Jason Dean Killebrew, 41, a lifelong De Leon resident and the greatest De Leon Bearcat fan, passed away at his home July 19, 2020. Jason was born to Jerry Wayne Killebrew and Judy Dean Holt Killebrew on August 14, 1978.
Jason is survived by his mother, Judy Dean Killebrew, of Comanche; three aunts, Ruth (Ace) Goates of Abilene, Linda (Mitchell) Chorn, of Potosi, and Beulah Holt, of Dublin; two uncles, Toy Wesley Holt of Ft. Worth, and Elton Killebrew of Abilene; several cousins; other extended family; as well as many dear friends including his long time employers, Toney and Terrie Prather, and his extended family of Totelcom co-workers; and Larry Simpson and his office staff who always did so much for Jason.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Wayne Killebrew; his two brothers, Jeffrey Wayne Killebrew and Christopher Ryan Killebrew; three uncles, George Holt, J.C. Holt and Terry Holt; and his beloved grandparents, Delton and Mae Killebrew and Toy and Wilda Holt.
Jason was a Baptist and attended both Cottonwood Baptist Church and De Leon First Baptist Church. He loved praising and worshiping the Lord with his church families.
Jason’s work career began in early 1998 as an assignment to Totelcom for his Life Skills class to graduate De Leon High School. And proud of that graduation (Class of 1998) he was. He stayed and worked part-time for Totelcom for over 22 years.
His work time did bring about many new life skills. His adaption to new surroundings and people soon morphed into attending his first De Leon Bearcat football game. A longtime radio listener, various work family took him to the home games (and a few away games) so he could see his team in person. By the second year of attendance, everyone in the stands could hear him yelling for his Bearcats.
A few years later, Jason was making sure everyone had their picks made in the Free Press football contest and weekly called into KYOX to make his picks known.
Jason was gifted with abilities many never saw. He knew everyone’s name, their individual family names, where they went to school, years, etc. And he asked about them when he talked with you.
And, as for where you went to school, he could recite almost any school mascot in Texas and tell you how many football championships they had won, etc. A warehouse of information was housed in his mind.
He knew more movie trivia than books can contain. Release dates, actors, directors, studios, any awards, etc. If Jason told you something trivia related, do not embarrass yourself by looking it up… he was right.
His personality blossomed from complete shyness to the point of having his own pet names for some of his co-workers. You could not turn your desk calendar before he had it turned for you. It was obvious he enjoyed people and would make sure conversation was happening. He loved the annual company Christmas Party and felt it was a family reunion, a time when he could see all his Totelcom family and their families in one large group. He enjoyed his birthday and made sure everyone knew a month before it happened that it was coming up.
When his mother could no longer care for him and he had to try living alone, his work family taught him about cleaning and laundry. With added help from Rollie’s, Prado’s, Dairy Queen, Hwy 6, and Deb’s he was able to stay at home where he was comfortable. He would call in a dinner order before he left work and it was funny to hear him order. Never tell them who he was, but they knew anyway. His Totelcom family took him to buy clothes and would make sure he was invited to someone’s house for holidays and other special times.
As much as Jason changed during the 22 years at Totelcom, it wasn’t what his co-workers taught him, but what he taught them. Acceptance, caring for our fellow man, appreciating others, and finding a way to enjoy whatever turns life takes. Jason made everyone around him a better person for knowing him.
We all know what Jason said as he was greeted at the pearly gates. “How are you doing?” and “What do you think?” All who loved him will miss hearing it until we see him again.
Graveside funeral services celebrating Jason’s life were held Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. in De Leon Cemetery with Brother Kenneth Wilson and Gary Bear officiating. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in honor of Jason. Condolences may be offered online at www.nowlinandersfh.com.