Jason Johnson Memorial Golf Tournament
20th annual tournament 2020: Date is TBD
Jason Matthew Johnson will always be remembered for his love of music, basketball, and hot and spicy foods. At sixteen years old, six – foot - four and two hundred and ninety pounds, he was quite a young man. Yet, his heart was so much bigger than his size. One couldn’t help but to notice him when he was around. Born with a hearing impairment that also affected his speech, Jason struggled with his difference. However, it only made him more determined. But Jason was a happy teenager with a smile and laugh that was contagious. Always the jokester, Jason loved to make people laugh with his crazy impersonations and jokes. He was full of life and hope for his future.
Sadly, tragedy struck and Jason’s life here on earth was suddenly taken away. On April 14, 1999, Jason was involved in an automobile accident in which he collided almost head-on with an eighteen-wheeler. He died a few minutes later and went on to a much better place where he will forever be happy. His speech is now clear and his hearing has been restored completely. He will never have to wonder “why” anymore, nor will he feel anymore pain.
We will never forget his zany sense of humor that often drew others to him, his ability to never meet a stranger, his genuine love for people, and his excitement about the gymnasium his school was working so hard to build. As a basketball player, Jason’s dream was to see the gym completed so that he and his teammates could start their 1999-2000 season there.
For the next few days, teenagers gathered at the Johnson home to comfort the family and each other. They discussed the tragedy and what they could do to commemorate the life of such a dear friend. From this, the Jason Matthew Johnson Memorial Fund was born. Because of this fund, Grace Christian School, now has a beautiful gymnasium that the students can enjoy. By participating in this tournament, you’re helping to keep Jason’s memory close to our heart and supporting something he loved dearly, his school and its students.