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Family remembers Oklahoma man extending final act of kindness

Jason Bartlett died in 2003 after being struck by lightning near Lake Eufaula. Bartlett was an organ donor.
by Adam Kemp Published: August 1, 2013
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/articleid/3867835/1/pictures/2172854">Photo - Jason Bartlett and his daughter Caeli Rose on the water. Bartlett was killed by lightning 10 years ago and his life will be celebrated this weekend on Lake Eufaula. Photo provided <strong></strong>
Jason Bartlett and his daughter Caeli Rose on the water. Bartlett was killed by lightning 10 years ago and his life will be celebrated this weekend on Lake Eufaula. Photo provided

In remembrance of the 10 years that have passed since Bartlett's death, his family will be at the wakeboarding festival this year to hand out information about becoming an organ donor through the Lifeshare program, a group that educates and encourages organ and tissue donations.

The tournament has become one of the state's largest wakeboarding competitions, three days of competitors performing flips, spins and other acrobatic moves on the water.

Bartlett, who was the second oldest in a large family, was admired and looked up to by his 11 other cousins.

Schuart said the family tries to use the tournament as a way of celebrating Jason's life.

“I still get emotional about it at this time of year,” Schuart said. “The whole family is still pretty emotional about it. It's hard to believe it's been 10 years. It's hard to believe the emotions are still so raw.”

There will be a raffle about 6 p.m. Friday at the HooK'D Marina Bar & Grill in the Eufaula Cove in honor of Bartlett and to help promote Lifeshare.

“It's a celebration and that's because of the nature of Jason,” Schuart said. “We miss him like crazy, but it's pretty special we have this to remember him.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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