Jason Sanderson passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital surrounded by his family. May 13, 1974, marked the start of Jason adventure in life. He was the first of four sons born to MaryBeth Lemire Sanderson and Cary Wade Sanderson.
Jason was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at age 9 months. By the tender age of one and a half, he was attending The Montana Center for Handicapped Children on the campus of Eastern Montana College. He had the distinction of being the youngest child ever to receive services at the Center. His education and therapies continued there until he was mainstreamed into the public school system. He then attended Washington Elementary, Lewis and Clark and graduated from Billings Senior High. Immediately after high school and for the next 22 years, he attended Billings Training Industries (BTI) and also attended COR Enterprises for the last 13 years.
When we were first told that Jason had Cerebral Palsy, his pediatrician told us that he would not live beyond the age of five. He certainly proved his doctor wrong. Jason faced many challenges throughout his life and he met each challenge head on with so much courage, strength, and determination; never complaining.
Jason had an infectious smile and laughter; his smile would light up a room. His favorite vacations were going to our family cabin on Flathead Lake. His wheelchair was his legs and the chair never stopped him from doing anything. Even though he was scared to death, he always went tubing with his uncle Shull or uncle Bill, while uncle Spinner drove the boat. He loved playing hearts with his family especially when he was partnered with one of his uncles. And because he loved to tease, he always made sure everyone knew what cards his uncles were holding.
He made many friends throughout his life. He and his best friend, Adair, were seen walking the neighborhood when they were in junior high and high school. The last several years, he enjoyed going out to lunch with Cory at COR. Jason had so many wonderful aids throughout the years that helped take care of him, and made sure he experienced life: HolIy, Nickki, Julie, Frank and Trevor. BTI and COR gave Jason a purpose in Life.
Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents: Ross and Rita Lemire and Wade “Sandy” and Bonnie Sanderson. He is survived by his parents Cary and MaryBeth; his brother Chris and sister-in-law Joann, niece Zona and nephew Callum; his brother Zach; his brother Ford and sister-in-law Amanda, niece Violet; his favorite aunts Sarah, Ann, and Kathy; uncles Shull, Spinner and Bill; as well as numerous cousins.
Per Jason wishes, no funeral services will be held. A celebration of his life has been held with his family. Donations may be sent to Billings Training Industries (BTI), 604 19th St W Billings, MT 59102 or to COR Enterprises, 2121 Lampman Dr. Billings, MT 59102.
Jason, you are finally free of your pain and your wheelchair, free to walk in the grass and run with all of your might. We will miss you, we love you and you will always be with us.
Arrangements are by Cremation and Funeral Gallery. Condolences can be sent by visiting www.cfgbillings.com.