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Jason Puckett

Jason Puckett

Jason William Puckett was born March 29, 1974 in Swift Current, SK. He passed away peacefully December 10, 2015 at his home in Yorkton, SK surrounded by his loving wife, Shelly (Dodds) Puckett, his adoring children, Ainsly (11) and Jack (9) as well as many other family members. Jason was not known for losing battles. Animals and fish such as the Diefenbaker walleye, the southern Saskatchewan mule deer, the northern white tail, elk, moose and the black bear know this fact all too well. In his 41 years Jason didn’t lose many battles of wit, he didn’t lose many late night card or Risk games and he didn’t lose out on finding true love. In true style Jason didn’t lose his battle with esophageal cancer. He fought hard; he battled with brute strength and fierce stubbornness. When Jason left this earth to complete the remainder of his journey, the family of Jason William Puckett do not feel Jason lost anything. In fact we all know Jason had a lifetime of wins. He had a life full of accomplishments. Jason was raised in Vanguard, SK, by proud parents Rob and Bev (Houghton) Puckett. I am sure looking back they had no idea the adventure they had embarked on when Jason arrived. A beautiful bouncing nine pound baby boy with blond curls and blue eyes that sparkled with mischief. Jason was fortunate to have his sister, Brenda (Puckett) Wilson. The Puckett family instilled in Jason a love of summers at the lake which Jason continued to share with all of our families. Jason attended Vanguard Elementary, Vanguard C.H. Peart High School and Swift Current Comprehensive High School. Younger years in Vanguard were filled with baseball, hockey, catching fish in the creek, hunting pheasants, riding bikes all over town and buying treats at Guy Seto’s corner store. Jason was known as a pool and rink rat and was likely kicked out of both a time or two! Small town life suited Jason just fine – fresh air, wide open space, wildlife and making life-long friends with other kids lucky enough to call Vanguard home. One of Jason’s biggest passions was playing hockey. In the early years Jason played on whatever team Vanguard or the Vanguard area could pull together. Quite often Jason was asked to play with the older age group due to his skill, determination and hard work. As Jason got older his hockey playing moved to Swift Current where he played on numerous Rep teams. There was more than one winter where Jason was billeted in Swift Current as he played. Jason had numerous coaches and forged many friendships through his hockey playing days. The second passion that Jason developed in high school was a love for Shelly. Shelly and Jason began their lifelong romance while in high school. After graduating high school Jason worked with Sage Drilling and managed Jay Dee Equipment. Jason attended Lethbridge Community College 1997 – 2001 where he completed Renewable Resource Management Diploma and an Applied Degree in Fish and Wildlife Technology. In 2002 Jason started his career working with the Sask Watershed Authority in Yorkton. Talk about turning your passions into your career! Take this lesson from Jason and find a career that you love. Jason and Shelly were married on June 2, 2001. There were no truer words spoken than a portion of the vows they shared on their wedding day –“I choose you to be my wife/husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I cherish our friendship and promise to love you today, tomorrow and forever. I promise to give you my strength to help us grow in good times and in bad; to care for you in sickness and health; to respect our individuality and make our home one of love and understanding. I love you unconditionally. Whatever the future holds for us, I will be by your side to support, comfort and encourage you to achieve all your dreams.” Jason and Shelly’s love shone through to anyone that saw them together. They truly were a couple that we can all admire and learn from. There are very few moments in life that truly take your breath away……for Jason those moments came from his children. On May 2, 2004 Ainsly Ilene arrived and Jason knew his world would never be the same. The sun, moon and stars now shone for Ainsly. From her feisty baby days to “I can do it myself” toddler moments and strong willed attitude Jason knew he would barely be able to stay one step ahead of his “Bug” Ainsly. She is a smart little lady who is a force to be reckoned with – Jason couldn’t have been prouder of her. On August 22, 2006 (amidst a tornado South of Yorkton) arrived Jack William Puckett. Jack has proven to be a “mini-me” of Jason in many ways. The bleach blonde hair, the bright blue eyes, the smirking grin and unlimited mischievous plans. Jason’s love of the outdoors and hockey lives strong in his son. Jason admires Jack’s determination and dedication. Jason passed on the advice “never lose heart”. Jason was a fabulous entertainer and host. He was very happy to organize an impromptu fishing trip, bar-b-que or fun filled adventure. Jason hosted many fishing trips over the years either with buddies, family members or friends. These fishing trips were from shore at Lake of the Prairies, in his boat at Prairie Lake or Ice fishing on various bodies of water. There was nothing Jason liked better than seeing and helping a child reel in their first big catch. This past summer Jason had the opportunity to fish in the Atlantic Ocean on a trip to the Maritimes. This trip is a memory that will be cherished for years to come. Jason was an amazing chef. He could whip up an incredible dinner in a matter of moments. A little splash of this and a little pinch of that and voila! He had a scrumptious meal prepared. Many of us can attest to his delicious meals. Our mouths water thinking about his famous BBQ ribs. To keep Jason’s memory alive we invite you to watch a sunset or a sunrise, catch and release a big fish (even though Shelly would try and convince Jason to keep it……fishing should always mean a fish fry!), teach a child to enjoy nature, learn about the beauty of our province and country and any chance you get share one of Jason’s many stories, tall tales or beverage of choice. Cancer sadly took Jason away from us, but his journey taught us strength, determination, and the power of family and friends. It taught us the importance of living life to the fullest every single day. There are no guarantees in life except the guarantee of today. In the end it is not the years in your life, but the life in your years. We love you Jason and will remember you always. Jason is survived by: his wife, Shelly (Dodds) Puckett; their children, Ainsly and Jack; his father, Rob Puckett; sister, Brenda (Reg) Wilson; their children, Avery and Griffin; mother and father-in-law, Cliff & Ilene Dodds; sister-in-law, Sheryn (Terence) Flynn; their daughter, Kim (Lance) Locken; their children, Kylan and Cameron; sons, Ryan Hornung and Skylar Flynn; sister-in-law, Sandra (Darrell) Senicar; their children, Aaron (Jen), Mitchel (Michelle) and Sawyer Senicar; grandfather, John Dempster and by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Jason was predeceased by: his mother, Bev Puckett; and by his grandparents, Jack & Flora Puckett, and Alvin & Laura Houghton. A Service to Celebrate Jason’s Life will be held on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Swift Current Legion Hall, 239 - 1st Ave. NE, Swift Current, SK. Following the celebration, there will be a cash bar and an ice cream sundae buffet.
Memorial donations can be made to South of the Divide – Conservation Action Program Inc. Box 583 Pontiex, SK, S0N 1Z0. Funeral arrangements were in care of Swift Current Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK. For further information or to leave a personal message of condolence on the family‘s obituary page, please go to


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