Justin Eshelman

Obituary of Justin Eshelman

Justin Wil Eshelman came to us at 7:00 A.M. on November 18th 1998. He was a special gift from two very generous people. Justin left us Monday afternoon, October 8th 2012 to be in a better place. Justin was a very happy, outgoing, special person. He loved his family and friends very much. He had no enemies, he knew no strangers. He only had friends. If you crossed his path, you were touched by an angel. He was special from the very beginning. He slept through the night almost from the day we brought him home from the hospital. You could see his great interest in learning about everything when he started Pre-K school when was 3 and 4. Justin was a very caring and giving young man. He wanted to share everything he learned with anyone that would listen. He was always engaging with everyone he met. He would call you by name and say hello. He was always starting a conversation. As his grandmother, Willa always said "He just has a lot to say." Justin excelled at life! School fueled his need for knowledge. He loved school, his close friends, the other students and even teachers and staff. Reading bedtime stories and singing lullabies when we put him to bed prompted his love of reading and singing in school choirs. Justin was constantly reading books, all kinds, novels and science fiction. Several at a time! Reading for him started when he wanted to know what all the signs said and meant while we drove him around town. He had a voracious appetite for the written word. He was our dictionary and trivia kid. Justin was placed in the gifted and talented class during the second grade thru the 8th grade, where he made some very special friends who were a lot like him. Great kids, students and teachers, thank you for being his friend and mentors. Justin was the lead in two school plays. He was the "Gingerbread Man" in the second grade. And as a seventh grader he played "Petruchio" in Mr. Meyer's 7th grade GT class rendition of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew." When he leaped onto a table and said his lines, you knew who had the lead. He was that kind of person, a leader. He always wanted to be first, the first in line, the first to put his hand up to answer questions and the first to volunteer. Some of his close classmates nicknamed him "Specialman". Justin loved everything about school. He didn't really like summer vacations. He would rather be around people, his friends! He loved going to coffee with his grandmother and her friends. Most of his summers were spent at the Ustick YMCA Summer Day Care. It was here that his love of other people blossomed. He came to us this last May and said he wanted to be a volunteer there for the summer. He said the hardest day there was the last one. Several kids were crying when he left. He called all of them "His Kids". He was just that kind of person. Justin's passion was soccer! It started at the young age of 3-4. He played in the Meridian Pals league before going to Capitol's Soccer Club, now known as FC Nova Soccer Club. Justin's soccer ambitions really came alive during the last year. He also played on the Idaho ODP 1998 Boys Team and was invited to the "ODP Regional Camp for 1998's" in McMinville, OR. The coaches told us what we already knew - he was passionate about his sport. He was the unofficial Captain of the Nova U14 Boys team. He was a true leader. Justin made a lot of long term friends thru his years in soccer. Win, lose or draw, you were his brothers! Thank you to all the coaches, parents and players that were part of his soccer life. Justin spent most of his time away from soccer and school with friends and family at "The Cabin" in McCall. He loved skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, hiking, reading, playing video games and taking the dogs for walks. These were special times. That's the way he was, Special! Justin is survived by his mom and dad, Clint and Connie Eshelman; grandparents: Willa Collins and Charles and Ellen Eshelman; aunt and uncles: Roger and Karmen Collins, Ray Collins, John and Lori Boultier, Brian and Cheryl Stone and Jeff Eshelman and his cousins: Amy, Kenneth, Lianne, Rachael and Allison. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, October 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM at Ustick Baptist Church, 14301 West McMillan Road, Boise. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Justin's name to Capitol Educators Credit Union for a soccer scholarship or to the YMCA. Justin's parents welcome your memories of Justin, they may be left online at www.AccentFuneral.com. He will be dearly missed by his mom, Connie and his dad, Clint. We love you sweetheart!! Our Sugar Bear!!
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