JASON AARON ARKIN
1994 - 2015
BORN
May 24, 1994
DIED
May 19, 2015
Jason Aaron Arkin touched the lives of many. He offered smiles full of kindness and warmth to friends and strangers alike. He celebrated the love of family and friends and the great beauty this world holds. Jason, 20, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Illinois. Jason was born on May 24, 1994 in Overland Park, KS to Steve and Karen Arkin. He enjoyed traveling, dancing, hiking, and reading every word written by Stephen King. He earned his Eagle Scout in Troop 324 and was inducted into the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. Jason graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in May 2012 as a National Merit Scholar, and he was currently a junior at Northwestern University studying electrical engineering. Jason struggled with clinical depression and ultimately passed due to his illness. Jason was one of many young adults suffering with mental illnesses in a time when mental illness remains stigmatized and misunderstood. He is survived by his parents and sister, Jennifer. Other survivors include grandparents David and Marlene Arkin of Glenview, IL; grandmother Marie Mikkelson of Olathe, KS; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather "Mik" Mikkelson and aunt Jacqueline Arkin. Funeral services are Monday, May 25, at 10:30 AM at Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, KS, with burial on Tuesday, May 26, at 1:00 PM at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Kansas City, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the National Alliance on Mental Illness at NAMI.org. "Almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important." - Steve Jobs Mt Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home & Cemetery. Dignity Memorial.


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Published by Kansas City Star from May 23 to May 24, 2015.
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May
25
Funeral service
10:30a.m.
Congregation Beth Torah
, Overland Park,, Kansas
May
26
Burial
1:00p.m.
Mount Moriah Cemetery
, Kansas City,, Missouri
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My deepest condolences to Steve and Karen Arkin over the tragic loss of their son, Jason. Although I did not know Jason, I always enjoyed listening to his father who is my neurologist tell me about the wonderful family vacations he took with Karen and the children. May these warm memories live on in their hearts and bring comfort at this time of deep sadness.
July 1, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. Our daughter had a class with Jason, and he was very helpful and kind to her. We, too, have lost family members to depression. Peace to Jason.
Cindy McCabe
June 15, 2015
Barb Sherberg
June 8, 2015
Dr. Steve & Dr. Karen Arkin, My heart broke for you and your family when I heard you lost your son, Jason. I worked the nightshift at SLS on Med/Surg, as an RN. I greatly admire the awesome care you provide to your patients. I took many phone calls from both of you, calling to ask how your patients were doing. When my daughter began having seizures and needed a neurologist, I immediately knew I would bring her to you. However, you recommended your partner to us, specializing in epilepsy. He is equally as awesome as the two of you. I don't know you personally, but what I know of you professionally, I know that you are equally awesome parents. God bless your hurting hearts, there is no greater pain than losing a child. Your open honesty about Jason's struggle and loss d/t depression is a blessing to our community and will aid in removing a stigma that keeps many people from seeking help. Please be good to yourselves and each other and surround yourselves with family and friends. Thinking of you and your daughter and praying for you all.
Barbara Sherberg
June 8, 2015
We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our heartfelt sympathy and love.
Nini & Skip Rosenstock
June 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Deborah Sobotka
June 2, 2015
I am sorry to hear about your son's passing. I have found it incredibly brave and selfless that you have publicly shared your families feelings, through your anguish, to shed light on clinical depression. I shared your son's story with my son. He has suffered from clinical depression all his life. He was diagnosed when he was 5 years old. I have seen him happy and I have seen him in great despair. He is 23 years old. When reading this heart wrenching story, it hit my like a ton of bricks. I can't imagine your pain, but I wanted your family to know that because of your story, I had a candid conversation with my son. I will continue to think about your family during this time of struggle. Thank you for helping to save lives of our young adults who suffer from this disease.
Christina
May 29, 2015
Dr. Arkin our prayers go out you and your family.
Jeffrey Logan
May 28, 2015
My sincerest condolences to the Arkin Family. May the God of all comfort (Psalms 83:18) help you during this difficult time.
May 27, 2015
We are thinking of you and your family during what must be the most difficult of times. No one should ever suffer such a tragic loss. Our prayers go out to you and your family.
Tom Kemper
May 27, 2015
I didn't know Jason, but want you to know it means the world to so many that you've acknowledged what many of us know only too well to be true: Mental illness should be treated as any other illness. Only shedding light on the subject will lead to a change in perception and in treatment. So sorry for your loss.
May 27, 2015
I know how proud you were of him - he had such potential. As someone who also suffers from a form of mental illness I understand his pain - and yours. Your Saint Lukes South family loves and grieves with you - in my thoughts and prayers every day. Heartbreaking and no greater loss than the death of a child
Debbie Raccuglia
May 27, 2015
Nothing we say will help take away the pain you must be feeling now. My heart aches for you. Out thoughts & prayers are with you. The only way I know you is through an ER nurse, Barbara Ann Sherburg from Mission, KS who holds you in very high regard. She has become an acquaintance from playing the Scrabble game, Words With Friends, for quite some time. We live in Joliet, IL which is not far from Evanston. Again we offer our sincere sympathy to you & your family during this very difficult time in your life. Sincerely, Paul & Maryjo Mott
Maryjo & Paul Mott
May 26, 2015
Dear Karen, Steve and Jennifer,
My heart breaks for you. Jason was such a wonderful person. I remember when he was collecting books for his Eagle scout project. He was such a hard worker. He was a delight. I pray for all the family to have strength to carry on. Stay strong.
Suzanne Alaga
May 26, 2015
Dear Arkin Family,

I shared class with Jason while he was a student at Northwest and his smile, his fun humor, his deliberate thoughts - they remain IS in my mind and not WAS. Jason IS amazing. He is with me - as he was when I first met him- and IS in my heart. May God hold you and comfort you at this difficult time.

God bless and thank you for sharing Jason with me-
EK
May 26, 2015
Dear Karen, Steve & Jenni, We are So Very Sorry for Sweet Jason's passing-on* We will miss hearing UncleKenny's stories about his Dear nephew,Jason* Praying that his Soul is Happy & Free to Soar Our Universe*-* w/ Love & Light Em,Felisha,Will & Chris Barrera-Mikkelson
Esmeralda Mikkelson
May 26, 2015
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Arkin family. I wont forget Jason and his sweet smile. May he rest in peace. Lisa
Lisa Dixon
May 26, 2015
melissa manthe
dianne haynes
deborah jines
May 26, 2015
Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.
Debra
May 26, 2015
My heart and thoughts are with you, Steven, Karen and Jennifer for the terrible loss of your son, Jason.

Keith Nathan
Keith Nathan
May 25, 2015
Jason's death is a horrible tragedy because he was so young. My son died a tragic death when he was only 10 years old in 1991. Each circumstance is unique and different, but the pain is always the same. No parent should have to bury their child. R.I.P. Jason, gone too soon.
Laura
May 25, 2015
Dear Karen and Steve,

I know you will help a lot of people as a result of this. Jason was brilliant like his parents. And I know he would want you both to do what you can to continue to help others. My heart hurts for you both. May God comfort you and give you strength.
Sincerely,
Pam B.
Pamela Bitner
May 25, 2015
Knowing you, I know Jason was loved beyond measure and loves you still and forever. With deepest sympathy.
Natalie Greenwell
May 25, 2015
I was so saddened to hear of Jason's passing. Your family has been and will continue to always be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sonni Elliott
May 24, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I know you will cherish all the special times you had with Jason.
Barb Conaghan
May 24, 2015
are thought and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for open thought on depression it affects every family
bob and margie belmore
May 24, 2015
So very sorry for your loss and thank you for bringing mental illness into the light.
wendy greenberg-dufour
May 24, 2015
sorry for your loss, they are very difficult times, yet the bible in jonh chapter 5:28-29give us a beautiful hope. I hope you can confort him.
May 24, 2015
Our hearts go out to you, Steve and Karen. You are in our thoughts and prayers so much, and we ask God to carry you and comfort you today on Jason's birthday, throughout this week, and in the months & seasons to come.
Stan and Jean
May 24, 2015
I was privileged to have such an amazing student in my very first 3rd grade class. Even more special were the silly, fun summers I spent with him and his sister. I admired Karen and Steve as parents and hoped that someday my own children would have hearts as big as Jason and Jennifer. They were such a special part of my life, I was honored to have them in my wedding. Jason was the sweetest ring bearer. I will hold those memories dear. Thank you, sincerely, for being advocates for the seriousness of mental health.
Krystal Schmelig
May 24, 2015
This breaks my heart. What a beautiful soul. Such an enormous loss to this world. Sending much love and gentleness to you Karen and Steve and Jennifer. Love, Mindi, Hersh and Shay Ellis
mindi ellis
May 24, 2015
I did not know this young man, but I was so saddened when I read it. I, myself, and other family members have suffered from this illness. Some got help and some did not. My deepest sympathy to your family. God bless you all.
Wanda Otto
May 24, 2015
My heart is heavy- I will always remember the beautiful little boy who I taught in 2nd grade. My prayers are with your family.
Sue Herrera
May 24, 2015
There are no words. Only love.
I am holding your family in my heart
Jane Murray
May 24, 2015
"Steve, Karen, and Jennifer, there are no words to express my sorrow for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers. Sandy Eckley."
Sandy Eckley
May 24, 2015
I will work harder on your son's behalf to lessen the stigma. Sending you my condolences.
Deborah Moss
May 24, 2015
Ann-Marie & Dan Selgelid
May 24, 2015
While everyone here misses him on earth. God has given him a more important job in heaven... Now a shining guardian angel to help all the people who are like him struggling.

thoughts and prayers to his family and friends
Karen and Steve Margossian
May 23, 2015
While everyone here misses him on earth. God has given him a more important job there's a showing guardian angel to all the people who are like him struggling thoughts and prayers to his family and friends
Karen and Steve Margossian
May 23, 2015
Please accept my deepest sympathies, along with my admiration for the straightforward way you have helped raise public awareness about depression. Jason sounds like a remarkable man, and I will pray he, and you, find peace and comfort. Lots of people you don't know are thinking about you and honoring you tonight! Linda Haase Cohen
May 23, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve, Karen and family from Joe, Joey and Family.
May 23, 2015
Arkin Family
May you know no more sorrow.
Lichterman Family Glenview IL
May 23, 2015
My heart stopped when I came across this obituary. I am so, so sorry for this tragedy, and all Jason and his family have clearly gone through. Depression is so incredibly overwhelming and debilitating. As a society, we really need to have more compassion toward one another... to speak impeccably-- and work harder to better understand mental illness-- and find cures.



. God be with you all.
May 23, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Depression is a complex and painful illnes. I too understand the pain of losing a family member to this illness. I lost my mother who died on her birthday in 2011. I still cry for her today. Please know you are not alone and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Angel
May 23, 2015
May Jasons Memories Be a Blessing. The Wald Family
Robbin Flax Wald
May 23, 2015
Steve and Karen, I'm so sorry to read about Jason. My sympathies and prayers are with you and your family. Vincent Lem
May 23, 2015
Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss.We have loved you and your family for many years.Paula,Seymour, Franklin &Matthew Rosen
Paula,Seymour,Franklin&Matthew Rosen
May 23, 2015
I can say I'm so very sorry for your devistating loss. Your son has peace now and will continue his work by being a guardian angel to others. In time the world will realize how real and hard mental illness is. Be proud of your son and also the great parenting you and your wife have done. I will always be thinking about you and your family. This makes my advocatsy for NAMI especially important and personal. Peace and love to you all.
Traci TraciPalucci
May 23, 2015
Deepest Sympathies To The Entire Family. May Your Sons Memories Be a Blessing. The Wald Family
Robbin Wald
May 23, 2015
Lee Gorcos
May 23, 2015
My husband and I only met Jason a few times, but it was obvious that he was a very bright young man. His charming smile lit up his whole face. I am so sorry for your loss. Cherish the beautiful memories of his all too short life.
Jo-Ann Seitzinger
May 23, 2015
May God comfort you and your family with peace and blessings
Gene Bobroff
May 23, 2015
Steve, Karen and jennifer,

Words can not express how sorry We are for your loss...

We remember the first time we had Jason over. We remember the scout camping trips the boys shared together, the high school award ceremony and the graduation... those fond memories will be with us forever.
we are out of the country right now, but our thoughts are with you...

Love and hugs,
Russian and Yan Hampleman,
Kyle and Christine Bannerman
May 23, 2015
Steve & Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and condolences your way.
Alanna Hanson
May 23, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I know all to well of the mental health stigma. There has to be a lot more awareness. This is truly so sad at a young age. Once again, my deepest condolences to the Arkin family.
Ira Reisman
May 23, 2015
Steve, Karen and Jennifer,

We are so profoundly sorry to here of Jason's passing. Our thought and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time. We are sending hugs to you all.

Leslie, Rene, Doug, Matthew & Brian Medina
May 23, 2015
Lifting you up in prayer.
Pamela Graham
May 23, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your son but from the pictures you posted, I could tell he was surrounded by love and shared experiences with his family. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Caroline Olawaiye
May 23, 2015
Med Surg
May 23, 2015
I am so very sorry for Jason's struggles, and your loss. I hope the wonderful memories of him will help you in this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Michelle Sutton
May 23, 2015
Steve, Karen and Jennifer,
Words can not express how sorry I am for your loss. Although I never met Jason, I can only image that he was a wonderful young man. I had the pleasure of learning about Jason and his accomplishments thru Steve and Jennifer! He was and will always be loved. My prayers and love go to you all. RIP Jason, I hope now you are out of pain and your soul can rest peacefully.
Patti Tate
May 23, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and Prayers. Dave and Debbie Paciorek
May 23, 2015
So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
Kathy Richardson
May 23, 2015
RIP sweet Jason.
Nancy Carnahan
May 23, 2015
You are in my thoughts & prayers. I am sorry for your pain and for the pain that Jason felt. Peace be with you......Shaun Curry Jones
Shaun Curry-Jones
May 23, 2015
"Thank you Arkin Family for giving a voice to mental illness. Jason suffering will now inspire others to seek help. His suffering is over now and you could have not done anything to prevent this. Please take comfort in knowing that his life and unfortunate passing will save others. There are no words to express or even relate to the passing of a child. Thank you for sharing and setting up donations to NAMI. Sorry for the entire family's loss.

Helene Schatz
May 23, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss....my love to the family
Lori Gilgus
May 23, 2015
So sorry for your loss
May 23, 2015
I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I have never met Jason I feel like I know him through all the loving things his grandmother and great aunt Joyce told me.
ELLYN ANTONICELLI
May 23, 2015
My most heartfelt sympathies to your family and all that knew and loved Jason. Thank you for your openness about his depression, an illness that takes far too many lives. I will continue to hold you close in my thoughts.
Paula Berberick
May 23, 2015
A lovely, brilliant and gentle soul. Sending all love and condolences to your family.
Judith Benson
May 23, 2015
Dr Arkin, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Kay Weir
Kay Weir
May 23, 2015
We are sadden at this difficult time. Remember and enjoy the years, months and days you shared with your son. There will always be joy in your heart for his life.
James Weir
May 23, 2015