will haunt me but more importantly, I hope they haunt those involved. #GetloudforJason #FEDUP. Jason had so many great plans. His brain never stopped with a million ways to make millions. He wanted to live and most of all do it to take care of his son and all of his family. He seriously could do anything he set his mind to. He wanted desperately to be "normal", to make us proud and prove others wrong. I believe his death will not be in vain. He may have lost his battle, but not the war. Tallahassee here we come! He had the biggest heart and would literally give the shirt of his back. He was notorious for bringing home stray pit bulls and finding them homes (when I was at my limit). He loved kids and they loved him. His sense of humor and quick wit was part of his charm. Once you saw his heart, he owned a piece of it. It would be so hard to stay mad at him as he would turn most anything into humor. I loved that about him. Jason is survived by his beloved son Aiden Matthew. His Mother, Kimberly Mitchell. Port Orange, Brother Travis Mitchell, Tampa, Brother Tommy Coffman, Alabama, Maternal Grandmother, Brenda Silvers, Port Orange. Paternal Grandparents Don and Mary Buckman, Springfield, Ill. His Aunt Cheryl "Joey" Catherwood (Mike) and slew of cousins. He was predeceased by his Dad, Robert E. Mitchell, and Father, Thomas Lee Coffman. And Uncle James Buckman. Please join us in a day of Celebration of Life, July 22, 2018, 11:30 – 5pm at The Riverside Pavilion Association located at 3341 Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange, FL 32129. Also reserved are 2 covered pavilion (brings suits and towels) at the Riverfront Splash park and playground Inside will be open house with food and drink, casual, family friendly day to enjoy friends and family. We will have time for reflection and sharing at approx.1pm. In lieu of flowers, we will be setting up account and future fundraisers for Aiden Matthew Coffman.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from July 13 to July 15, 2018