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Jason Peter Njaa

Obituary for Jason Peter Njaa

Jason Peter Njaa

A Celebration of Life Serrvice will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home, for Jason Peter Njaa, 79, Huntsville, who died July 31, 2018.

Jason was born in Valley City, North Dakota and raised on the family farm. He and his family moved to Spokane, Washington, where he graduated high school. At the age of 11, he was introduced to the game of golf as a caddy and quickly learned to play. He made the varsity golf team as one of its youngest members as a freshman in high school and lettered for three years. After high school, Jason attended North Park College in Chicago where he graduated in 4 years with a degree in mathematics. While at North Park, Jason met Ginger Kent who would be the love of his life and his wife for the next 60 years.

Before his senior year, he married Ginger, and they lived together in Chicago while he finished his degree. They went to Spokane, WA and celebrated the birth of their first son, Kent. After graduation, Jason and the family moved to Santa Monica, CA, where he worked for a private company doing computer programming for the military. He was transferred to Battle Creek, Michigan where they welcomed their second son, Scott. They then moved to Germany for 18 months to assist in programming the military defense systems, and then returned to the states and settled in Norwood, Massachusetts. This is where they welcomed their third son, Adam. Jason joined Foxboro as a systems analyst and programmer, with a career that would take him on trips all around the world.

While in Norwood, Jason and Ginger attended the Covenant Congregational Church in Boston. Jason was active in the church singing every week in the choir and regularly participating in the Christmas concerts as a soloist. In 1976, the family moved to Houston, TX where Jason and Ginger finished raising their sons. Jason and the family attended John Knox Presbyterian Church where he resumed his duties as a choir member and joined the yard mowing crew. Jason and Ginger joined Inwood Forest Golf Club where they would spend many fond weekends with friends and enjoying the great outdoors.

Jason and Ginger chose to retire and move to Elkins Lake, Huntsville, TX in 2006. There, they were very active members of the club, helping to coordinate the couple’s golf tournaments, and joined a group that took routine trips to distant and interesting golf courses. Jason played golf with his friends 4 to 5 days a week and volunteered around the golf course to help with clean up.

Jason has been a calm foundation for his family, teaching his children patience, wisdom and practicality. His compassion and caring for his dear wife taught his boys how to care.

Jason was a friend to many and enjoyed a great game of golf and a wonderful meal with many. His presence will be missed.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife Ginger Njaa, his parents, Paul and Anne (Person) Njaa, and his brother Donald Njaa. He is survived by his brother, Paul Njaa and wife Sandy, his sister-in-law Terri Njaa, and his three sons and their wives – Kent Njaa, Scott and Lynn Njaa, and Adam and Laura Njaa. He also leaves 5 grandchildren and 3 step grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Jason’s name to the American Cancer Society to help fund the research for treatment and prevention of lung cancer.

Condolences may be left at www.shmfh.com

 

About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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