Eulogy for Jakob Yount
Eulogy, a good word, is not designed to paper over that death is an enemy of our race, that death is anti human and antiGod. It is rather, a part of what is true today. Jakob’s life, while too short, was full of good things.
In a most intimate process…..16 years ago….. Jakob was knit together by God in his mother’s womb, a wonderful bearer of the image of God. This was manifest throughout his young life in marvelous ways.
Jakob was soon honored by God through his baptism into the community of those who believe that Jesus Christ, his life, death, and resurrection is the key to understanding our human existence.
DeAnn’s first memories of Jakob are how much he snuggled and ate. And he loved rocking in a rocking chair. Brian would come home from work and rock Jakob. Ethan would jump up and down on the bed and tell Brian about his day while Jakob snuggled into his Daddy.
One rule in the Yount house is you try new foods. You have a choice to keep eating or not, but the food that is made is the choice you have. At three years old, Jakob wasn’t wild about this rule. Ethan asked to go to Old Country Buffet for his birthday. While DeAnn was holding Jakob on her hip she explained to him he could pick from all the different foods and pointed out some that she knew he liked. At that point she heard a hushed whisper in her ear, “Choices!”
Brian and DeAnn can’t say enough about how good of a brother Ethan has been to Jakob. Early on when Jakob was a toddler and getting into something he shouldn’t, Ethan would run to DeAnn yelling, “Jakob alert, Jakob alert!” Jakob would go anywhere with his brother and would hold on to Ethan’s arm leaning into him if things were new and unsure. Ethan never complained about this. They loved making movies together learning how to use special effects and being very silly together. The fights were so minimal that DeAnn would be surprised if they ever punched each other.
Jakob was bright-eyed and filled with energy and would run EVERYWHERE! He loved music and would insist that DeAnn sing him to sleep or play music for him until he went to sleep.
He went to Theater Kids every summer which is a performing arts VBS at Junia’s church. He liked the dancing and the singing but not the acting. The first summer he went he was about 6 and when he realized at the end of the week he would have to get on the stage in front of everyone he looked up at DeAnn, helping with the class, and stated “I don’t do stages”. By the third summer he did everything but the acting. He won first prize for points the year before sixth grade, something none of us expected out of his shy self.
When he went to Cornerstone Academy in 6th grade he blossomed. He told his mom then, “I wish I had always come here.” When picked him up later after school he was often playing on the playground and a chorus of voices, younger then him would yell “Good-bye Jakob!” He would stop and tell DeAnn each of their names and what grade they were in. Jakob was in the Christmas play and then took the lead role in the Spring play but had many second thoughts about that decision. On their way into the school the night of the play DeAnn mentioned how nice the weather was compared to the Christmas program. He responded, “I wish there was a tornado so I wouldn’t have to do this.” He ended up doing a great job.”
Jakob was amazingly creative in other ways. In the years he was 8-12 he would save every penny of Christmas and birthday money to buy a particular Lego set he had his eye on. That wasn’t unusual of course, but when he was done building it he would usually take it apart completely, combine it with other sets and make something completely original that was as cool as any set you could buy.
**Lego story here&he