Obituary of Jason Anthony Ewert
Jason was born in Loerrach, Germany, where his parents, Reg and Shelley Ewert, were missionaries with Janz Team Ministries. When he was a year old, his parents moved to Brazil to help pioneer a new ministry for Janz Team, based in Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul. Jason grew up attending a small school for missionary kids, speaking Portuguese fluently with all the neighbourhood Brazilians, and often traveling with his parents in their music/evangelism ministry. He accepted Jesus as Saviour early in life, eager to share his faith, even at the cost of physical abuse from children on the street. Siblings Rachele, Benjamin, and Philip joined the family during Brazil years.
When Jason was 14, the family moved back to Calgary, where he attended Crescent Heights High school. He and Laura attended here for a year together but never met. Jason's favourite sport was soccer and he got to play on the school team at Crescent and in college. In 1991 he moved to Winnipeg, where Jason graduated from high school at MBCI in 1992. That same year he attended college at Prairie Bible Institute. It was here he met his future wife, Laura Estabrooks. They met while working on the Student Activities Committee and started dating in February 1993. During his college years, he continued to develop his music and theatrical talents, traveling in Canada and Europe with the Ambassador Choir. On New Year's Eve 1994 Jason surprised Laura by showing up at her door in Calgary. He proposed that night at Prince’s Island Park. They married in July 1995 and returned to Prairie as married students for his senior year. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Intercultural studies in 1996. Jason started his career at college where he served as a night watchman, in admissions as a counselor and director, alumni director, class advisor, and on PBC radio.
In September 2000 Jason and Laura were blessed with their first child, Michael. Jason loved being a father and was excited for each additional child. Esther in 2002, Josiah in 2005, and Levi in 2008.
Jason loved acting in the Arts Academy performances, his roles included Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Charlie Brown, Narrated in Beauty and the Beast, and as Rusty in Guys and Dolls. During this time Jason and Laura started singing in a Southern Gospel Quartet with his parents. They sang in various churches, festivals, and retreats for 6 years.
In 2005 he started a new job as the Executive Director of Prairie Christian Academy and he enjoyed his years at the school. As of 2008, Jason took over the school photography business from Ron Nickel. He was a busy man, juggling photography, PCA executive director, a family, and serving at the Prairie Tabernacle Congregation. In December of 2009, when Laura was diagnosed with a brain tumor, he decided to just focus on photography. He stepped down as Executive Director shortly after. He stayed in the photography business until his death. Jason loved learning more about this job. He enjoyed the opportunity to get to know more people and serve them in any way he could. He made everyone who sat on his stool feel special.
As Jason’s kids got older, he became more involved in the community, whether it was taking pictures at the kid's Christmas parties, sporting events, theatre and ballet performances, or other community events. He also loved to coach soccer for his kids’ teams over the years.
In 2014 he was one of the founding members of Grace Bible Fellowship. Jason loved this church and its members and had a passion to serve it. For its first 5 years, he preached every third week while working his full-time photography business. He also served as an elder for 5 years. Even after he stepped down he continued to serve at the church in every way possible.
The focus of Jason’s life and his heart’s desire was to glorify God. His whole life was focused on that and loving those around him. Wherever Jason went he was a friend, true to the meaning of his name -” Healer”. He was a good listener. His inviting eye contact made you feel your words were the most important thing in the world at that moment.
Condolences from around the world have poured in as people express gratitude for Jason’s love for people and for His Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ, whom he served so well.
Jason is survived by his wife, Laura, their children, Michael, Esther, Josiah, and Levi (Three Hills), father, Reg Ewert (Three Hills), siblings and their families, Rachele & Ron Unger with John, Sasha, and Meaghan (Calgary), Ben & Krista Ewert, with Jakob, Ella, and Audrey (Vancouver), Philip & Charissa Phillips with Julianna, Logan, and Marcus (Three Hills), parents-in-law, Steve & Ginger Estabrooks (Three Hills), brothers-in-law, Kevin Estabrooks and son, Zach (Edmonton), Derek Estabrooks (Edmonton), and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews, who truly adored him.
A recording of the Celebration of Life is available below.