Let the memory of Jason be with us forever
  • 20 years old
  • Born on October 1, 1988 .
  • Passed away on April 10, 2009 .

Drew Virtue was close friends with Jason G. Pautsch since sixth grade and they played football together. "There''s a lot of things I can say about Jason," Virtue said. "One of the things that stands out about him is his faith. Jason had real strong faith. I''m sure he''s up in heaven looking down on us now." Pautsch, 20, of Davenport, Iowa, died April 10 when his vehicle was struck by an explosive in Mosul. He was assigned to Fort Carson. Pautsch graduated from high school in 2006 a semester early, blowing off the senior prom and being able to graduate with his friends so he could enlist in the Army. He was a thrill-seeker who enjoyed hunting and BMX biking in his spare time. On the football field, on the wrestling mat, and in all he did, Jason "had a lot of hustle, more than anybody I ever knew," Virtue said. "There''s never a bad moment with Jason," he added. "I could go on for days and days about him and still it wouldn''t do him justice. He is survived by his parents, David Pautsch, and Teri Johnson. Of being in the military, his father said: "I remember he told me once, ''You know, Dad, I''m really good at this.''"

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