Jake Brewer, RIP; Update: Memorial educational fund launched

posted at 10:58 am on September 20, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

It is with great shock and sadness that we offer our condolences and prayers to the family of Jake Brewer, the husband of Mary Katharine Ham, and the father of Georgia and a child on the way, as well as his colleagues and friends at the White House and Change.org. Jake died as a result of an accident while participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer bicycle rally and fundraiser. He gave his life while trying to help others, a quality that Jake’s friends say is defining about him. Jake passed away yesterday at 34 years of age.

Mary Katharine published this statement on Instagram, along with a picture of their growing family:

We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don’t have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was self-evident. His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. I will miss him forever, even more than I can know right now. No arms can be her father’s, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine. This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain– that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. If that sounds too optimistic at this time, it’s because it is. But there was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had. In a life where nothing is guaranteed, Jake made the absolute, ever-lovin’ most of his time with all of us. This is a family picture we took a couple weeks ago. It was taken because Jake, as always, was ready with a camera and his immense talent. All four members of our little, growing family are in it. I can never be without him because these babies are half him. They are made of some of the strongest, kindest stuff God had to offer this world. Please pray that he can see us and we’ll all make him proud. God, I love him. Psalm 34:18, Philippians 1:3

A photo posted by Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammertime) on

Nothing we can add would be adequate to the profound loss and sorrow which Mary Katharine, their families and their friends are suffering at the moment. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them, and we’d ask our readers to join us. Later, we’ll ask a friend to give us a more complete recognition of Jake’s life, but we do not wish to unnecessarily disturb them during this time of shock and mourning.

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.

Amen.

Update: The family and friends of Jake Brewer, Mary Katharine’s husband, have launched a GoFundMe project to create an educational fund for their two children, Georgia and the one on the way.

Those of us who love Jake want to help ensure that Mary Katharine and the family have everything they need — now and (especially) in the future.  Please contribute to help provide for their childrens’ education as they grow up. These funds may also be used to advance ideas about which Jake was passionate.  Finally, Mary Katharine has asked that people consider donating to a cause very close to their hearts: The Travis Manion Foundation, which supports families of fallen US servicemen, at   www.TravisManion.org.

The goal of the education fund is $200,000, probably a bare minimum for college education for two students 16-18 years from now. Let’s push this higher than that. Mary Katharine faces some very difficult challenges for her children and herself without Jake, but we can help take worries over education off the table for her.

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harlekwin15 on September 21, 2015 at 9:27 AM

HugoDrax on September 21, 2015 at 9:29 AM

Gentlemen, – we’ve been trying to keep this thread as a respectful place for folks to express their condolences to MKH as they wish. Don’t force Jazz to close it like AP had to do with the other one.

The fund is incidental to this thread and entirely voluntary. Its not your business to ask whether MKH is in need of it or not. Crowdfunding rules and donation systems have all kinds of requirements, including disclosures about all possible uses of the money. The fund is no different than any statements made in an obit about “donations in lieu of flowers” or the like. If you don’t like what will become of your $10, don’t give.

If you don’t like GFM or the Cancer Society or the president or anything else in relation to Mary Katharine’s loss, then by all means, hop over to Blogger or WordPress and set up your own rant farm and have at it. Have the common basic decency to respect Mary Katharine’s pain. Its incredibly sad that I or anybody else should have to write these words.

Drax, you tried to derail the other thread and its now closed. H15 – take your issues to your own house. Enough already.

Skip2014 on September 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM

It was a bad decision to close the other thread. That’s all I am going to say.

DisneyFan on September 21, 2015 at 10:06 AM

You need to consider some of these posts are being driven by the perception that political class losses are perceived by the political-class even more extra-tragic than others. There’s also more than a whiff of “micro-aggression” over-sensitivity and reflexive shutdowns of differing opinions. Isn’t that what we usually mock in here?

It’s one of the country’s better political amalgamation sites. We need to roll with the punches, regardless of the subject matter.

contrarian on September 21, 2015 at 10:06 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so very sorry for your great loss.

bopbottle on September 21, 2015 at 10:07 AM

No offense, but look: you knew him. I didn’t. Don’t ask me for money.

mojo on September 21, 2015 at 9:47 AM

No offense Mojo, but some things are better left unsaid.

gryphon202 on September 21, 2015 at 9:49 AM

This. ^^

It’s nothing less than disgusting how so many here have taken a horrible tragedy befalling a HotAir contributor and conservative pundit, and a mother left to raise two children…one not even born yet…and turned it into a crusade against a GoFundMe page.

Nice set of priorities.

JetBoy on September 21, 2015 at 10:08 AM

When you think of all the unfortunate, poor people in terrible situations, in this country, and around the world, the request for $200,000 for tuition costs for one toddler and an unborn kid can’t be justified.

HugoDrax on September 21, 2015 at 9:19 AM

Who are you to say what response is justified, or where kids that are not your own should go to school, or what an adequate amount would be for their education? If you find it unseemly to lend a hand to MKH and her children, don’t. You could always set up a fund for or donate to those other unfortunate, poor people instead.

changer1701 on September 21, 2015 at 10:08 AM

It was a bad decision to close the other thread. That’s all I am going to say.

DisneyFan on September 21, 2015 at 10:06 AM

Was it? Should MKH come here and see all of that? Was it a bad decision? AP made the right call closing it. It became a stupid, childish sh1tshow because a few TruCons wanted to come and sling politics over a dead man.

blatantblue on September 21, 2015 at 10:08 AM

As Allahpundit noted in his last post before closing the headline thread, it is apparently futile to hope for common decency on the internet. But then, it didn’t take Jake Brewer’s death to teach me that.

SMH

gryphon202 on September 21, 2015 at 9:48 AM

Conservatives are sensitive to being called heartless, as they are called that endlessly by liberals, for example, if they don’t support some social program for children. When the conservative protests that the program doesn’t do what it says it does, they’re told they’re hateful, and that’s the end of the discussion. Thread closed.

In this case the gofundme page is titled “Jake Brewer memorial education fund”. The fine print says “These funds may also be used to advance ideas about which Jake was passionate.”. When someone points this out, they’re called all kinds of names. This is what happens to conservatives all the time.

It’s possible to both engage our critical thinking abilities, and be compassionate, at the same time. It’s not either/or.

LashRambo on September 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM

You need to consider some of these posts are being driven by the perception that political class losses are perceived by the political-class even more extra-tragic than others. There’s also more than a whiff of “micro-aggression” over-sensitivity and reflexive shutdowns of differing opinions. Isn’t that what we usually mock in here?

It’s one of the country’s better political amalgamation sites. We need to roll with the punches, regardless of the subject matter.

contrarian on September 21, 2015 at 10:06 AM

It’s not that they’re extra-tragic, it’s that they know MKH and her family. These things always hit more close to home when you know and work with the people it happens to, which also explains that extra sensitivity to the ghoulishness being displayed by some here.

changer1701 on September 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM

I just read the article that describes the accident. That was just stupid to have that biking event right next to regular traffic. I understand you can’t go closing roads for these things so maybe only allow them only on bike trails? Not sure of the answer here. Just such an awful thing to have happened.

I’m very sorry for your loss, MK. I don’t know you, but will pray for you and your family. God Bless.

TeaTrekkie on September 21, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Drax, you tried to derail the other thread and its now closed. H15 – take your issues to your own house. Enough already.

Skip2014 on September 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM

*wink*

harlekwin15 on September 21, 2015 at 10:14 AM

It’s possible to both engage our critical thinking abilities, and be compassionate, at the same time. It’s not either/or.

LashRambo on September 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM

+1

harlekwin15 on September 21, 2015 at 10:15 AM

So sorry MKH for your loss and the road you are going to travel on for quite some time. My heart breaks knowing little Georgia will ask you when is daddy coming home and the strength it will take to answer that question. Jake will always be there with you through the lives of your two children.

The foundation of your children lives was formed by the relationship you had with Jake. That can never be taken away.

Wishing you the best.

HonestLib on September 21, 2015 at 10:16 AM

Jazz, its time to close this thread as well. Jetboy can get on with the Book of Condolences concept that we talked about earlier. When the participants in a memorial thread begin to believe their opinions are more important than the grief of the grievors, then the point of the thread has been lost. This has been an incredibly sad weekend for HA, MKH and all “conservatives”.

Skip2014 on September 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM

Jazz, its time to close this thread as well. Jetboy can get on with the Book of Condolences concept that we talked about earlier. When the participants in a memorial thread begin to believe their opinions are more important than the grief of the grievors, then the point of the thread has been lost. This has been an incredibly sad weekend for HA, MKH and all “conservatives”.

Skip2014 on September 21, 2015 at 10:18 AM

*wink*

harlekwin15 on September 21, 2015 at 10:20 AM

I think on threads like this it is better to show respect and leave condolences to the deceased, a young widow and her children in a time of tragedy, and leave it at that.

It’s not the time or place for either side of the “Tru-Con/establishment divide to play politics; show respect and leave it for other topics.

I hope that she raises a large amount of money for her children and is able to move on from the loss.

Redstone on September 21, 2015 at 10:22 AM

It was a bad decision to close the other thread. That’s all I am going to say.

DisneyFan on September 21, 2015 at 10:06 AM

I agree with you. This one should have been closed too. And the ghouls should be put on extreme notice.

KingGold on September 21, 2015 at 10:22 AM

In this case the gofundme page is titled “Jake Brewer memorial education fund”. The fine print says “These funds may also be used to advance ideas about which Jake was passionate.”. When someone points this out, they’re called all kinds of names. This is what happens to conservatives all the time.

It’s possible to both engage our critical thinking abilities, and be compassionate, at the same time. It’s not either/or.

LashRambo on September 21, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Sure, but it’s also possible not to leap to the conclusion that “These funds may also be used to advance ideas about which Jake was passionate” means donations will be used to fund liberal causes. I would assume he was passionate about ‘ideas’ beyond the purely political, just as I would hope the rest of us are. To assume not isn’t critical thinking, it’s politization of the worst sort.

changer1701 on September 21, 2015 at 10:23 AM

No offense, but look: you knew him. I didn’t. Don’t ask me for money.

mojo. Sep 21, 2015 at 9:47 am

If you don’t want to contribute, that’s fine: don’t. What I don’t understand is the apparent compulsion to demonstrate to the world your lack of humanity and compassion.

cam2 on September 21, 2015 at 10:25 AM

I agree with you. This one should have been closed too.

Yep, and now it will be. Thanks to all the commenters here who sent MK sweet messages. Thanks to everyone who didn’t for proving once again that there’s nothing so tender that it can’t be reduced to a pile of garbage on the Internet.

Allahpundit on September 21, 2015 at 10:26 AM