JASON K. MEINERS, CAPT, USMC
Captain Jason K. Meiners, 27 of Havelock, NC, formerly of Avon Lake, passed away, Saturday, February 3, at the Cherry Point Marine Corp Air Station following injuries he sustained in an aircraft accident. Captain Meiners was born, June 12, 1973 in Kansas City, MO and had lived in Havelock NC for the past year.
He was a 1991 Graduate of Avon Lake High School, where he was president of the Junior Class, Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook, captain of the Soccer and Basketball teams, member and State Qualifier of the Track Team, and received the Kights of Columbus Athletic Award. In 1998, Captain Meiners was elected to the Avon Lake High School Sports Hall of Fame. Other High School achievements include being elected to Student Council, member of the Varsity Club, National Honor Society, Math-Science Club and Buckeye Boys State.
In 1996 Captain Meiners graduated with honors from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD where he, as a First Class Midshipman commanded the 3rd Company. After Graduation Captain Meiners was awarded the Marine Corp Burke Scholarship for his outstanding academic achievements. He was commissioned as a second Lieutenant with the United States Marine Corps, May 24, 1996 and reported to The Basic School (TBS), Quantico, VA. After TBS, Captain Meiners reported to NAS Pensacola for Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination Training. From there Captain Meiners went to NAS Corpus Christi, TX for Primary Fixed Wing Training. Having received high marks, Captain Meiners was selected for Basic/Advanced Jet training in Meridian, MS. He was winged a Naval Aviator on February 25, 2000 and reported to the "Hawks" of Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC in May 2000 for training in the AV-8B Harrier.
He was a tri-athlete and an avid reader.
Captain Meiners is survived by his wife, Lisa M. (nee Sebastian), whom he married October 19, 1999 and is expecting their first child in July. Other survivors include his father, Larry S. Meiners of Avon Lake, his Mother Carol A. Meiners of Avon Lake, a brother Lance Meiners of Streetsboro, OH and paternal grandparents, Fred and Mary Meiners of Greenwood, MO.. He is preceded in death by a brother Lane Meiners in 1971.