Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. -Maya Angelou

Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry ... in the right way - that is not easy. -Aristotle
  • 20 years old
  • Born on November 25, 1993 in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States.
  • Passed away on March 3, 2014 in Key Largo, Florida, United States.

Quote found on Jared's phone nicely sums up his attitude towards college and work - from Gladiator movie :-)

Maximus: You don't find it hard to do your duty?

Cicero: Sometimes I do what I want to do. The rest of the time, I do what I have to.

Fitting quote we picked (not Jared) from one of Jared's favorite movies, "Lucky Number Slevin". It's a bit dark so it doesn't represent Jared, just our mood on the situation.

The Rabbi Gangster: The unlucky are nothing more than a frame of reference for the lucky, Mister Fisher. You are unlucky, so I may know that I am not. Unfortunately the lucky never realize they are lucky until it's too late.


Turning grief into joy sounds good as long as one is not grieving. For someone who is mourning over the loss of a child, it is extremely difficult to be satisfied with comforting words like, “God must have wanted another angel.”

"... after the early bursts of tears, after the praises have been spoken, and the good days remembered, and the lament cried, and the grave closed, there is no company in grief. It is a burden borne alone.” Ursula K. Le Guin

"Death of a child is the ultimate parental sorrow. It is a wound that never heals, a void that lasts forever, and it brings grief for which there is no comfort. Yet for parents, life must continue even when living in the shock wave of death becomes a forced march".

Happiness is over rated. It doesn't matter anyway because happiness cannot exist anymore because it is relative to what was and my family will never be complete without Jared. I will never know that happiness again. 

Sometimes even to live in an act of courage. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Donations For Jared McPeak Memorial Scholarship Fund

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to a scholarship fund in Jared's name at Texas A&M Maritime Academy. Donations can be made online at or be sent by mail using a paper form that you can print from gift.pdf.
Note: The EIN number for charitable contributions at Texas A&M for Jared is 74-0490856. This is important to have for Employer / Company match.
I am currently behind in sending out our thank you notes to people...

Thank you

Thank you for the donations that have been made in Jared's name for his scholarship fund. We are touched by the number of people that also cherished Jared's short life.
We have received well over half of the $25,000 needed to set up an Endowed Memorial in Jared's name. The school uses the principal from the pooled funds so the scholarship can be a self-sustaining annual award to a deserving future scholar.

Posted by Karen Jensen on 25th November 2017
Jason, Sheila, Samantha, Sydney, my thoughts are with you often. I know that missing Jared will never be easy. I pray that you continue find ways to continue to enjoy the dear memories of such an amazing son and brother. Jared is thought of fondly and is truly missed. Love and prayers for you you all.
Posted by Tara McPeak on 3rd March 2017
Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death~Anonymous
Posted by Jacek & Ela M on 3rd March 2017
Remembering fun Hook Races with All of You! Memories stay forever!
Posted by Jacek & Ela M on 4th March 2016
Jared, Sheila, Jason, Sam, & Sydney: You are often in our thoughts and prayers!!!
Posted by Marta Behrens on 3rd March 2016
Jason, Sheila, Sam and Sydney - Letting you know that you are often in my thoughts and prayers and thinking that remembering this day isn't as important as remembering Jared's life and spirit. Hoping your hearts have found some peace.
Posted by Jacek & Ela M on 3rd March 2015
Time goes by but good memories are always alive!
Posted by Jacek & Ela M on 25th November 2014
Thinking about you Jared and your Family on your Birthday and many other days!
Posted by Nancy Kriege on 25th November 2014
We will never forget Jared! What a wonderful young man, son and brother. Thinking of your family on this day and many, many other days.
Posted by Narelle Prew on 10th May 2014
Thinking of Jason, Sheila, Sam and Sydney today as Jared is finally laid to rest. And remembering that Jared isn't gone...he's just gone on ahead....
Posted by Steve & Dawn Overesch on 9th May 2014
Jason and Family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the sympathy we feel and wish to convey. Please know that Jared is now in a better place than are we and shares each day in the presence of the Lord. Although we never had the good fortune to meet Jared, from the comments we’ve read it sounds like he was a very kind and gentlemanly young man who touched many lives - what a wonderful tribute to his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and will be always.
Posted by Narelle Prew on 8th May 2014
The kids on Adams Drive, Key Largo miss their fun-loving, but kind and gentle "big brother". May Jared's goodness dwell in all our hearts forever....
Posted by Amy Baehnman De Santis on 6th May 2014
Jason and Shelia, I am so sorry for your loss. No words can ever heal the broken heart you have but please know you are in my prayers.
Posted by Mary Van Asten on 6th May 2014
Jason and Family, No words can ever express the sympathy I feel for you. A loss of someone so full of hope and promise is so tragic. Please know my heart and prayers goes out to you and your family.
Posted by Scott Wolff on 3rd May 2014
Jason & Sheila, we can't imagine what you have been through the last few months. He certainly made an impact in the time he had. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Cherish the memories as they will be with you forever. Scott & Amy
Posted by Cindy Schmidt on 3rd May 2014
So sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! You now have a guardian angel watching over you! He will do great things from above.
Posted by Sarah Endter on 2nd May 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Kris Groell on 2nd May 2014
Sheila, Jason, Sam & Syd - We just learned of Jared's passing this morning. We are shocked and saddened. As parents, know that our hearts ache for you. We are thankful for the Lord's promise of a joyful reunion in heaven for all of you. Thinking of you always. With much love, Paul & Kris Groell
Posted by Michele Pankow on 1st May 2014
Jason and Sheila, As I read these tributes I can't fight the tears for someone I never even met. I can't even fathom the thought of losing a child. My heart goes out to everyone whose lives he has touched. He sounds like he was an amazing young man. I wish I had the pleasure of meeting him. Know I am thinking of your family. Love to you all!
Posted by Calvin Nachtrab on 20th March 2014
Jason,Sheila I am so sorry for your lose. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.
Posted by Linda Rodgers on 15th March 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. There is no greater loss for a parent than that of a child. We are so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Kelly And Tony Spors on 13th March 2014
We cannot express how sorry we are to hear of your loss. We are thinking of your family.
Posted by Jacek & Ela M on 10th March 2014
We are thinking about you and pray that you stay strong during this difficult time. We hope you will find conform in all the great memories you have of Jared. He was a great person and he will never be forgotten.
Posted by Lauren Miller on 8th March 2014
You hear about the Aggie Band And the Spirit of Aggieland. But few have heard the Farewell Hymn Of Silver Taps at A&M All day the flag flies at half-mast. A sign to us of a solemn task, To bid farewell to one who’s gone. With Silver Taps he’s not alone. The night is dark and very still. Where Sully stands the area fills With a silent crowd of those who care. Their hearts all joined in silent prayer The Ross Volunteers, the honor guard, Speak for us all as their guns discharge. Twenty-one guns now blast the air And fade away in the darkness there. The taps blow loud from the tower near. And twice again so faint, yet clear. Like rustling wings of a soul in flight, Silver Taps fades in the night. You stand spellbound, you scarcely breathe. With heavy heart you turn to leave. Your Aggie friend no more you’ll see, Till Silver Taps is blown for thee. Silver Taps at A&M Will always be our farewell hymn To those who’ve gone to heights unknown. With Silver Taps, he journeys on. Miss you Jared. - L
Posted by Karen Jensen on 8th March 2014
Jared, your warm smile and gracious personality will always be remembered. You are now an angel in Heaven watching over your beloved ones here on earth. May your soul be filled with joy and peace. You will live on in our hearts, minds and souls.
Posted by Nancy Kriege on 8th March 2014
To your beautiful family...Jason, Shelia, Sam and Sydney...our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will always remember Jared as the handsome first mate. Nancy & Ed
Posted by Tim Steffes on 8th March 2014
Jason, Sheila, Sam, Sydney We are deeply saddened by your loss. Please try and feel comfort in knowing that we are thinking and praying for all of you during this difficult time. May God bless all of you. With sympathy, Tim, Lisa, Alaina, and Lauryn
Posted by Mark&Darcy Schoenick on 8th March 2014
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all, during this very difficult time.
Posted by Mariann Carozza on 8th March 2014
Sheila and Jason and family, my deepest sympathy to you. “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” Helen Keller
Posted by Connie Leischow on 8th March 2014
Dear Jason, Sheila and family. Frank and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son "Jared". We can't imagine your pain and sorrow. But Jared is with our "Lord" now. One day we will all be together with our Father and family in "Heaven"! It will be so wonderful! May the Lord help you through this painful time. Love you.....
Posted by Valinda Street on 7th March 2014
Sheila, Jason, Sam and Sydney, There are no words to adequately express our sorrow at your loss, or to help you through your grief. We can only pray that in time your happy memories of Jared will overshadow your pain. With Love, Aunt Valinda and Uncle Christopher
Posted by Allan Lefeber on 7th March 2014
My deepest sympathies. My heart sank hearing the news. Jared was a great kid, and young man. I am sure you are proud. I wish there was something I could say; or do, to take away your suffering and pain. But please know that we care, and we are here for you. Wishing you hope, comfort, love and happiness.
Posted by Tim Haskew on 6th March 2014
Sam, I am sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in the prayers of my family. Please let me know if I can help in any way. Tim Haskew
Posted by Sushma Kotru on 6th March 2014
Sam, I am extremely sorry to hear about this irrepairable loss. My heart felt condolence to the entire family. May God give you and your family enough strength to bear this loss. Stay strong. Sushma
Posted by Linda Signorelli on 6th March 2014
So sorry for your loss. Jared was my student aid in the computer lab at coral shores. He was such a pleasure to have in my classroom each day. He was so caring, kind and thoughtful.
Posted by Mary Tlachac on 6th March 2014
Sheila, I'm your Dad's cousin Mary. On behalf of all of my family we send our love, prayers and sympathies to you, Jason and your daughters. Mary and Mark Tlachac, Margaret Hoffman, Nancy and Paul Ninas
Posted by Edward Kathy Iversen on 6th March 2014
We are so sorry for your loss at this time.. He is a very special guy that Heaven is rejoicing in having up there. Our prayers are with all of you at this time.
Posted by Terri Lambe on 6th March 2014
Sheila, Jason and family, I am so sorry to hear about Jared’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Marta Behrens on 6th March 2014
Jason, Sheila and family, I'm am shocked and heartbroken by this news. My deepest sympathy and and prayers go out to you as you begin your healing journey. I'm glad I was fortunate enough to get a closer glimpse of the 'quiet' Jared when we went sailing on lake Michigan, Jared was a sweet, smart, gentle, soul. I can't begin to imagine your loss but will continue to send prayers and love your way.
Posted by Nancy Stoller on 6th March 2014
Deepest sympathy to you and your family from Kim Antol and Sonny Unterberger
Posted by Cassandra Reger on 6th March 2014
Oh. My. Stars. I am so sorry to hear this! He was such a great kid! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!!! We love you all!!
Posted by Vaishali Batra on 6th March 2014
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. May god rest his soul in peace and bless you all with courage and patience to bear the loss.
Posted by Marlies De Kluyver on 6th March 2014
Jason, Sheila, Sam, and Sydney - My thoughts and prayers are with you. Even though Jared was quiet he lived life with passion. He knew what he wanted and went for it with no fear. He had the kindest soul and will be missed. I will remember his smile of joy when sailing or just out on the water in the gulf. Jared will be the brightest star in the sky reminding us to enjoy life to the fullest ~ Marlies & James
Posted by Nancy Stoller on 6th March 2014
My deepest sympathy to you, Sheila and the girls. No words can describe the loss of a child but Jared has been called home as God has other plans for him. He will always be in your hearts and will always be there in spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time. Rest in peace Jared.
Posted by Tammy Ohrmundt on 6th March 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Sydney during this unimaginable loss. May God wrap his arms around you and bring you comfort and peace. We love you
Posted by Ed Kriege on 6th March 2014
I remember when we went sailing with the McPeaks and what a nice kid Jared was -- taking his dad's orders with a smile on his face, executing his duties with precision and quiet confidence. We never think that we'll outlive our children, so it always comes as a shock when the Creator calls one of its own home first. Or as the Indian proverb says, "Remember that your children are not your own, but are lent to you by the Creator." Jason and Sheila, although nothing will fill the hole in your hearts please know that so many of us are sending our love your way as a poor substitute for your loss.
Posted by Kris Wagnac on 6th March 2014
At a loss for words. It just hurts so much to know that I lost someone I used to see as a brother. I just hope that one day we can meet again and hang out like old times. I'll never forget the good old times when we would hang out at my house or your house or somewhere in the neighborhood and it would always be a good time whether it was sports British bulldog or video games. I could go on for days with the good old times or how we thought about how weird things would be when we were older... I would get in trouble with my dad one more time if it meant we got to hang out one more time. Gone way too soon and you'll always have a place in my heart. Tough as nails with a heart of gold. Love you Jared forever and always.
Posted by Kaitlyn O'Leary on 5th March 2014
Hearing about Jared's passing was definitely a shock to me. I give my condolences to Sydney and the rest of the McPeak family. I remember first meeting Jared and he wouldn't even speak 2 words to me other than hi. But after a few months one word turned into an actual conversation, and that is when I got to know how hilarious and compassionate he truly was. Even having chemistry class together, I sat next to him and anytime I needed an answer to a problem he would always help. Again, I am so sorry for the loss of Jared again. Rest in Peace, Jared.
Posted by Terry Woelfel on 5th March 2014
I can only imagine... (If you don't know the song please listen to it.) I am typing this and can barely hold back tears. We pray deeply for you all to heal from this loss. I know God has a master plan for all of us and it's very difficult to understand why. Trust that you are surrounded by many friends willing to lend an ear or help in any way. We are very saddened by Jared's passing... With Heartfelt sympathy... Terry, Melissa, Bryce and Grace
Posted by Pamela Sundquist-Caputo on 5th March 2014
My beautiful neighbor, Jared, became an angel. Jared you have left smiles on our faces and love in our hearts. You will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Hugs and kisses to you in heaven.
Posted by Pat Atteberry on 5th March 2014
Glen and I are so sad to hear about Jared's passing. We have been praying for a miracle, but God has His own plans and Jared is with Him now. Please accept our deepest condolences; we are truly sorry for your loss.

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