Suwannee Democrat


January 24, 2014

Jake Hansen remembered

Branford community mourns loss of former Buc football and baseball star

Live Oak —

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, will always be remembered by family and friends of 19-year-old Jake Austin “Baby” Hansen of the day he passed away. Although Jake was taken early and suddenly, those who knew Jake will forever cherish the memories.

Jake was born on May 28, 1995, in Avon Park to James and Michelle. Jake had one brother, Joshua, and two sisters, Erica and Sierra. 

He was an avid hunter and was a motorcycle enthusiast. He loved sports and played both baseball and football. During his senior year, Jake wore jersey number four and played as the running back and linebacker.

He graduated from Branford High School in 2013 and made a lot of friends along the way.

Jake remembered

His family

“He has touched so many lives with his huge heart and unpredictable sense of humor. Our hearts will never be the same and only through God’s grace and each other’s love and support will we make it through each moment to come. Thank you to everyone that has came into our beloved Jake’s life. He enjoyed life and the simple things because all of you were a part of it.”

From Mom, Donnie, Joshua, Erica and Sierra 

His friends

One of Jake’s former coaches Billy Bony recalled Jake’s decision to accept Christ and will remember his smiling personality.

“I have known Jake since he was in grammar school. I was fortunate enough to coach Jake a few years in football. Jake also escorted my daughter when she was homecoming princess when they were freshmen,” said Bony. “What I remember about Jake is his smile and his great sense of humor. Also, I was very happy for Jake when he trusted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at youth camp. We often don't understand but just remember that God is in control. Jake will be missed and I just pray for God's strength and comfort in this tough time.”

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