On Friday, October 25, 2013, God gained another angel. Jeffery Jacob Columbus died at the young age of 22, after a courageous six year battle with cancer.
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At sixteen, Jeff faced his diagnosis head on with wisdom, strength and determination beyond his years. He never once felt sorry for himself and wouldn't tolerate others feeling sorry for him either. He was determined not to let the disease define or dictate the person he would become.
As a teenager, he loved riding his bike, paintballing, video games and any outdoor activity. His natural talent and competitive nature allowed him to excel at just about anything he tried. As a man, he traded in his mountain bike for a Dodge Charger and trained for Jujitsu Cage fighting where he proudly obtained his blue belt this year.
Jeff's pride and joy were his three huskies, Kyuss, Kodiak and Kona; he even took up dog sledding, with dreams of one day being a part of the Iditarod. Jeff was a passionate, quick-witted, caring, scholarly person with strong opinions. He never broke a promise, and "giving up" wasn't in his vocabulary. You either did or did not, there wasn't such a thing as just trying.
We will remember Jeff as a fighter who deflected the blows of life with undying strength and courage. When we think of Jeff, we will remember the man who had become our pillar of strength, who always protected the ones he loved by putting on a smile. We will remember him, standing tall, chest out and head held high, living each moment to the fullest. We will remember him not only as our son, our brother, our nephew, our cousin, our friend, but as our rock, and our hero.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Dec. 8, 2013