Jonathan J.-Simpson-Obituary

Sgt. Jonathan J. Simpson

Rockport, Texas


Rockport, Texas


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Jonathan J. Simpson was born in Canada, but all he wanted to do was be a Marine. "You had to have citizenship to join the service back then," said his father, Frank. "He got his citizenship on the Fourth of July weekend in 2000, and it wasn''t long before he joined the Marines." Simpson, 25, who grew up in Quebec with his mother and lately lived in Rockport, Texas, was killed Oct. 14 in a shoot-out in Anbar province. He was assigned to Camp Pendleton. "He loved Padre Island and surfing," his father said. "He was a good kid. He went for one year to Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. He made the dean''s list." Simpson''s cousin, Abraham Simpson, was killed in 2004 in Fallujah. Photos of the two men in full dress uniform are displayed side-by-side at the Rockport Wal-Mart with other local military personnel. "He lived life to the fullest," said Sgt. Graham Deniston. "He lived it like he wasn''t going to be around tomorrow. I was always talking about the future, telling him to think about what''s down the road but he knew he had to do what''s right and enjoy life. And he did." He also is survived by his mother, Johanne Paquette.

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Remembering you and all you gave my fellow brother in arms.

Semper Fi,

SGT Simpson: Like 2LT Buchholz, I was introduced to the story of you and your cousin (LCpl Abraham Simpson) during a very memorable OCS Phase. Know that your family still proudly carries your torch of dedication to our country, as your uncle trains new generations of leaders while selflessly serving. The dedication you demonstrated on the field of battle has been witnessed and recounted here by your brothers-in-arms, and the passion associated with how your story was shared with us will...

I was introduced to this fine marine through a memoir video put together by his father, CW2 Simpson while at OCS. I will never forget the impact that video made upon me.

OC John Buchholz
OCS 2014

flight planning - he hated it

Marine Corps Ball, 2003

Left to right top then bottom: Hopkins Haaga, Samuelsen, Kidd, Birtch, Amster, Fahmer, Rambo, Burke, Austin, Elwell, Quick, Stewart, Simpson, Baldwin.

JJ, my friend. For three short years we talked, ran, trained, worked, traveled the Pacific, and played together. I will never forget the first time you told me you wanted to transition to Recon, the hours we spent talking about it, the many times I drove you to Camp Hansen for the indoc training, the hours I spent within you going over your transition paperwork, the day we celebrated because you were accepted as a candidate, and the last time I saw you when you left Okinawa to begin your...

My friend, I didnt know you long. We never spoke to eachother. My job was to keep you alive, but your wounds were too great. Since that day I've lived with the idea that I didn't do enough. I know now I did my best. I will never forget you or that day.

To the family and friends of Sgt. Jonathan J. Simpson:
Please accept my remembrance of Jonathan on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.