Johnathan Croom Passed Away August 18, 2013
A memorial and celebration of life was held at the Arizona Golf resort on September 7, 2013
Hundreds of people attended and shared hours of stories and testimonies about John’s impact on their life. There were so many people impacted by John’s caring and love towards others. He lived a life principled by the love of God and the desire to love others. He made everyone feel special.
John loved his family and they loved him. The tragedy was that he confided in people more concerned with keeping his secrets than helping him overcome his secret struggle with depression. Even John’s brother was not aware of the struggle John was confiding to these secret associations. The two of them had been roommates for six months after embarking out to begin the journey of adulthood as they shared an apartment and attended college together. John put on a happy face for his friends and family and developed a few associations with people incapable of truly helping him and pulling him out a struggle with serious pain and depression. If even one person had shared John’s secret struggle with his parents or an authority figure, John’s life story would not have ended so soon.
John’s story brought international attention in the press. There are thousands of stories about parents who have been impacted by the events in John’s and his family’s life. Parents and teens all over the place have opened broken or non-existent communication among themselves.
John remains a part of our lives because we know that he knew God in Christ and that he has gone ahead of us and is present with the Lord. We will be reunited in the resurrection. Not a day goes by that we don’t mention him and miss him. He will forever be in our thoughts and he will remain a part of who we are. We carry John in our hearts and rejoice that we will see him again at the end of the age.
John struggled much as the apostle Paul between his desire to help others and the desire to depart and be with Christ.
For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith, that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to you again.