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Jason H. King

Jason passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at his home in Otsego.

He was born December 26, 1992 in Granada Hills, California, the son of Jeffrey King and April Etherton. Jason attended Otsego High School and was an amazing wrestler. He worked at Bailtek in Galesburg and had recently started working at Safari Circuits in Otsego.

Jason loved dogs and enjoyed watching his boys play sports, playing video games with his family and friends, especially NBA 2K, spending time at the campground, sleeping, fishing and watching football with his brother.

Surviving are his sons, Aubrey King of Otsego and Ryder King of Delton; parents, April (Randy Smith) King-Smith and Jeff King of Ludington; brothers, Connor Smith of Otsego and Brody King of Ludington; grandparents, Jim and Diane Collins of Otsego and Marilyn King of Plainwell along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Karen and Archie Smith, Jean Merrill and John King.

Cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Jason’s family from 6-8 PM, Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Jason may be made to the

Community Healing Centers in Kalamazoo.

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Ruby and Jeremy Rogers

August 12, 2021 at 4:34 pm

Aubrey, April and Randy-

We are so sorry to read that jason passed away!! We remember him playing golf and outside, one time trying to get a woodchuck out from under the shed. He was always friendly, i remember when april was cleaning out the garage and my son got jasons cars bike and little tykes stuff feels like just yesterday. We are praying for you may God send comfort to you and wrap his loving arms around you.

Aubrey know that ceana is thinking of you at this time and hugs.


Belinda Bloomfield

August 12, 2021 at 4:42 pm

So sorry for your loss. I will miss you jayy!!


Bonnie Livingston Goodacre

August 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Jason. April, Iam sure you don’t remember me, at least very well, Karen was my dear cousin, we were more like sisters our entire lives, I know she and Archie took to Jason as their own, I remember that period of time well. Now they’ll see him again, he’s not alone. So very sorry for your loss.


Ellen Radke

August 12, 2021 at 5:22 pm

I am very sorry to hear abut Jason. He was always very sweet, kind and thoughtful to me and made me smile. I know he will be greatly missed. I’m sending peaceful thoughts to his family and friends.


Ean Pride

August 12, 2021 at 5:56 pm

Damn Jay, you were always a good friend to me and would do anything you could to help me. Im so sad to hear this, love you jay. Rest easy son


Marty Verburg

August 12, 2021 at 6:22 pm

I will Miss You Jay But You Will Never Be Forgotten When you were A Great Neighbor Rest In Peace!


Justin Jewell

August 15, 2021 at 8:31 am

April and Randy, I’m so sorry to hear about Jay. I’m praying for you today and in the coming days. It’s a bit surreal to see his passing, and is heartbreaking. I’m grateful for the many memories with him growing up, brings me some joy thinking about the good times we had. He and I were so close for several years growing up and I was always proud to be his friend. Even after all these years, I’ve held onto all of the fun memories with him like they were yesterday. From playing mini hockey in your living room with Zeke to watching MJ music videos and everything in between, I cherish those childhood memories. Thinking of you guys. Wishing you peace and comfort. Sending you my prayers and love.


Stacey Lynn Cooper

August 12, 2021 at 6:41 pm

April & Family I’m so sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers.



August 12, 2021 at 7:22 pm

I have known Jason since he was 3. I remember thinking what beautiful curls and amazing eyes this little boy has from the first day I met him. He grew for a long time to be a part of my family and then as life happens, grew apart. He was always respectful to me and I will never forget when he ran the dirt bike into the house and had to show me his torn groin and I had to call his momma. I remember the first football game Jason and my son had to play against each other ( Plainwell vs Otsego) my son tackled him and then turned around and helped him up. That’s how close they were in their younger years.He was comfortable enough in my family to say what he felt and to stay over for dinner and to stay the night any time he had a chance. I , to this day have so many memories of Jason and my son, some good and some bad but always had a place in my heart for him. I am so sorry for your loss April, Jeff and Randy( his sibling and his children too) I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult, hard to understand time and please know that he was loved and will be remembered always.


Phillicia Swaney

August 12, 2021 at 8:16 pm

Jason and I had just started talking as friends again when he started at safari. Growing up we went almost all through elementary together and went to his grandmas daycare together. I was close with his cousins and family when we were young. We have been reminiscing about all those times. He brought such a light to the company, Always being silly and had a huge smile on his face through out the day. Jason you will forever be missed by so many.


Rob and Jackie Bryan

August 12, 2021 at 8:39 pm

Jim and Diane, Rob and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandson, may he rest in peace.


Amy&tom snyder

August 12, 2021 at 9:53 pm

Im so sorry prayer to his family he was agood person he will be missed.


Laurie Whitaker

August 12, 2021 at 10:42 pm

April – My heart is just breaking right now. I have no words but you’re in my prayers old friend I hadn’t seen Jason in years so I’ll always remember that sweet little boy with beautiful curls and stunning eyes. God Speed Jason.


Robert Hicks

August 13, 2021 at 3:50 am

I remember having Jeff & April for Thanksgiving Dinner at my parents house when April was pregnant with Jay.

My most heart felt condolences to Jeff & April

and family. No parents should ever have to lay their

child to rest.

My heart goes out to you


Anne Bieszka

August 13, 2021 at 8:33 am

I’m so sorry to hear about this. Condolences to the family. 🙁


Diane Frisbie

August 13, 2021 at 9:24 am

So sorry for the families loss. Praying for comfort for all


Brooke McDaniel

August 13, 2021 at 10:29 am

I just talked to jason tuesday morning he wanted to hang out and i wasnt mobile jason was funny and a great catch even if he annoyed the shit out of me i lived having him around he cared more about others then he did himself i love him so much! My brother cody he looked up to so high i cant believe all of this i love u bro and will miss u dearly


Jim & Michelle Carpenter

August 13, 2021 at 10:57 am


I have no words that could ever cover what you all must be going through. The only truth I know is that God is so good and so close to the broken. My heart breaks for all of you and I will continue to lift your family in prayer for the years to come.

Love- Jim and Michelle Carpenter


Laura DenHarder

August 13, 2021 at 12:59 pm

April just wanted to tell you how sorry i am. Thinking and oraying for you and your family.


Lynn ~ Bob Higgs

August 13, 2021 at 6:41 pm

April ~ Randy ~ Family, we are so very sorry to hear of Jason’s passing. We have many good memories of Jason playing sports over the years, with our son. Please know we will be holding you all up in our prayers. May God surround you all with his comfort, strength and Love during this time.



August 14, 2021 at 10:08 pm

Baby. I love u so much and my heart will be forever broken .


Sally A Laws

August 15, 2021 at 3:46 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss



August 16, 2021 at 1:26 am

Jeff & April,

Sadly, I know what you’re going thru. Sending positive

vibes your way. Remember to try understanding & love in your dealings with others during this crazy, emotional period. Hugs & prayers.


Donald Boss

August 16, 2021 at 11:07 am

April and Randy, there are no words. Praying for peace and comfort.


Salina M

August 16, 2021 at 11:16 am

Thank you for being a friend when we both needed one, I got to know you well. Shared a lot of time with you. One of my best friends there for a while. I’m wishing you the best up there. Fly high Jay! I know you’ll be looking over and out for the ones you love. You were so selfless. Rest up big guy.



August 16, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Jason-I know we grew apart over the last 8 years, but I hope you know I never stopped loving you. I wish I had told you that. You were my best friend growing. You were more like a brother than a cousin. I will hang on to all of the great memories of us growing up together and I will keep your memory alive the best I can. Watch over us all.


Bryon and Kandy Campbell

August 17, 2021 at 3:39 pm

April, Randy and family. We are so sorry for your loss! Our hearts and prayers are with you! We pray that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time.


Kimberly szabo

August 18, 2021 at 10:11 am

Jay I can’t believe your gone. Rest easy Man. I love u with all my heart.


Todd and Chris Banks

August 20, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Thoughts and Prayers to the Family during this difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you and bring everlasting Peace and Love.


isis barnes

October 14, 2021 at 12:18 am

thank you for showing me how to actually live. thank you for being my friend.


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