Jaxon's Story

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Baby Jaxon James Gary, of Interlochen, was gathered in to the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. He passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving parents and was surrounded by his family.
Jaxon was born on April 26, 2017 to Andrew Gary and Jessica Mack in Traverse City. At just two months old Jaxon was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder, peroxisome biogenesis disorder. His diagnosis meant almost constant care from his parents and later with the help of hospice. The family was blessed to share Christmas with Jaxon, but knew that this first Christmas with their beautiful baby could also be their last.
Jaxon touched many people in his short life here on earth; he healed broken relationships, astonished his doctors and brought incredible love and joy in to his family. In spite of his illness he was a happy baby. He loved to snuggle with his dad, have his head rubbed and would hold his mom's finger for comfort as he fell asleep. His big brother, Joshua Swartout, loved his brother and doted on him every chance he could. Joshua loved to help care for Jaxon and would read bedtime stories each night.
Jaxon is survived by his parents; brother, Joshua Swartout; grandparents, Michelle Jokinen, Kris Witkop, Mike (Rhonda) Mack and James Gary; aunt, Erica (Josh Brown) Mack; uncles, Tyler Leveque, Timmy Leveque, Jamie Gary and Michael Gary; and many cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Pastor Chris Cox will officiate services.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing an expression of sympathy are encouraged to direct contributions to the Jaxon Gary family, c/o Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Jaxon with his family by way of his online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on January 27, 2018
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