Written by Meleiah Gonzalez on October 16, 2020
Jason Micheal Cravens, 43, of Keokuk, passed away on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at his residence in Burlington, Iowa.
Jason was born on July 25, 1977, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Rick Cravens and Julie (Varner) Russell. He graduated from Keokuk High School in 1995 and worked at several factories in the tri-state area, and earned himself the title of a “Jack of all trades”. Jason was a die-hard Nascar fan, attending several races around the United States cheering on his favorite driver, Tony Stewart. He also enjoyed road tripping to Busch Stadium and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals. Jason was very outgoing, he knew no stranger. He had a loud, infectious laugh that was unforgettable. Jason loved hanging with his friends. Whether it was behind the scenes of go cart races, golfing, or playing Softball. Most of all, he loved his family and was especially proud of his nieces and nephews. Even through all Jason’s trials, he remained the same funny, caring, person with a huge heart and a potential for greatness. He will be missed by many.
Jason is survived by his father Rick (Teena) Cravens of Montrose, Iowa; his mother Julie Russell (Wes) of Keokuk, Iowa; six siblings: Shy (Jeremy) Matlock of Keokuk, Zachary (Carly) Russell of Keokuk, Christopher (Chelsie) Happs of Keokuk, Missy Stepp of Keokuk, Lena Davis of Keokuk and Westyn Fraher of Montrose; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jason is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, James Varner, Richard and Jo Ann Humphrey and Stuart and Una Cravens. His stepfather Billie Russell and his stepmother Kathy Cravens.
Jason’s life will be celebrated with a visitation from 2 to 6 pm on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home, 917 Blondeau Street, Keokuk, Iowa 52632. A private family burial will take place at Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk. For the safety of those attending, masks are strongly encouraged, and social distancing practices will be in place.
Memorials may be directed to Narcotics Anonymous.