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Jon Erik Pearson

April 17, 1971 - August 20, 2020

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Jon Erik Pearson, 49, of Monticello, IL formerly of Winter Park CO, passed away at 5:35 pm, August 20, 2020 peacefully at home.

Jon was born on April 17, 1971 in Munich, Germany and raised in St. Charles, IL. Jon is the son of John and Mary (Lencioni) Pearson.

Jon is survived by his parents, sister Cassandra Pearson, brother Joshua Pearson, and nephews, Theo, Calvin, and August. He was expecting a new niece or nephew in November.

Jon graduated from St Charles East high school in 1989, tried Elgin Community College and decided on the mountains of Colorado instead. He worked as chair lift operator, downhill bike trail maintenance man, ran Dark Territory, where all the big 30- and 40-foot jumps were made and taught the young snowboarders on weekends. He loved instructing the most. He was also in many competitions, winning jackets and helmets and giving them away to his friends. His biggest achievement was winning the BIG AIR X-Games in 1999 at Breckenridge Ski Resort by doing a double front flip with a perfect landing. It was the first time ever for anyone on a snowboard. In his 25 years in the mountains he lived mostly in Winter Park, some time in Vail, Lake Tahoe and Silverthorne, Colorado. He boarded many times with his father, who he converted to snowboarding after 30 years of skiing sometime in the 1990’s. From bungee jumping in Las Vegas 18 stories high at Circus Circus to jumping off the second story of his childhood home into the 8-foot deep pool in the back yard, he was fearless. Living on the edge was where it was at for him. Jon’s words of wisdom…. “Life is nothing more than killing time until it kills us, so enjoy it to the fullest, and don’t take anything for granted. And please don’t cry for me because it’s over…. smile because it happened.”

Memorials made be made to Carle Hospice/Center for Philanthropy. 611 W. Park St. Urbana, IL 61801-9977


Karen Ambrogi from Fairbanks I, AK

"I am so so sorry .Praying and thinking of you"

Renee bledsoe from St. Charles , IL

"It is with a heavy heart I read this. John was a joy to work with at the Goose. Always in a good mood. Praying for your whole family and god bless you."

Connie Deal from St. Charles, IL

"Mary and JP... I'm so sorry for your loss..a parents worse nightmare! 💔 Connie (meat market)"

Ron and Jan Macaione from Satasots, FL

"Mary and JP we are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers to you and Family."

Lonnie Gridley from St.Charles, IL

"Mary and Jon, I am so broken hearted for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this incredibly difficult time. Please reach out if there is anything I can do.Lonnie & John"

susie godfrey from St. Petersburg, FL

"Aunt Mary and Uncle John, thinking of you. I have no words, God bless you."

Margo and Jimmy Tann from Apple Valley,, CA

"What a beautiful obituary. Our thoughts are with you."

Jim n Kay Olson from St. Charles , IL

"we are so sorry for the loss of your son Jon. You have our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts n prayers."

Jim n Kay Olson from ill, IL

"We are so sorry about the loss of your son Jon. We wish we would have known him. You have our deepest sympathies . You are in our thoughts n prayers."

Steve and Barbara Vermeersch from Monument, CO

"Sorry to read about Jon. He was a neighbor we didn't know."

Patrick White from Geneva, IL

"Mary and John, so sorry to hear about Jon. Love and prayers out to you and the family."

Mary Ann Lindquist from St. Charles, IL

"Dear JP & Mary I was saddened to read about Jon's passing. Memories are your true source of remembering all of the best."

Kris Gehrholz from Colorado Springs, CO

"I'm very sorry for your loss. I have many pictures of Jon that i would like to forward to you, and will endeavor to do so. Jon was a dreamer, in the most unabashed sense of the word. I literally wouldn't be where I'm at today if John hadn't shared a ride with me to Winter Park. Take Care, Kris"

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