May 20, 2010 at 5:20 a.m.
November 22, 1974-April 20, 2010
Jason Anderson, 35, of Midfield died Tuesday, April 20 in the offshore oilrig Deepwater Horizon explosion. Jason was a tool pusher on the DWH and a member of the Midfield Community Church.
Jason was born November 22, 1974 to Billy Fred Anderson and Darlene Wratislaw White in Freeport. He was their first born son and second child. He was the baby brother of Stephanie Kathleen.
Following graduation from Tidehaven High School in 1994, Jason attended Wharton County Junior College. After two years, he followed in his grandfather’s footsteps, with the help of his father and Tom Morgan and entered the oil field as a paint-chipper. He quickly moved through the ranks and was rough necking before the end of his first summer. Jason worked on the George Richardson as well as the Cajun Express. He brought the Cajun Express over from Singapore; it was his first time to cross the equator at sea.
It was very important to Jason to do every job there was to do on the rig and work his way up to the top. He was recently offered a position as a Well Control Instructor, but turned it down because he had not done everything there was to do offshore, yet. Jason brought the Deepwater Horizon from Korea where it was built. He was very proud to have been there in the beginning of this rig. He broke many records such as drilling more than 35,000 feet. Jason wanted to do all he could on the Horizon. He had recently accepted a position as Senior Toolpusher on the Discovery Spirit. Tragically, his accident occurred just hours before he was to take this new position. In the last phone call to his wife, Jason said how glad he was to see his rig brothers one last time before he set off on a new journey. He was glad he was able to fit all the photo magnets of his family from his locker into his extra large suitcase he had brought just for the move. He was so excited to have cleaned out his own locker. He did not want someone else to have to ship his things to him. He could not wait for the chopper to come the next morning to take him to his new position.
Jason married his soul mate, Shelley Simons Anderson, on July 27, 2002 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City. At their wedding, more than 1, 000 people were served the standard south Texas bar-b-que wedding meal. They had a band and a DJ so that everyone could dance at all times. They have resided in Midfield since then. They have two children, Lacy Kathleen, 5, and Ryver Clay, 1. Jason was never more excited than at the birth of his children. Several of his rig brothers traded shifts and worked over just so Jason could be home at these special times. Jason was looking forward to teaching Lacy to “boom” her first deer this season and had already begun teaching Ryver to drive the tractor.
Jason and Shelley loved to travel Texas, especially in their motor home. Their favorite place to visit is New Braunfels where floating the river is a must no matter how cold the water. He was always ready for the next trip that was planned or spontaneous. Shelley learned early to keep the camper stocked with food and clothes so the whole family could be ready in fifteen minutes for the next destination. Jason really did not care too much that the grass was not mowed or the house was not painted. He always said that spending time with his family was more important than whatever chore that did not get done. He always read an extra story, he always snuggled a little longer, and he always stayed an extra day camping if that was what would have made Shelley, Lacy, or Ryver happy. Whatever it took, he would do it. He always danced every song Shelley asked, whether it was the middle of Bahula Jungle Road, the garage, El Maton National Hall, or even in their new kitchen. He never, ever ended a phone call without saying I love you. He never got on the plane for work without an extra hug. He never went one day without making someone laugh or smile.
Jason enjoyed playing golf with his friends. He was not very good at golf, but he had a great time trying. For Jason, it was about the party. If everyone was having a good time, he was having a good time. If you attended a party in Tres Palacios in the early 90s, it was probably one of Jason’s parties. He was the life of the party! Jason had a heart big enough for everyone and he never met a stranger.
Jason is preceded in death by his grandparents, Rudy & Tilly Wratislaw and Vance & Jean Smith, and also by his sister, Stephanie Kathleen Anderson. Recently, his great-grandmother-in-law, Ann Adams, BomBom, also passed away. The ten other members of his crew should also be mentioned. Jason only worked with the best, Steve Curtis, Dewey Revette, Don Clark, Gordon Jones, Dale Burkeen, Wyatt Kemp, Shane Roshto, Karl Kleppinger, Adam Wise, and Blair Manuel.
Jason is survived by his wife of nearly eight years, Shelley; daughter, Lacy; and son, Ryver; his parents; Billy and Marla Anderson of Palacios, John and Darlene White of Garland, and brother, Jacob Ryne of Garland. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Suzan Thompson of Bay City; two fathers-in-law, Larry Fitzpatrick of El Campo and Don Simons of Matagorda; two step-brothers, Cody Barrow of Stephenville, and Justin Barrow and fiancé Crystal of Austin; his brother-in-law Bubba Simons and wife Tara of Selkirk; two nieces Madison Simons of Markham and Kinsley Simons of Selkirk and grandmother-in-law; Martha Lacy of Bay City; and his best friend in the whole world, Russell Hicks and wife Brandy of Matagorda. Jason had many close friends who were like brothers to him who will serve as honorary pallbearers. They include Jeff Stewart, Scott Brightwell, Tiler Curtner, Ryan Klekar, Toby Dennis, and Russell Peterson. Russell Hicks, Bubba Simons, and brothers Justin Barrow, Cody Barrow, and Jacob Ryne will also serve as honorary pallbearers.
A memorial service for Jason will be held on May 22, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Bay City where he and Shelley were married. Service will begin at 2 p.m. with Reverend Clyde Grier officiating.
Donations may be made to the “Shelley Anderson Benefit Fund” at Prosperity Bank at 1600 Seventh Street, Bay City, Texas 77414.
Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net or www.deepwaterhorizoncondolences.com.
Arrangements are with Taylor Brother’s Funeral Home 979 245 4613.