The 2015 Jameson 5k is bittersweet for us.
On the one hand it would be Jaysn’s 25 Year College Reunion weekend (Class of 1990). He would have gotten a kick out of that. On the other, it also happens to be the 24 anniversary of the day we lost him.
On this day in particular, our thoughts turn to Jaysn. Below is a poem he wrote that we had put in to stone. God Bless You, Jaysn.
Help Me O Lord
by Jaysn Flynn Jameson
Help me O Lord to live my life day to day, year to year
Let me have ten smiles for every fallen tear
Help me to look to the future with an unregretting soul
Give me strength to work and reach every single goal
Let me not be troubled by hardships that might appear
Help me conquer them, never holding back in fear
If my life is rough or smooth help me to have joy
Help me to keep seeking what I sought when I was but a boy
Help me face each tomorrow as another quest
And help my life to become the very best.
Jaysn Flynn Jameson (October 14, 1967 – October 17, 1991) was a very friendly, fun-loving, loyal, compassionate and caring man. He never met a stranger and everyone that met him fell in love with him. Jaysn was a vivacious, lovable person who was always sincere and made everyone feel comfortable around him.
He was very funny; always ready with a joke or an odd stunt to make people laugh. Jaysn loved making people laugh and enjoyed life to the fullest. People gravitated towards Jaysn because he made them feel good and always garnered their respect and their affection. He was always very charming and loving to those around him.
Jaysn graduated from Southwestern University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Following graduation, Jaysn went to work for Dow Chemical in Freeport, Texas. As a reward for doing a great job, his boss treated Jaysn and a close friend and colleague to a scuba diving excursion in the Gulf off the coast of Freeport in October of 1991. Unfortunately Jaysn and his friend were caught in a large undertow while diving and when they surfaced they were too far away from the boat to make it back safely. The Coast Guard was not able to locate Jaysn and his friend until the next day holding onto a buoy. Jaysn had passed away shortly before the Coast Guard arrived. Soon after his death, family and friends established the Jaysn Jameson Memorial Scholarship Fund. Jaysn was very active at Southwestern and loved everything about the University. He was an avid runner, which is why the Fun Run is an excellent way to preserve his memory and raise money for his named scholarship.
The Jaysn Jameson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to a student for the first time in 2000. The criteria to receive this scholarship are that the student must be a science major and demonstrate need for the financial assistance. These are the same criteria that Jaysn met while attending Southwestern.