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Jacob "Jake" Emanuel Turner, 22, of Tampa, Florida, and formerly of Carterville, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2019, while visiting friends in St. Augustine, Florida.
A celebration of Jake's life will be held at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Carterville Junior High Gymnasium, with Rev. Ralph Brandon officiating. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, in the gym.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Jake was born October 20, 1996, in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, to Dan and Amy (Lawrence) Turner. He was a 2015 graduate of Carterville High School, and most recently graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018, with a degree in electrical engineering.
Upon graduation, Jake accepted a position with Feld Entertainment, specifically with the International tour of Disney On Ice. Most recently, he had been on tour to Mexico and had just returned from a multi-month stay in Australia. He was headed to Europe the week of his passing.
With a smile and personality that would light up any occasion, Jake loved two things: adventuring, particularly outdoor adventuring, and his friends and family. From kayaking to camping, skydiving, riding his motorcycle or just enjoying quiet time in his hammock, Jake had a passion for being outdoors. He loved his friends equally as much, and maintained close contact with almost everyone he met.
While growing up in Carterville, Jake was a multi-sport athlete at Carterville High School. Jake worked extremely hard to improve his skills in every way. Surrounded by a close-knit group of friends and teammates, he was part of the Lions Football team that advanced to the IHSA football quarter-final game. Later that year, his Carterville Lions Basketball team advanced to the Super-sectionals of the IHSA basketball tournament.
Jake is survived by his mother, Amy Lawrence-Turner; father, Dan Turner; brother, Matt Turner; sister, Ali Turner; grandmother, Barbara Lawrence, all of Carterville; grandparents, Jim and Mary Jo Neely of Bloomingdale, Illinois, and Mark and Darlene -Turner of Pingree Grove; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a host of friends too numerous to count, including his beloved "brotherhood".
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jerry Lawrence and cousins, Danny Turner and Zoe Raber.
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