Following a courageous battle with lung cancer Jason “J” Thomas Burrell, at the age of 45, peacefully passed on to heaven at home with his wife Jessica at his side on September 9, 2022.
Jason was preceded in death by his mother, Anita (Burrell) Chittenden and Grandparents.
Jason is survived by his wife, Jessica (Suitt) Burrell of Chandler, AZ; his father, Tom Burrell; stepmother, Robin Burrell of Goodyear, AZ; his sister, Kristine (Burrell) Taylor of Gilbert, AZ; his nephew, Jacob Taylor of Gilbert, AZ; his in-laws; several cousins; The Balsley Family and Suitt Family.
Jason was born to Tom Burrell and Anita (Burrell) Chittenden on March 15th, 1977 in West Allis, Wisconsin. He resided there for a short time until his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona.
Jason lived in various cities as a young boy, but Tempe, Arizona became home throughout his grade school and high school years with many days of skateboarding, swimming, baseball, soccer and video games with friends. Many of those childhood friends became lifelong brothers until the very end.
After graduating from Corona Del Sol High School, he worked in the printing industry for several years and went on to work in transportation and logistics as a driver and manager.
Jason met his wife, Jessica, in 2013 where they both were working, and they married in 2017. Jason and Jessica lived in Chandler with their three dogs- Rousey, Tillman and Miesha.
If Jason was not at work or home, he was at one of his favorite establishments socializing, playing Bingo and watching sports. He loved all of the local teams, especially the Arizona Cardinals. He was always on the go. You could also find him at Red Lobster, and he liked to sneak out to the casino.
Jason was a member of the Sons of American Legion Squadron 91 Chandler, AZ and VFW Auxiliary Post 7401 Chandler, Az.
He had a great gift in becoming friends and staying friends with so many people throughout the years, a testament to his kindness. He had a heart of gold.
Although Jason never had any children of his own besides his fur babies, he loved kids, and they loved him. He was an amazing uncle to Jacob Taylor and beloved godfather to Katlyn Wilcox.
In April 2020, Jason was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. He was a warrior with so much strength through chemotherapy and radiation. Treatment eventually forced him to go on disability. In 2022, the cancer spread to his brain, and shortly thereafter to his spine. He never once complained.
Jason was a humble, calm, trustworthy, wonderful, and loving person who gave his all to his wife, sister, nephew, parents, other family and all of his friends. He was everyone’s cheerleader and biggest supporter.
A sweet soul with an unforgettable smile, truly one of a kind. Strong-willed and stubborn, always a straight shooter. He loved his family, his country, football, whiskey, beer, cigarettes, and tattoos.
Jason was passionate about music, specifically the band, Pearl Jam. “I know I was born and I know that I’ll die, The in-between is mine”
The most enduring quality above anything else was he lived his life his way, every single day. Things will never be the same without him. May he forever rest in perfect peace. He would say to all of us, “I’m good.”
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Sunday, October 16th at 2pm at the American Legion- Post 35
2240 W Chandler Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85224.
In lieu of flowers, cards may be sent to:
2308 E Chicago St.
Chandler, AZ 85224.
Jason’s charities of choice are the following:
American Cancer Society
Arizona Cardinals Charities