Jonathan Danforth, 28, of Columbus, died Aug. 18, 2018, at his home in Columbus.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Cindi Stewart officiating. There will be a visitation from 6–7 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the church. The family is asking that donations go to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) which can be done at their website, https:/flnamihernando.org/support-nami-mental-health-services/ or to the First United Methodist Church in Columbus.
Jonathan was born in Lincoln, Maine, to Alan and Jean (Kelley) Danforth. He spent his early years in Lincoln, Maine, where he was in Cub Scouts, earning the top rank of Arrow of Light. Jonathan’s parents were Den Leaders and Cub Scouts was a family activity. They spent time at den meetings, bike hikes, and hiking the mountains in Maine.
Their favorite events were pack meetings, where even Jon’s sister Sarah would help with the skit. Jonathan moved to Columbus in June 2003, when the family relocated from Maine. He attended Columbus Public Schools starting in the seventh grade, and graduated from Columbus High School in 2009. Jon was in the marching band until he found the New World Singers his Junior and Senior years.
He loved vocal music. He went to UNK on a music-business degree. At UNK, Jon found his love for Opera music. He performed in a couple of operas while attending school there. He graduated from UNK in May of 2013. After graduation Jon worked as a salesman for a few different companies.
Jonathan battled mental illness for many years. He struggled with the stigma of mental illness and seeking treatment. Unfortunately, he lost his battle and will be dearly missed by his parents, sister, and many other family members and friends. Please know the signs of mental illness, including depression. Seek help and support. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. Please respect life, even your own.
Jonathan is survived by parents Alan and Jean Danforth of Columbus, sister Sarah Danforth of Waterloo, Iowa; grandmother Ardel Kelley of Lincoln, Maine; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com.