Jason Daniel Holton

Born in Boone, NC on December 5, 1976

Departed on July 31, 2009 and resided in New York, NY

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HOLTON, Jason Daniel 32 of New York City, New York passed away Friday morning, July 31st 2009, after a courageous battle against cancer. He was surrounded by those who loved him and cared for him. Jason was born December 5th, 1976 in Boone, North Carolina. In 1981 Jason moved with the family to Dallas, Texas where Jason lived until 1991 when they relocated to Pegram, Tennessee. There, Jason attended Harpeth High School in Kingston Springs, Tennessee and he graduated from Harpeth High with a High School Diploma in 1995. He then attended Memphis State University, and studied in the department of English. As a part of the university exchange program with China in 1999, Jason traveled to Shenzhen, China, where he taught English language and American culture to Chinese middle school and adult students for one year. Jason followed this experience in 2002 as he moved to Long Island, New York and attended Stony Brook University, and after graduation, The City College in New York City. He earned a BA in English and an MA in Museum Studies during this time, and later interned and worked in some of New York's most prestigious museums and art galleries, including the Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages; The Museum of Television and Radio; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, and finally, as Registrar at Hollis Taggart Galleries. Jason was truly inspired by the staff at Hollis Taggart Galleries, and he had great admiration for all his supervisors and coworkers. Jason met the love of his life, Letty, while working at the Museum of Television and Radio. They were married on November 5th, 2006. Jason will be greatly missed. He was an amazing husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was truly one of a kind. He accomplished so much in his lifetime, and so many of his dreams came true. He will always be remembered in our hearts.
He is survived by his wife, Letty Holton and son Matthew Garland of New York City; parents, Dan and Shelley Holton of Pegram, Tennessee; sister, Amanda Holton of Pegram, Tennessee; brother, Richard Keith Holton of Miami, Florida; grandmothers Eileen Meroney of Waco, Texas, and Noveta Holton of Holly Lake, Texas; and numerous loving cousins, aunts and uncles. The family would like to thank The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for their kind, gracious and dedicated care, and for all of their help with Jason's fight against cancer.
Funeral services will be on Saturday August 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. Visitation will be on Friday from 4-8 pm. Memorials can be made to the Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, 9090 Highway 100, Nashville, Tennessee 37221 615-646-9292; and donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Special Fund for American Art at Hollis Taggart Galleries, 958 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021, or to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center research toward a cure for Germ Cell Cancers and Leukemia, 1275 York Ave. New York, N.Y. 10065

9 Comments to Jason Daniel Holton

  1. Letty Holton
    August 5, 2009 12:00 am

    Jason is & forever my soul mate & love of my life. He was a wonderful husband & father, a gentle soul who touched the lives of those he met along the way.

  2. Teresa Soto
    August 5, 2009 12:00 am

    Para mi querido yerno, Jason.
    Siempre te llevare en mis pensamientos y en mi corazon, porque fuiste un buen esposo con mi hija Letty y un buen padre para mi nieto Matthew, nunca to olvidare.

    To my son-in-law Jason.
    I will always carry you in my thoughts and in my heart because you were a good husband to my daughter Letty, and a good father to my grandson Matthew. I will never forget you.

  3. Carol Spear-Johnson
    August 5, 2009 12:00 am

    Jason is the most passionate person I have ever known. His love of family is a love that everyone wishes for. He made his mark on this world, never to be forgotten. Remember his smile and his “come on, seriously” look and know that he loves you as much as you love him.

  4. Elizabeth Mercado
    August 5, 2009 12:00 am

    To my brother-in-law Jason.
    Wish I were there to say goodbye. I will always remember you as being the other half of two peas in a pod and the three musketeers you,Letty and Matthew. I can’t believe that your gone, and everytime I see Letty I expect you to come through the door to say hi.
    Miss you, love lisi

  5. Heather Douton
    August 7, 2009 12:00 am

    My sincere condolences to the entire Holton family. Losing someone so dearly loved as Jason causes a great void in our lives and can be hard to bear. But we can find strength in God’s promises to reunite us with our loved ones again by means of a resurrection and to bring this enenmy death to nothing. 1Corinthians 15:26 May these precious promises that await us and the love and support of family and friends bring you a measure of comfort now and in the days and weeks to come.

  6. John Kawanzaruwa
    August 7, 2009 12:00 am

    My sincere condolences at your less to you, Shelley, and your family. I pray the Holy Spirit comforts you all.

  7. Matthew garland
    December 8, 2010 12:00 am

    Jason,my step father,was the best person you’ll ever know.He was way better than my real father,Roney.That man was very special to me.And for a sun like me to loose a dad is not easy.Nor loosing my mom,but shes still alive and protects me and i protect her.I also protect my grandma who me and my mom have been living with for aproxamently 2 years with already.I remember the old days win he used to pick me up from after school and we went to the store to get me a pullback car and some candy once an a while.That happened when I was in third grade.The last day I ever saw him was two weeks before i went to Puerto Rico for a vacation .On the day I came back from Puerto Rico,my mom took me to see him but he was asleep in a special room.Later I went back home and stayed out side with my aunt and my grandma.Then about 30 to 45 minuts later,my mom came in my cusons car.And when she came out of the car,she was crying badly and I did not know what had happened,all i knew was that something was rong.It wasn’t till the next day I found out what happened.I asked my mom what happened and she said Jason was dead.For a tiny moment,my brain just shuted down,then it was fully operation again

  8. Dan
    December 17, 2010 12:00 am

    My son was loved by all who knew him, but none so much as Letty, Matthew, and Theresa. He was so proud to be a part of the family, to have a son, to have a wife so devoted and understanding. Matthew tells his story with such wisdom, because he knows that Jason loved him to the end. Jason wanted Matthew to be happy, and Letty to be fulfilled. The wedding and the family pays tribute to him, and for that, I love you too. Thank you for creating this tribute. I’ll love you always.

  9. dan
    December 18, 2010 12:00 am

    Your love for Jason has always been so clear to me, and I hope we will always love one another. You are always in my mind, and in the memories of your loving my son, Jason.