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Jason Thomas Plite, Sr. Amn., USAF (Fallen)April 13, 1981 – March 23, 2003
PLITE — Senior Airman Jason T. Plite, of Delta Township, born April 13, 1981 in Grand Rapids, MI., died March 23, 2003 while on a rescue mission attempting to save two young children in Afghanistan.
Jason attended Lansing Sexton High School and transferred to Grand Ledge High School, where he graduated. He was a Varsity Swimmer all four years of high school. Jason had several God-given talents, one of which was his love for art. He loved every medium of art including painting, ceramics, drawing, sketching and sculpting. He had several of his own works on public display in and around the community.
Jason had an amazing ability to make friends with people of great character everywhere he went. He cared for them all greatly and always stayed in close contact.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Airman; part of a small group of elite pararescue men that were a family all of their own. He will be remembered as one who lived by their motto “That Others May Live.”
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Pauline Schneider. Surviving are his mother Dawn and Charles Peterson; sisters, Alyssa and Shaynah Peterson; his father, Thomas and Geralyn Plite; siblings, Patrick and Michael Plite, Christopher Hug and Nicole Michaud; grandparents, Marv and Sheralyn Plite; the love of his life, Amy Emerine; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and incredible friends.