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John May

March 19, 1964 — January 26, 2022

On 26 January 2022 John Jeffrey “Jake” May left this world to battle evil in another dimension. He leaves behind his wife, mother, children, siblings, fur princess, and grand-kitties, in addition to multiple friends who are also considered family, too numerous to list here—you know who you are—yes, even you, DJ.

Jake was born on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where his father was stationed as an Air Force military police officer and his mother taught reading. While he lived all around the world as an Air Force brat, he considered Alaska home. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the Navy with the goal to be a nuclear submariner. During training he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, leading to a medical retirement.

He returned to Alaska to attend school, where he met his future wife, Jennifer. After they married and she joined the Air Force, he began a new chapter of his life as an Air Force spouse and full-time husband and father.

His hobbies were many and varied—cooking, shooting, crochet, anime, manga, comics, video games, and traditional RPG. In his younger days, he was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism (as M.L. Jacobs), but due to his underlying medical conditions, for the last few years most of his socializing was through the internet, mainly MMORPG.

Baptized and raised Christian, as an adult he joined the Catholic church. In recent years he took to calling himself a lapsed Catholic. Friends and family, feel free to remember and pray for him in whatever faith tradition you prefer. His family knows that wherever our old curmudgeon is now, he is some other universe’s problem.

He has been cremated as he requested. A long time Japanophile, he considered himself Shinto, and requested his ashes be taken to Japan after his death, along with the ashes of his long-time fur companion, Londo.

His surviving family includes: his mother, Jo Ann May; wife, Jennifer L. Ravenscroft; daughter Catharine May; son Mark May; sister Andrea May; brother Austin May. Also the fur children: Pepper, Grymalkin, Timov, Freya.

We are planning his celebration of life and will share the details when available.


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