- Associated Press - Sunday, March 16, 2014

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - Mark Becker has found a way to memorialize his son while helping other youth.

Becker’s 22-year-old son, Jordan, committed suicide on Jan. 19.

“There was no note. There was nothing. He lost his hope,” said Becker, a local man and grill chef at J’s Steakhouse in Fremont.

Now, Becker wants to provide hope to other youth through a unique fundraiser. The event is called Skateboard for Hope concert and benefit in memory of Jordan A. Becker.

Through this new event, Mark Becker hopes to promote suicide prevention and raise funds that will benefit youth skaters from Fremont to Blair. He plans to give out skateboards.

Open to people of all ages, the event is scheduled for March 30 at Uncle Larry’s. Doors open at 1 p.m. The band Mulligan Stew will perform from 1:30-3 p.m. The band plays ‘70s and ‘80s music.

From 4-5 p.m., the band Saul will perform.

“They do alternative rock . skateboard music,” Becker said.

The event also will include drawings for prizes, door prizes, a silent auction and free food. Admission is a $10 donation per person at the door.

Becker said his son was an avid skateboarder. He also was a mentor to skateboarders in Blair, where he lived.

A Blair High School graduate, Jordan worked in restaurants as a cook and was a huge Green Bay Packers fan.

Becker thinks his son might have wanted to become a chef someday.

Jordan’s 1 1/2-year-old daughter, Bailey, lives in Alaska with her mother, Amanda.

Becker has good memories of his son and his big smile.

“He was a great person,” Becker said. “He would give you the shirt off his back. He was a happy person to be around. . His daughter was the love of his life.”

With his son’s death, Becker has a message to other youth.

“Don’t lose your hope,” he said.

Becker how difficult Jordan’s death has been.

“Losing my son is the saddest moment in my life ever,” he said. “I’ve lost both parents to natural death and, obviously, I was sad about that. Losing someone to suicide, especially a child . is totally unexplainable.”

Becker does believe that the skateboard fundraiser will help other youth.

“I think it’s going to bring a positive attitude to the youth . and assure them that there is hope.”

For more information about the event, contact Becker at beckermark22@yahoo.com or 1-714-773-2878.

Becker said his future plans will be “to continue ‘Skateboard for Hope’ and help any children in any way I can.”


Information from: Fremont Tribune, https://www.fremontneb.com

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