Jason was born June 17, 1981, in Rapid City, and graduated from Central High School in 2000.He was a National Merit Scholar Finalist and received a full scholarship to Colorado State University.He later transferred to the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where he majored in mathematics and theater.
He loved working with people, tutoring high school friends, leading youth church groups, and working summers at the Storm Mountain Church Camp. His goal was to become a high school teacher.
Jason's first love was vocal music, first as a member of the Rapid City Children's Choir, then the First United Methodist Church Praise Team, and for several years in the USD Chamber and Concert Choirs.He especially loved singing at a local karaoke club.
He enjoyed bartending and dealing blackjack at a Sioux City riverboat casino.
Special times were holiday and scuba diving trips with his parents and his brother Eric's family.
Jason's love for life was matched by his love for his friends who were always very important to him.They enjoyed playing games, roller blading, watching Redskins football and playing Frisbee golf.His friends said that everyone loved Jason and Jason loved everyone. He was always upbeat, outgoing and completely non-judgmental of others, accepting everyone as they were.The Lord gave us 26 wonderful years with Jason, and he is now sheltered and protected in God's embrace, singing bass in His heavenly choir.
Jason is survived by his parents Marv and Nicki Truhe of Rapid City, his brother Eric and wife Leigh and their daughter Blythe of Denver, CO, Grandmas Leona McCorkle of Fort Morgan, CO, and Lillie Ann Truhe of Rapid City, and numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his Grandpas William McCorkle and Clinton Truhe, and his Aunt Bonnie Harris.
Visitation was from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City.
Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Rapid City with Pastor Doug Diehl officiating. Burial followed in Colorado.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Fine Arts Department at The University of South Dakota.
Family and friends may sign Jason's online guest book at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.