Lasting Memories

Jared James Fon Yau Ke'liikuikahi Lee
April 8, 1998-Aug. 14, 2023
irvine, California

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jared Lee, a son, brother, and friend of exceptional character and boundless spirit. Born on April 8, 1998, Jared left us too soon on August 14, 2023, leaving an extraordinary legacy of kindness and service in his wake.

Jared grew up in Danville, graduated from Dougherty Valley High in San Ramon, and was a class officer, member of the several sport teams and clubs, and was a Mr. Wildcat finalist. He was also an Eagle Scout in Danville’s Troop 60, and most recently worked as an Ombuds at UC Irvine.

He is survived by his loving family, including his parents, Roger Lee and Michelle Lee, his sisters, Michaela Lee and Noelani Lee, as well as many cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Jared will be remembered for his compassionate spirit, his empathy, appreciation for nature, and love of the Lord. He was someone who filled the room with warmth, always ready to help those in need and spread smiles wherever he went.

Jared had a quiet, determined enthusiasm for everything he put his mind to. He loved the Boy Scouts and eventually became an Eagle Scout. He loved running and eventually competed in an Ironman half-triathlon. He loved being a peacemaker (as the youngest of three, he often had to be) and eventually became an ombuds at the University of California, Irvine. Jared pushed himself to continually grow and always aimed to inspire others to do the same.

He constantly strove to be outdoors, on the move, and enjoying the sun--and he especially loved to share outdoors time with others. Among his many pleasures were surfing, snowboarding, biking, pickleball, racquetball, hiking, backpacking, camping, snorkeling, scuba diving, outrigger canoeing, kayaking, and sailing.

To his family and close friends, Jared was also known for his boundless creative spirit. He always carved out time to sketch and draw, play the ukelele, and spend time outdoors in the garden. His commitment to the environment was reflected in the many trees he cultivated from seeds. These trees, which continue to grow and flourish, are a fitting tribute to Jared's unwavering love for the outdoors.

Jared always had an inquisitive nature. As a child, he would always try to figure out how things worked. He would ask "why" and "how", not letting up until he was satisfied with the response. As he got older he questioned his presence in the world and his responsibility to others. This search led him to the Lord. Throughout his life, Jared was an active member at churches including in Dublin, Kailua, and Tustin.

In Jared, the world has lost a beautiful soul. His kindness, love, and commitment to service will continue to inspire all who knew him.

From Roger Lee
Sept. 2, 2023

Jared enjoyed travel and all sorts of adventures, from China, to Mongolia, Vietnam, Korea, to Italy

From Roger Lee
Sept. 2, 2023

Mongolia yak riding