David F. Jameson Jr. of Independence, Missouri, died in the line of duty on May 7, 2020, at age 52. He was born on May 20, 1967, in Kansas City, Missouri, to father, David Jameson Sr., and mother, Billie Jean Williams. David served the City of Independence Fire Department for 23 years, considering it his honor to aid people in their time of need. Though his passing was a sudden loss to his friends and family, he is remembered with great affection by those who knew him.
Indeed, if you did know him, he could often be found watching one Marvel hero movie or another and working to get a laugh out of someone nearby. David had a way of making a home of whomever he was with, creating a space where they were cared for, safe, and appreciated just for who they were, whatever trial or triumph they were experiencing.
David was pragmatic and optimistic, always looking to the brighter side when things were toughest, firm in the faith that tomorrow could be a better day. He carried this light fastidiously, whether he was saving a community member from a dire fate or enjoying the company of lifelong friends. In his free time, David could also be found playing video games, enjoying the food from his favorite barbecue joint, spending time with his family, and doting on his partner and children.
He spent his life in service, not just to the City of Independence, but also in service of his family, making a way of life for them with steadfastness and determination people had come to expect.
David is survived by his nine children, Zharday Harris, David Jameson, Corey Jameson, Christian Jameson, Miranda Craig, Chelsea Jameson, Kaylee Jameson, Ki’Jana Jameson, and Ka-Zha Jameson; partner Rhona Rittscher; his mother, Billie Jean Williams; nine grandchildren; sisters, Rhonda Jameson and Ronchelle Jameson; brothers, Michael Jameson and Ronnell Jameson; aunts and uncles, Bessie L. Johnson, Bernice Simms, Arthelia Williams, Arthur E. Williams, Charles Williams; and grandmother, Dorothy L. Williams.
Each of them is graced with a unique piece of David’s heart and a part of the story that is his life. It is with the knowledge that he lived his life with joy—a joy they now carry in his honor—that they lay him to rest.
Dearest David F. Jameson, you are loved and forever missed.