Jonathon Harold Coleman
October 5, 1988 - December 25, 2012
Jonathon Harold Coleman was born Oct. 5, 1988 and died Dec. 25, 2012.
An angel on earth was given his wings to fly to heaven and be with his God. His time here was short in human terms. The impact of his presence in this world will survive him. Jon was an inspiration to anyone who ever met him. His zest for life was an open expression on his face. The challenges he faced never held him back. Quick to laugh, he also felt the pain of others. He wore his tender heart on his sleeve, never afraid to express his grief for others. His mother was his rock and best friend. Rarely was one seen without the other.
He had a special soft spot for all animals, but especially those that had been abused, mistreated, or sick. He was especially honored to be the official ambassador of Whispering Hope Ranch. His likeness along with Luck Lady, the blind horse, hangs over the entrance there.
He graduated from Payson High in 2007 with a letter for academics. He continued school in the special education program until 2011. He had a passion for school, his teachers, aide, and fellow classmates.
He had a love for music and singing — singing karaoke was a special pleasure.
He was always ready to go fishing from the time he started walking. Cast for Kids an annual event at Lake Pleasant was something he always looked forward to.
He was an avid football fan and during football season nothing could interfere with his listening to the pro games on Sundays.
Mr. Coleman was loved and survived by his mother, Deborah Coleman; sister, Jessica Garcia; grandfather, Harold (Dusty) Coleman, all from Payson. Also surviving are grandmother, Lola Albright; aunt, Kim Perez; cousins, Justin, Jeremy and Jordan; and beloved nieces, Savannah, Kyla and Mikayla.
The Payson Roundup published several articles about Jonathon over the years. They are archived there.
A celebration of life will be held at The Buffalo Bar and Grill at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5. A memorial fund has been established with the Bank of America, Payson Branch, Deborah Coleman, c/o Jon Coleman (to help cover costs of cremation and funeral expenses); Acct3 4570-2307-3667.