Jonathan Mark Alexander

jonJonathan Mark Alexander, a resident of Snohomish County, passed away on December 30, 2013 at the age of 50 due to complications created by the flu.

 

Jon was born on May 3, 1963 to Gerald and Patricia Alexander.  He grew up by Lake Boren in Newcastle, WA.  From the early age of six, Jon studied at the American Conservatory of Music.  He played the pedal steel guitar, electric guitar, piano, bass, and drums.  Music continued to be an important source of comfort and relaxation throughout his life.

 

As a young teen, Jon began riding motorbikes with family and friends.  He raced motocross from the ages of 12 to 17, and continued with the sport throughout his life.  In 1990, Jon was the Northwest Motorcycle Association’s 250 Hare Scrambles Champion. His love for dirt bike riding and racing continued as a favorite activity with his son, Markus whom he always bragged about!

 

Upon graduation from Liberty High School, Issaquah, in 1981, Jon entered the Marine Corps where he achieved the rank of corporal before he was honorably discharged in 1984.  While in the Corps, he starred on the Company’s soccer team, playing against club teams from different port cities in the Asian Pacific.

 

Following his time in the service, Jon joined his father in working as a ceramic tile setter.  Later he started his own business, Sno-Valley Tile and Marble, where his skill in design and craftsmanship was demonstrated in work on many high-end homes.

 

Since setting tile all day didn’t use up all his energy, Jon tackled Tae Kwan Do as a new activity.  He earned a second degree black belt and an instructor rating.

 

Jon embarked on a brand new career in 2011, taking great pride in becoming a Boeing machinist. He was truly happy with his new line of work and quickly earned the respect of both peers and managers.

 

Jon will be missed by his family, including his son Markus Alexander of Kirkland and his mother Patricia Alexander of Yakima.  Jon leaves behind three siblings; Tama Shepard of Wapato, Jim Alexander of Poulsbo, Tracy Armstrong of Monroe, four nephews, two nieces and extended family.

 

A military graveside service will be held at Tahoma National Cemetery on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:30 am.  Immediately following the service family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at Covington City Hall, 16720 S.E. 271 St. Covington, WA.

3 Responses to “Jonathan Mark Alexander”

  • Kath Alexander says:

    Words for Jon
    A good and decent man was lost today, long before his time

    We cannot fathom why he’s gone, there seems no reason or rhyme

    Our hearts are heavy, and tears do flow, yet love goes on and on

    And we have comfort knowing Heaven’s where he’s gone!

    Father, son, brother and friend, he was all this and more

    Selflessness, humor, kindness and compassion, these traits he had galore

    A heart so full of GOODness, Heaven must’ve opened wide its door

    For such a good and decent man; a man we’ve lost

    before his time, one who’ll be loved forevermore.

  • Jim Alexander says:

    I miss you already. Too many things we didn’t do together and now we can’t. Save a spot for me on the other side, okay?

  • Adam Henry Schwinn says:

    Jon Alexander
    Devoted father, Son, Brother & Friend
    In the many Years I have known Jon he has been one of the kindest people I knew.
    When you had some time with Jon He would always ask how you were doing first and he listened.
    Then Jon would start off by telling you how proud he was of his son Markus and the great things he was doing and the great times they have had together.
    Jon was always encouraging to anyone that told him about something they weren’t sure about doing and would tell you something about his life experiences to make you realize you could do it if you really wanted to.
    Let’s face it Jon knew how to party and have a good time and lifted people spirits all around him in doing so.
    Jon use to tell me that he was just a tile guy and knew nothing else but we all know that was not true.
    Jon’s love for sports was unbounded and showed in most things he did.
    Jon would put everyone first “before himself” I know that he felt real joy in helping other people and was reluctant to take help for anyone unless you insisted or just did it!
    Jon will be solely missed and will be carried in my heart forever and as a tribute to Jon I’m going to be more like he was.
    Thank You Jon for including me in your life Love your good friend Adam

    Jon would say “that’s too weird!”

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