JASON J. BELL
1964 - 2016
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BELL JASON J BELL, 51, of Jacksonville, Florida, died on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. He was born to Alan Quinn Bell and Margaret Ann Bell in Baltimore, Maryland on December 13, 1964. He grew up in the Holiday Hill and Deerwood neighborhoods, and married the love of his life, Donna (Burk) Bell, in Jacksonville over 27 years ago. He is survived by his wife, Donna; his two children, Andrew J. Bell (26) and Genevieve Bell (24); his parents, Alan Quinn Bell and Margaret Ann Bell; his siblings, Jeffrey Jon Bell, Cheryl Bell (Robert) Thompson, and James Justin (Lisa) Bell. Jason graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1982, and received his BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida in 1986. He had a distinguished career designing diagnostics and radar systems for the Navy. He also operated his own software design company. Jason had an exceptional mind and many diverse talents. He could fix an old lawn mower or develop complex software. He really enjoyed a lively debate. He was curious about the essence of each thing and idea he encountered. He loved to travel and he was awed by nature, whether it was the stars above or the woods in his own backyard. He valued authenticity and despised any form of pretension. Most of all, Jason was a devoted husband, father and son, with unwavering loyalty to the many people he loved. Flowers or memorial donations are welcomed. Jason's favorite charities are Catholic Relief Services, Metro Kids Konnection, Operation New Hope, and City Rescue Mission. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, in Mandarin Presbyterian Church, 11844 Mandarin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32223, followed by interment in Mandarin Cemetery. There will be a reception for all friends and family immediately afterwards at the Bell Family Home, 980 Fruit Cove Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32259. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin 11801 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com 904-288-0025



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Published in Florida Times-Union on Oct. 2, 2016.
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4
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4
Interment
Mandarin Cemetery
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October 20, 2016
I am sorry for your family's loss.
I was on a temporary detail at NAS JAX this summer and I met Jason when I first got on base. He treated me like an old friend and showed me around and described how things work. I appreciated his kindness and he seemed like a great and intelligent person.
Im grateful that I met him.
Sincerely, Lonnie
Lonnie Snyder
October 10, 2016
I am so sad that Jason has left us so early. I was privileged to have known him since I started work at the Naval Aviation Depot in June 1987. When we carpooled together for a couple of years, I got to hang out with him after work most days of the week and talk about science and engineering, think of inventions, and tinker with his audio capture and digital processing hardware/software project. After comparing notes about classes at UF (Jason graduated the semester before me), we realized that we had a couple of classes together, although we did not yet know each other). Jason loved to be intellectually challenged in conversation, on any subject. He once wrote lyrics to a song I was developing on guitar and actually recorded. He then let me borrow a manila folder full of dozens of his hand written song lyrics/poems that he had been collecting from his school days through then (about 1990). Many of the songs seemed to be about dreaming - very esoteric, deeply insightful and invoking strong imagery. It was an honor to get to know Donna when they started dating and then of course when/since they got married and our kids were small. In later/more recent years, I enjoyed occasionally going out to lunch with Jason at work with some of our other coworkers and stopping by his office for some friendly engineering advice. Above all, I always appreciated his pleasant demeanor and very comical wit/sense of humor. Here are the lyrics to one of Jason's songs about dreaming (I wrote the music in 1990 and still play/sing it occasionally at home, but never recorded it........but I plan to soon):

The Horizon of Dreams

The flat-lands meet the mountains
On the edge of the horizon
In the same way the conscious meets the subconscious on the horizon of dreams

I'm moving up stream to the foothills
Drifting out over the open window sills
Deep inside the images and actions bend
To the will of the dreamer
Impulses send me speeding toward the horizon
Toward the horizon of dreams

Drifting over a black fog
Images of horizon's highway
Focus to a shallow sharpness
The faces and people, joy

Images of life's highway
Draw the dreamer into darkness
Ron Bradley
October 5, 2016
I am so saddened to hear about Jason so unfair. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

I've been privileged to work with many really smart and talented people - Jason was one of them. But what was outstanding about Jason was his willingness to share his knowledge in a non-condescending manner, and his sense of humor in spite of the absurdities of the job.
I'm glad to have known him and he will be missed.
Tom DeGrood
October 4, 2016
Our thoughts & prayers are with this wonderful family that the memories of this amazing man Jason will give you comfort & peace. God bless you & keep you. Rest in paradise Jason until we meet again. Love Lyle & Mimi Beck
October 4, 2016
It was such a pleasure to work with Jason. He was always helpful and positive. My thoughts and prayers are with you, hoping to give you comfort in knowing how well Jason was liked and respected everywhere he worked.
Christine West
October 4, 2016
This is hard for me to believe, I just spoke to Jason a couple days before the accident. Absolutely one of the smartest men I knew, and it was a privilege to work with him. I will always remember that certain look he would get when I would ask if a certain function was possible, and I could see the program language running through his mind before he would answer with "yeah, we should be able to do that". Everything was possible even if improbable with Jason, and that is just one of the many things that his friends and family at NAVAIR and the U.S. Navy will sorely miss. Rest in peace my friend, you were taken way too soon.
Riley Swinney
October 4, 2016
I will always remember Jason as a bright young engineer, jovial, friendly, and with a heart of gold. My deepest sympathy to all his family
Jose De La Cruz
October 4, 2016
I will always remember Jason with that shy smile that was always on his face. Sending my deepest felt sympathy to his entire family. Karolyn Fox
Karolyn Fox
October 4, 2016
We were so sorry to hear of Jason's passing. He was an incredibly intelligent guy who always had a smile on his face. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jason's immediate and far reaching family.
John & Becky Moseley
October 4, 2016
Jason always and a smile on his face. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to know him. May the family find comfort and peace.
Amy Staser
October 4, 2016
My most sincere condolences to the Bell family. Having worked with Jason on a few occasions, I'll remember him as diligent, insightful and talented. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Roger Carroll
October 4, 2016
Jason was a good mentor. We are all heart broken.
Peace and pray for his family.
Nazer (NASJAX)
Mohammed Nazer
October 4, 2016
Thoughts and prayers got out to the Bell family. Jason was an inspiring boss and friend. His positive energy and personality will truly be missed.
Chris DeMeyer
October 4, 2016
Sorry for your loss, Jason will be missed by his work family too.
I hope you can find comfort in knowing the good and joy Jason was able to share over the years. Prayers.

J.Hobbs
NAVAIR PMA-260
J Hobbs
October 4, 2016
Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with the Bell family.

Robert and Juanita Hall, Middleburg
October 4, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bell Family. Jason will be greatly missed.
Mark Hayes
October 4, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bell family. I had the privilege to work with Jason. Jason was an amazing person with the ability to share his knowledge. I will always remember the endless conversations about databases. Blessings for the Bell family.
Gilberto Garcia
October 3, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear of Jason's passing. We were good friends at Bishop Kenny and had so many good times together, along with Mark Duross and Kathie Remley, just to name a few. I hope his family finds peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Donni Daly
October 3, 2016
In Christian sympathy.
Rick, Tawnda, Arlynda & Erica Schroeder
October 3, 2016
Praying for healing and peace for the entire Bell family.
Kevin Murray
October 3, 2016
So sorry for your loss our prayers go out to the entire Bell family - Jack & Patti Van Wey
October 3, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to Jason's family at this time of loss. The few times we met in person, I could tell that he had an abundance of energy and enthusiasm that extended to everything he set out to do. I wish the best for his family and want you to know that it was a pleasure to have worked with Jason.
Mark Rodeghier
October 3, 2016
So broken hearted for you.
Jason was a such a unique, genuine person.
'No words, just praying for God's peace and healing.
Dan King & Family
October 3, 2016
Jason was an amazingly talented engineer. We will miss his wit, his light-heartedness, and his charming positive intensity.

What a tragic loss of a brilliant man.

Rich and Kim D'Alessio
October 3, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bell family as they grieve Jason's passing. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Jason and am better for it. I know that he will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Linda von Eberstein
October 3, 2016
I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my heart and prayers.
Arianda Sugar
October 3, 2016
I extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to the Bell Family on the untimely loss of Jason Bell. "I pray to the Lord to bless Jason with eternal peace and to give the family support and strength to get through the difficult time.
Connie Justice
October 3, 2016
I extend my deepest sympathy and condolences for the untimely loss of Jason. - "I pray to the Lord to bless the departed soul with eternal peace and to give the family support and strength during this difficult time.
Connie Justice
October 3, 2016
My deepest sympathies and prayers go to the Bell family. Jason was one of the nicest and friendliest people I have met in a long time. He will be missed.
Tony Moye
October 3, 2016
My heart and prayers are with the Bell family at this time of sorrow.
May God bless the family and friends with peace and love.
Jason you will be deeply missed, but I know you will be living on everyone's heart.
Ambar Brust
October 3, 2016
My heart breaks for the Bell family at this time of great loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Kathy Safreed
October 3, 2016
My prayers are with the Bell family. I worked with Jason Bell at the TIF back in the day off of Bay Meadows. He was a hard worker and pleasant to get along with. He was a good man.
Brian Burkett
October 3, 2016
The entire CASS Family at North Island, especially those who knew Jason personally and had the opportunity to work with him, extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Bell family and offer our fervent prayers for the repose of his beautiful soul.

He was a bright, passionate engineer and a calm, cheerful, and helpful individual who will sorely be missed.
Bert Tungcab
October 3, 2016
Jason and I go way back to Deerwood, Bishop Kenny and UF. He convinced me to buy my first computer in 1980 , a TRS-80 (often called a trash 80) from Radio Shack and he taught me how to program. I could tell stories about the trouble we got in during high school and at UF but I am not sure the statute of limitations allows me. Jason was a great guy.

Jason and Donna were out here in California over a year ago and we had dinner in La Jolla. I am glad I got to see him.

My deepest condolences to his family.

Edward Chopskie
Edward Chopskie
October 3, 2016
My condolences to the Bell family and friends. It is so hard to put in words. He was such a humble individual.
Blessings and Prayers to the family and friends.
October 3, 2016
Donna, Genevieve, and Andrew I saw Jason a few months ago and we talked for few hours. He talked about the family while he was talking about you he had such a wonderful smile on his face. He told me how everyone was doing and how great things where. His pride and love was so overwhelming to me. When we parted my thoughts where how wonderful to see a man who loved his family so much. His love for all of you shined through this thoughts he shared and that smile of his. He will be greatly missed. All my love for you and the family.
Elicia Duross
October 3, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jason and his family in this time of need and friendship. I have worked with Jason for over twenty years and actually consider him family. He has defined professionalism and care for his fellow workers. He has been an inspiration to all and will never be replaced or forgotten. Till we meet again my friend.
Rick Pharo
October 3, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bell Family. He will be very greatly missed.

Steven and Charlotte Friend at Crane Indiana
Steven and Charlotte Friend
October 3, 2016
Jason is a wonderful man and a great mentor. I have had the privilege of working with him and his colleagues for many years. Jason is so very kind hearted, he would do anything for you and never question it. He will be sorely missed by all who have had the privilege to know him. I am thankful that he is now in eternity with our lord. May our pain and anguish be tempered by the knowledge that we will see him again one day in heaven.

Chuck Jacobs and his fellow CASS developers from Crane, Indiana.
Chuck Jacobs
October 3, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bell Family. Jason was a great friend and co-worker.
Charlie Patterson
October 3, 2016
May The Lord comfort his family during this difficult time. Jason was very humble, friendly, and an outstanding engineer. He will greatly missed and fondly remembered.
Andres Marquez
October 3, 2016
My thoughts are with Jason's family in this time of deepest loss. Working with Jason and sharing a friendship for many years, his absence will leave a hole that can't be filled.

Jason was a brilliant engineer, a lighthearted joker, an inveterate tinkerer with anything mechanical or electronic, a lover of adrenaline and excitement. Most importantly, he was a man with a deep and kind heart.

I'll miss our lunches where Jason could talk about anything with knowledge, argue a point without being unkind, laugh at himself and the world's vagaries.

I'll raise a glass and think of you often, my friend.
Kendall Frederick
October 3, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bell family. I had the privilege of working with Jason Bell. He was extremely bright and made many contributions to the programs we worked together. God speed my good friend. We are really going to miss you.
Chris Giggey
October 3, 2016
Jason was a brilliant engineer and a fine man. Our hearts are breaking for his loss. I hope you find strength in the fact that he lived his life to the fullest and enjoyed every minute of it with family, friends and co-workers.
Elizabeth Nealin
October 2, 2016
I send my deepest condolences to Jason's family. Jason was a wonderful, good hearted person who will truly be missed. He made sure there was a job for me when I moved back from California. I couldn't have asked to work for a better person then Jason.
Karen Johnson
October 2, 2016
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of the love of your life. Remembering your great love story today and always.
October 2, 2016
Jason was an exceptional man. His unconditional kindness and friendship to everyone he met will be remembered forever. His smile was contagious.
Keeping all the Bell Families in my Thoughts and Prayers.
Lisa Crooks
October 2, 2016
So sad to hear of Jason's passing. He was a great guy to work with. He will be missed.
Larry Furmon
October 2, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bell family at this time of their great loss. Jason had a sharp mind and wit about him; and he will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.
Mark Gibson
October 2, 2016
Jason you were always so kind to everyone. You always had a smile on your face, You were so sweet, so smart, and so shy. You helped me in school so much, and you were a big fan of mine when I played sports. You will never be forgotten. RIP Jason, and God Bless your parents, your wife, and precious children.
Paige Pacetti
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