On Saturday, January 23, 2021, it seems as though the whole world stopped when Justin Paul Acker passed away at the young age of 38.
Justin was a wonderful husband to his wife, Jaclyn. He was her "person," her best friend, and her love. He was her advisor and her biggest supporter. He knew Jaclyn better than she knew herself and believed she was capable of big things. He always encouraged her to make those big things happen. In August, Justin and Jaclyn would have been married 10 years.
Justin was an amazing father of two young boys, Gavin and Oliver. He loved his children with every molecule in his body. They were his very favorite people in the whole wide world. He spent the last year home with Gavin and Oliver and managed their virtual schooling. When asked by Jaclyn if they preferred to stay home with mom or dad they once replied, "Dad. You are a really great mom but I love how much time I get to spend with dad." And who could blame them?
Justin loved to fix broken things and was often found with some random toy or electronic (or the vacuum cleaner!) taken apart on the table. He would be teaching his boys about the parts, fixing them, and putting them back together.
Justin was reliable. You need help with fixing a door handle? Justin showed up. Washer and dryer machines need to be installed? Justin was there, tool bag in hand. You need to go to class or an interview and you need someone to watch your kids? Justin volunteered. You are a stranger stranded in a parking lot because your car will not start? Justin was the guy walking up with jumper cables. He never met a stranger. He was honest and kind, encouraging and funny, stubborn and a little arrogant sometimes. He made people laugh. He loved his family fiercely. He was so many things to so many people but most of all he was a beautiful person and the world is a lot darker without him.
The impact Justin made on others and the lives he has touched throughout his life are huge. Justin helped people and built them up. He had a way of knowing what people were capable of and encouraged them to achieve their goals.
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