At age 38, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Burcham Hills in East Lansing with his family by his side. He was born December 17, 1979, in Lansing the son of Dan and Sue (Thelen) Bauer.
Jason lived in Williamston his entire life and was proud of his community. He graduated from Williamston High School in 1999. Jason had a passion for basketball that stayed with him throughout his life. He played varsity basketball all four years at Williamston and went on to play at Grand Valley State University on a full ride scholarship. Soon after returning from college Jason began his career of coaching basketball at Williamston High School. He started with the varsity program as an assistant, freshman coach and later went on to coach the varsity boys team.
Jason also loved hunting. He always looked forward to deer and elk season. Jason’s greatest joy was his family. His wife and children were precious to him as well as his extended family. Jason also had a special bond with his yellow lab Cooper, which passed away five days before Jason. Jason had a work ethic and moral compass that were second to none. He was a dedicated member of the Pipe Fitters and Plumbers Local 333. Jason will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege of knowing him.
Jason is survived by his wife, Dawn; children: Madalyn VanAlstine, Gage VanAlstine, Alyia Bauer, Dawson Bauer; parents, Dan and Sue Bauer; siblings: John (Katlyn) Bauer, Lisa (Ben) McCann; grandparents, Walt (Jayne) Bauer; aunts and uncles: Larry (Jean) Thelen, Ron (Coralee) Thelen, Daniel (Carol) Thelen, Roger (Diane) Thelen, Wayne (Elaine) Thelen, Diane (David) Hall, Tom (Betty) Bauer; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alvin and Ella Thelen; aunts: Sue Thelen, Marilyn (Bob) Runyan; uncles: Mike Bauer, Steve Bauer, and Ron Bauer.
Funeral services will take place Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 11am from the Williamston High School Gymnasium with Pastor Doug Bradshaw and Rev. Fr. Mark Rutherford officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 from 3-7pm from the Williamston Free Methodist Church 4400 N. Williamston Rd., Williamston, MI 48895. Interment will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Williamston. The family has requested that those attending the service wear their respective high school colors.
Jason’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Mid-Michigan community for their love and support over the past two years and the entire staff at Burcham Hills in East Lansing for their tremendous care of both Jason and his family. They were the most caring and compassionate group of people one could ever wish for.
In lieu of flowers the family encourages those desiring to make contributions in Jason’s honor to the family for his children’s education, or Coach Jason Bauer Basketball Scholarship, or the Burcham Hills Foundation.
To view Jason’s obituary online or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.burkhead-greenfuneralhome.com.
The family being served by the Burkhead-Green-Kilgo Funeral Home of Charlotte.