Family remembers father and veteran after tragic death
"He took pride in the Navy, he took pride in his civilian job, he took pride in school, our family our house everything," said Katie Bashor, the wife of her late husband Jason Bashor.
Katie and Jason met when the two were just 12 and 14 years old. They grew up in the same town in Pocomoke City, four miles down the street from one another.
"That's where it all began. I called him and we've been together ever since," said Katie.
Jason was in the Navy, and the two were married for 14 years where they had two kids and moved across the country living in state after state where Jason was stationed. The family of four was inseparable.
"He liked going out and doing outdoorsy stuff with us but as far as a daily basis he wasn't like let me go out with friends it was just you know… just us," said Katie.
"He used to play soccer with me almost every day," said Haylee, Jason's daughter.
Almost one week before Christmas, Jason and his co-worker were on a business trip in Michigan. On their last day the two decided to go snowmobiling, unaware that their adventure would turn deadly.
"Her [snowmobile] was first and his was second and to my knowledge she flipped hers and then like I said, assumption, I'm assuming he was trying to avoid hitting hers and he hit the tree," said Katie.
Jason was killed on impact, and the family that once spent every day together was left without a father or husband.
"I fell and I just screamed relentlessly. I just couldn't control it," said Katie.
Jason's funeral was held the day before Christmas Eve, and he was laid to rest with full military honors. Just two days later, the family had to celebrate their first Christmas without him.
"I tried to keep the same traditions as we had. We had a really nice gathering Christmas afternoon with my family and Jason's family together here," said Katie.
A Gofundme page has been created for Katie and her family. So far, the community has raised more than $2,000. Katie says she's grateful for all of the love, generosity and support her family and friends have given her.