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Jason Clearwater

Jason E. Clearwater

MINOOKA, Ill. – Mr. Jason E. “Champ” Clearwater, 35, of Minooka, Ill., was born Jan. 5, 1978, in Joliet, Ill., and was taken suddenly from his family and friends after suffering a fall that resulted in an irreversible brain injury on Sunday.

Jason was surrounded by loved ones at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill., when he left this world. His mark will remain as he became an organ donor and has already saved several lives by his gifts.

Jason was raised in Mazon, Ill., and was a proud graduate of Seneca High School, Class of 1996. Jason was initiated with the Carpenters’ Local 916 in 1997 and was there for 16 years of service.

He graduated from the Chicago Regional Council Apprenticeship Training Program on April 28, 2001.

He was a skilled and hard worker who would help anyone who was in need.

He is survived by his loving mother, Linda (Pazely) Clearwater of Minooka, Ill.; his father, John (Kim) Clearwater of Naperville, Ill.; his girlfriend of 15 years, Tyleen Harper of Morris, Ill.; two sisters, Kelly (Paul) McCoy and Michelle (Nate) Olson, both of Minooka, Ill.; one niece, Paisley Olson; and three nephews, Porter and Pryce Olson and Grayden McCoy. Many aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends also survive.

Jason was a sports fanatic, continuing to play softball and alumni football as an adult. He loved a game of bags, the Michigan Wolverines, the Cubs; and the Bears.

He was generous, supportive, extremely funny and loving. He made everyone he met feel special.

Funeral services for Jason E. Clearwater will be at 9 a.m. Friday at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black Road, at Essington Road, Joliet to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Minooka for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m.

As it was Jason’s request, cremation rites will be accorded following his funeral Mass.

The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Joliet, Ill., is in charge of arrangements. For more information, call 815-741-5500 or log onto

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