Jalon Marquis Yoakum was born on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1988 in Portland, Oregon to James and Twauna Yoakum. He was a funny young man who grew up loving his family and was respected and appreciated by his friends. He gave his life to Christ at an early age and was baptized by the late Dr. W.G. Hardy at Highland United Church of Christ. Jalon graduated from Lord high school and had a desire to have jobs and a career where he could work with his hands.
In 2018 he entered Constructing Hope to begin a career path in the construction industry as a carpenter apprentice. He also worked as a laborer, and manager at UPS. In the last several weeks Jalon changed his mind and decided he would like to go back to Constructing Hope and begin working toward a career as an apprentice for the Electrical Union. In fact, he was to report for duty on Thursday, May 13th, but unfortunately, his life ended suddenly on Wednesday, May 12th.
He leaves behind a family who loved him, believed in him, and supported him. He will be sorely missed as he was fun to be around and sincerely loved everyone in return.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Jack & Beulah Yoakum, Samuel L. Allen and Joanne Bradley; uncle: T.L. Yoakum; sister: Ta’teiyauna S. Yoakum; Brothers: Antoine D. Yoakum and Jamal Vann.
He is survived by his parents James Yoakum and Elder Twauna E. Hennessee (Pastor J.W. Matt Hennessee); his two sons: Jahyier and Jaylon; his brothers and sisters: Jaiyauna R. Yoakum, Kali M. Yoakum, James Ray Yoakum II, Shawn K. Yoakum (Angie), Laquita S. Yoakum-Parker (Mark), Rafiel R. Yoakum, Jackie L. Yoakum, Jericho J. Yoakum, December J. Ellis (Claude), Marcel Yoakum, De’Amber C. Yoakum, Jamesee V. Yoakum, Delovin C. Yoakum, Jack Yoakum, Lonnell George, Jamelah R. Yoakum, Ja’Juan Yoakum, .Aujae’ Yoakum, Jatiya Yoakum, Jakil Yoakum, Viki Whitaker, Traci Cavitt, Victor Whitaker, Marcus Williams, Myisha Williams, Tharren Todd, Jake Bell, Michael Belcha, Irlonda Poindexter, Irlonna Poindexter, Anthony Brant, Jibri Willis, Alex Vann, Brandon Bell, Brianna Bell, Jewlien Battles, Erica Battles, Giavonni Battles, and J.W. Matt Hennessee, Jr. He is also survived by: Papa E.J. Sims and Grandma Tamlyn Ommert; uncles: Walter Yoakum; Richard Yoakum; Charles Yoakum; Randy Yoakum; Archie Heath; Bernard Heath; Terrance Bradley; Tyrone Allen and Roderick Allen; and a host of Great Aunts and Uncles, Cousins, Nieces & Nephews, and friends.
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