Jason Sain Obituary, Death – On December 10, 2022, Jason Rush Sain, age 40, passed away abruptly at his home in Vale. His grandparents Hubert and Gladys Sain of Vale, NC, and Robert and Lucille Hedrick of Statesville, NC, predeceased him. Jason was a cherished son, brother, nephew, and friend. Born in Henrico County, Virginia on February 11, 1982, he was the youngest child of Dr. Larry and Beth Sain of Cat Square and the younger brother of Andrew Sain (Kristina) of Crouse, North Carolina. His aunts Lynn Smith (Tommy) and Karen Sain (Renee) and uncle Tracy Sain all helped raise him and were key influences in his life. He was especially close to several cousins – Thomas and Daniel Smith who were his hunting and fishing pals and Tyler Sain who shared his love of sports, especially baseball.
Jason attended Appalachian State University, where he got a BS in General Mathematics (2004) and an MS in Math Education-College Teaching, after graduating from West Lincoln High School in 2000. (2007). During his graduate studies at ASU, he worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Math Department. In 2010, he joined the Arts and Sciences Department of Gaston College as a mathematics instructor. There, he was a valued colleague and well-liked instructor. He was brilliant and interested in many subjects, but mathematics in particular. With a quick wit and a love for language, he frequently delighted in wordplay with his family.
Always athletic, he engaged in football, wrestling and baseball. He was a member of the National Runner-Up Cherryville Post 100 American legion Baseball team as a sophomore. As a senior, he was a starter on West Lincoln’s first wrestling team to win the state championship. After graduating college he returned and coached for the Post 100 Junior Legion baseball team for 10 years. He enjoyed the difficulty and strategy involved in coaching. Being a farm child he often strolled barefoot in the grass of the baseball field — only putting on his cleats at the last minute.
In recent years, he has loved providing high school football, baseball, and American Legion commentary for KTC Broadcasting. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, collecting shark teeth on the seashore, playing computer games, and white-water kayaking with his mates.
Coaching children has a particular place in his heart. In addition to the several young men he coached on his Junior Legion baseball teams, he was frequently asked by friends to assist with their child’s individual practice sessions, assist with coaching their child’s baseball team, or enhance their kayaking skill in the family pool. As a native of Cat Square, he had a soft place for stray cats and kittens in particular. They would be immediately fed, bathed, brought to the veterinarian, and adopted into the family. Jason was the best friend imaginable. If you needed help with a project, a fun partner on an outing, or someone to sit with you and listen – Jason was your man. Every one of his buddies has “Jason stories.” When he interacted with individuals, he did not consider their age or status; he saw only the individual. If there was a need, he would offer assistance.
He was a scholar, teacher, coach and loving friend. Witty quips and quotes from well-known movies and TV series made him a fascinating companion. His pleasant, soft-spoken, and relaxed demeanor endeared him to both family and friends. He was well admired and will be sorely missed. Unquestionably One-Of-A-Kind! On Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 3:00 p.m., a Celebration of Life Service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vale, North Carolina. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:45 at the church prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 7, Vale, North Carolina 28168.