Shaw & Sons Funeral Directors

SEATTLE - Samuel Ellis Hall Jakeman, 3 months, died February 9, 2013, at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Samuel was born October 26, 2012, to Eli and Alicia (Westbrook) Jakeman.

Samuel was special, even before he was born. He was prenatally diagnosed with complicated heart defects and plans were made for a series of surgeries starting just after birth. He was born at UWMC and spent his first week of life in the NICU at Seattle Children’s. His surgery went well and he recovered in the CICU and was able to go home to Richland, WA when he was one month old.

Samuel spent his short life playing with his sister, being bounced on a yoga ball and surrounded by the love of family and friends. He spent Christmas being held by his great-grandmother and was blessed by his father, grandfathers and bishop.

In preparation for his next surgery Samuel had a procedure done at Seattle Children’s, but developed RSV and then meningitis, which claimed his life. We had Samuel for those three wonderful months thanks to the love and dedication of so many doctors, surgeons and nurses who worked tirelessly to take care of his heart while he captured theirs.

Samuel is survived by his parents, Eli and Alicia Jakeman, of Richland, his big sister Penelope; his grandparents Glenn and Colleen Jakeman and Craig and Marie Westbrook, all of Yakima; his great-grandma Gaye Adams of Kingman, AZ; and his great-grandpa, John Jakeman of Pleasant Grove, UT; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The Memorial Service will be Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Richland LDS Stake Center, 1720 Thayer Dr., Richland, WA 99354.

Donations in Samuel’s memory can be made to Seattle Children’s Hospital or Ronald McDonald House of Seattle.