One Tree Planted, for Jason

I’ve been reflecting a lot on the choices I make in my life.  How do I choose to spend my time, where, with whom?  When do I feel joyful, light, and open to love?  When am I heavy, hurt, tired, confused or closed?  When do I feel in integrity and on purpose?

My family lost a loved one unexpectedly, very recently.  It has been a disorienting time of great sorrow, reflection and introspection.  It feels honest to look so deeply.

My brother in law and I shared much – family, a passion for Alaska, an appreciation for simple, honest living, entrepreneurial drive and vision, a deep respect for the natural world, and a “no BS” way of looking at life.

One fall, Jason worked a hunting camp in the Brooks Range of Alaska.   There was an earthquake while they were in camp.  This is an excerpt from a journal entry of his.

“The earthquake was an exciting part of the day, and I’m glad to have been in the wilderness for the experience…I’m not much on fire and brimstone, but I do think the planet could use more of it from time to time.  Shake up the false comfort that so many of our species have now.”

Jason began a waste management company in Wrangell St. Elias National Park.  The majority of the local gathering and hauling he did with a 4wheeler and trailers.  The nearest transfer station to the towns of McCarthy and Kennicott is 120 miles.  60 miles of that drive are gravel, the old railroad bed.  It takes about 3 hours in a passenger car and flat tires are common.  In his large freight truck, one garbage run, round trip, occupied an entire day.  Prior to his efforts, the majority of the garbage in these towns was burned.

Jason strived to help the community and land he loved.  He leaves an unfillable void. For so many reasons, he will be deeply missed.

In honor of Jason, beginning Fall Equinox, September 23rd, 2019,  Living Earth Naturals will commit to planting one tree for every online order.  We will do this through a partnership with One Tree Planted, a Vermont based non-profit.  Together, we can make a difference.

I love you Jason, always.



  1. Aly on September 23, 2019 at 6:14 am


  2. Janet Torline on September 23, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Dear Brandi and Jamie,
    I am so sorry to hear about Jason’s untimely passing. My heart goes out to you and all your family. It is a loss for the whole world when those who chooses service to others, as Jason did, are taken from us. Though he will be missed by his family and friends it is clear his life generated a lasting light. Hold close those memories, and even closer the ones you love.
    With sympathy,

    Janet and Greg

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