January 04, 2014, 12:31:12 AM by BurkeKnight
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This was written by one of Jeff's closest friends: ZarPrime
Thousands of people have used Crip themes. I think many do not know his story, and how incredible it is that he is even able to make a theme. I figured with the legacy of themes he has left behind, you all might want to know what has happened. Rest in peace Jeff.
June 12, 1962 - January 2, 2014
“I have fought a good fight I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
II Timothy 4:7
On November 28, 2013, Jeff posted his last status update on his Facebook page. Being a very religious person, his status on that day was simple and elegant, the passage shown above from II Timothy 4:7.
At 5:30 AM on January 2, 2014, our friend and colleague Jeff made the final trek into the light and, no doubt, met his beloved Mother and his Saviour Jesus Christ at the Rainbow Bridge, where he was escorted into the Gates of Heaven to sit at the right side of God the Father.
|He was our Team Member, and we all loved him, but, more importantly, we all respected him. In fact, everyone who ever knew him respected him for the work he did throughout his life. I have tried to count all the ways that he helped all of us but the list is so extensive that one loses count after awhile. It is conservatively estimated that Crip created nearly 500 unique SMF themes, but that number may indeed be much greater. He did this while sitting in his wheelchair and using sticks in his mouth to tap out commands on his mouse and keyboard because of the terrible accident that occurred when he was only 25 years old that paralyzed him from the neck down.|
Jeff is now at peace with his disability. In the last year, he lost both his Mother and his Father, and missed them both very much, but is now, no doubt, making themes in Heaven for his God. He will be missed by all who loved and respected him.
Jeff and his beloved Mother from the early years
~ before the accident that took his mobility ~
On the evening of New Years Day, Jeff had a good last supper, according to his sister-in-law Connie, and then went to bed early, as was his custom. He woke up early on the morning of January 2nd, as was also his custom, gave Connie some simple last instructions, and went back to sleep. He never woke back up and passed at 5:30AM that morning. According to Jeff's wishes, there will be no Funeral Service for him, and he requested that no flowers be sent or donations made in his honor. For those who knew him, you all know that he was a simple man. His only instruction for us was "that ZarPrime and Maxx keep my website going for as long as they can." We will adhere to his wishes as long as we can but we may seek help from some of you who might choose to volunteer to help us.
Jeff, or Crip, as we knew him, in later years