Jacob Robert Ham
Jacob Robert Ham, age 23, died on the evening of June 12, 2018. His death arose from the mishandling of a loaded firearm.
Jacob was born at Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin, Oregon, on February 24, 1995, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Jacob was later proud that he was the biggest baby born that evening, at 9 lbs 5 ounces, 21.5 inches; but mom Lisa Ham was not so thrilled with his size.
Jacob grew up in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood, attending Llewelyn Elementary School, Sellwood Middle School, and graduating from Cleveland High School in 2013.
From the time he was little, Jacob was very agile. He walked at 11 months, and could ride a bike at age 3. Jacob loved playing sports – soccer, basketball, golf, football, and baseball. By the time he reached his senior year at Cleveland, he had narrowed his sports down to baseball. He was the starting shortstop for the school team, and even though his hitting was not a match for his fielding, he had a good glove and a great arm to throw runners out.
After graduation, Jacob went to work for UPS, often riding his bike down to Swan Island. He worked hard loading boxes, and as it turned out, he met the love of his life there – Katherine Frahm, with whom he spent the past three years.
After his three years at UPS, Jacob decided to get a job in the construction trade. He was able to work for a masonry contractor; he built stone fences, fireplaces, and walkways, and even traveled as far as the Bend area for a week of work. He really enjoyed working with his hands and being able to create something. He was so proud of his work that he would show pictures of it on his phone when he visited his parents.
Jacob is survived by his mom Lisa Ham, dad Marc Ham, sister Megan Ham, grandparents Bob and Evelyn Rogers, and Grandma Barbara Ham, along with Katherine Frahm and all his relatives and friends.
There will be a remembrance celebration for Jacob on July 14 from 1-4 p.m. at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino in Sellwood. This is an open house, giving people time to come and share their stories about Jacob. This will not be a formal event; the family asks that visitors come when they can during that time period, and stay as long as they like. And they add, "Please feel free to wear your favorite sneakers in honor of Jacob."