Another Son….

Writers usually have little problem finding the words to express themselves, but having been utterly unable to create the sentences and paragraphs, I have put off sharing the heartbreaking news that our family lost another son to suicide.

Sgt. Jesse Gabriel LaBonte, age 23, passed away September 8, 2017.

Jesse, our third son, was born on May 30, 1994 and was a wonderful, fun-loving guy who deeply loved his family and gladly helped people in his church and community. He loved to make people laugh, loved to find humor in the most mundane things, and deeply thought about the world around him. He was not ashamed of his personal devotion to God and had a deep desire to make a difference in this world.

During his high school years, he was passionate about learning Kung Fu. He not only excelled and then competed with his own skills but also enjoyed becoming an instructor to others.

Jesse was an amazing son, a fantastic brother, a loyal friend, and a faithful mentor to many.

 

While serving in the military from 2013-2017, Jesse’s excellent conduct and military leadership led him to become a Sergeant in the U.S. Marines. He served two overseas deployments to Afghanistan and the Middle East and was proud to have become a Martial Arts Instructor to his fellow Marines. He won many leadership, conduct, and tactical awards and was well-respected by all who knew him. Jesse struggled with combat-related PTSD himself yet had a passion for preventing and bringing awareness to military suicides. He had participated in several walks to support the organization “Mission 22” and eagerly reached out to those he sensed were struggling with depression.

Jesse is deeply missed by his family, community, and many friends.

Our family wishes to thank the many friends and family members who have supported us so tenderly during this sad and shocking tragedy. It is utterly unthinkable to be going through the death of another son and especially horrific that it is also from suicide. We are barely beginning to sort things out and get our lives “back on track”.

Please pray for our three adult children and for our five younger children. There is a lot of heavy pain in our family. We are clinging to each other and to our faithful Heavenly father who promises never to leave us or forsake us.

Thank you for your prayers,

Suzy