Teen accident victim gives life after death

Chris Green

Jason Lammon was no more than 9 years old when he asked his father how to play the drums.

Wade Lammon, a pretty good drummer himself, taught his son how to keep beat on a snare drum. By the time Jason was 16, he had graduated to a full double-base drum kit. He had his own in-house studio and was performing in a local headlining rock band, Case in Point.

Wade Lammon conceded with pride, “He could play circles around me.”

If the breaks fell his way, Jason Lammon had aspirations of entertaining millions around the country as a professional musician, his grandmother, Brenda Burtts said. If not, he still would share his talents by becoming a music teacher.

Friday, Jason Lammon’s family learned he had a higher calling. He gave the gift of life and a better quality of life to as many as 100 to 150 people.

His vital organs and tissue were harvested Friday, a day after he was struck by an out-of-control vehicle less than three blocks from his home. He was waiting near the corner of Balsam Lane and Edelweiss Road for the morning bus to take him to Auburn High School, where he was a junior in the school’s gifted program.

Jason Lammon’s family took comfort in knowing that he was able to help so many.

“He was about homework, chores and taking care of his brother and sister,” said Wade Lammon, a single parent.

“He was such a good kid. He helped out around here a lot. If I was running late from work, he would call me, and ask, ‘Do you want me to start dinner?’”

Jason’s 10-year-old sister, Brianna, chimed in, “He would walk me to the bus stop every day.”

Wade Lammon said his son was quiet, but possessed a dry wit.

“He’d give a smart aleck remark to you, and you wouldn’t know until 10 minutes later,” he said.

A peek into Jason Lammon’s bedroom showed what was important to him. Lined along two walls were every birthday card he had received. Video games such as “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” that he would play with his 12-year-old brother, Nathan.

Also displayed on the walls are the artwork of his girlfriend, Samantha. Samantha’s father, Doug Adams, visited the family Friday. 

“This boy courted my daughter before they even started dating,” he said. “She could always count on Jason to bring her problems to. I knew they were going to end up together because of what he had in his heart.”

Staff writer Chris Green can be reached at 815-987-1241