A precious gift and a true bundle of joy, Jacob Kendall Stevens was delivered to Eric Edward Stevens, Maralena Stevens and his big brother Edward Eric Stevens on April 1, 1992. Jacob, who was raised in Eden, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.
Although born on April Fool’s Day, Jacob was no fool. However, he was a prankster who almost always had a contagious smile and laugh.
Jacob attended Lamoille Union High School, where in his favorite class, band, he discovered his love of music while playing saxophone. Jacob studied recreational management at Lyndon State College. Although Jacob was not able to pursue that career path, it is where he finally started to come out of his shell.
After college, Jacob came home and started working at The Belfry in Montgomery as a dishwasher and at Piecasso in Stowe as a prep cook. Striving to better his life, he went to work at ARFA Home Property Management. He loved the people who he worked for and considered them family. Injuries and unfortunate events in his life took away all that he had worked so hard for.
This past year, Jacob got up and fought for a fresh start. He was proudly employed as the manager at Vermont Raw Dog Food Co. In his free time he enjoyed listening to and playing music, going to Montgomery Summer Sessions and power sliding across the grass while trying to get people show their love for the music.
Special times were spent with family and friends, dancing, hiking, biking and geeking out on video games. Last, but certainly not least, Jacob spent the past year trying to rekindle old friendships while making new meaningful connections. He touched many people’s lives, including some he had never even met. Jacob was always trying to save the world one person at a time with his powerful smile and caring personality.
His father, Eric Edward Stevens, died earlier, as did his grandparents, Edward Carl Stevens and Elizabeth Stevens, and Gloria Shaida; and his great-grandmother Florence Kellogg. He leaves behind his memories for all those who loved him to share and cherish together.
Join us in celebrating those memories and his life at the Lamoille Valley Church of the Nazarene in Johnson on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Lorenda Dunham. A potluck reception at the church will follow the service. Children are welcome. There is a toddler and infant room where services can be viewed as well.
Contributions to help pay for services can be sent to Maralena Stevens, 2350 Warren Road, Eden, VT 05652.