Over the many years I’ve been a fan of Jack's, I’ve been fortunate enough to talk to some absolutely wonderful people who have shared some very personal stories of how Jack’s death affected their lives. One theme that kept recurring in each story was how people were shocked at the level of grief they experienced when he had died.
Of course I’m not talking about rabid fans, the ones that claim he’s the second coming of Christ or something. I’m referring to regular people, those who led normal lives, and suddenly found themselves touched by a celebrity in a way they’d never been touched by the death of a celebrity before. They felt his death acutely: almost as if he were a close, personal friend, and these feelings were very confusing.
I have pondered their stories, and have come to a very simple conclusion. I believe in God, in heaven and an afterlife, and I believe in the possibility that when someone passes, they are able to return to earth to help human beings on their own personal journey in life.
The Bible says that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, who do you suppose those witnesses are? Some believe that the personality we had on earth is the one we take into the afterlife, and if that’s the case, then it makes perfect sense that Jack would want to return to help others.
As we know, Jack was a wonderful, kind man, with a heart of gold, who loved people. I can totally envision him as an angel, a sexy one at that, with those icy blue eyes and a gorgeous set of wings. I love this picture of him as an angel, and this is how I love to think of Jack now:
Am I arrogant enough to think my stance on the afterlife is the only correct one? No, of course not. But do any of us have all the answers to the hereafter? Heck no. And none of us really will until we reach the other side, where Jack is. Only then will we have definite answers, and everything will finally make sense. Until that time, it gives me great comfort to think my loved ones that have passed on are watching over me, and it charges me up to think that I have someone up there on my side.
And when I get to heaven, you bet I’m looking for Jack, I want to shake his hand. When I find him, I'd be totally thrilled if I found him hanging out with Elvis. Can you imagine the coolness factor on THAT cloud? Whoa! (Hey Voyager G: do you suppose they have a spot on that cloud ready for Henry “The Fonz” Winkler? )
In putting this tribute together, I have talked to so many fans that want to share their memories of Jack. They are the heart and soul of keeping his memory alive, and if it weren't for them, this site wouldn't exist. Thank you to all those that visit this site, and contribute to our Facebook pages. We have an amazing group, and it just prove to me that Jack has the greatest fans in the world!
As I poured over tons of articles to bring this site to you, I came across some lovely tributes to Jack. I found some of these in various newspapers and magazines, and even more were scattered around the Internet. Some were written shortly after Jack’s death in 1984, that I doubt at this point that we could ever track down the authors of these beautiful tributes.* But as I read them, some truly touched my heart, and I thought maybe other fans would enjoy them as much as I did. So I’ll share them on this page as well, in the hopes that they will help you find some comfort in the midst of this senseless tragedy.
"Wow, I cannot believe it's been 30 years. I still remember when I heard the news and how sad I felt that he was really gone.What a special soul.
It is so amazing that so many others who never met him, share the same sense of loss over his death and joy that he brought to so many in his short life. RIP." -Lucia Ciaravino
JON ERIK HEXUM
"I remember exactly the first time I watched "VOYAGERS!" In my country Argentina we saw on April 1984. I was 16 years old,as soon as I saw Jon, I fell hopelessly in love with him. Phineas Bogg is special for me, because is his first character that I met. My Prince Charming!
A few months later,I watch "The Making Of A Male Model,"but in that moment I found out the worst news. I remember that I was terribly sad for a long time. I couldn't accept that someone so young had died in that way.
To finish,I'm going to tell you that Mac Harper was my handsome and brave hero. My heart beat hurriedly when "Cover Up" started.He made me sigh wearing those military clothes!
Jon-Erik,wherever you are we always remember you with love! FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS!" -Laura Yakar
"It's already been 30 years you went to heaven. This is the first picture I ever saw of Jack. It was in a dutch magazine called Panorama. I want to pay tribute to Jack with this song : the spirit carries on by Dream Theater because most of the lyrics fit in my opinion somehow. You stay in our hearts ...forever Jack. We you!" -Nino Golia
"May your soul be free. Love Ilaria Carascio"
"30 years ago a beautiful man died and a beautiful angel was born. God bless you Jack. We will remember you always x" - Karen Davies
"Much love to you, Jack - wish I could have met you but I was only 4 when you left but I know that there are many many more that also love you and those that truly knew you miss and love you even more since they know firsthand the amazing man you were. We are all thinking of you and loving you today and every day. We may not be able to see you, but you will NEVER be forgotten." -Angela Simmons
"Send you my thoughts on golden wings, I know you will get them because they are send with love..." -Maria Luisa Salas Cuadros
Our dear friend Voyager Bogg wrote a phenomenal tribute to Jack. As I read it, I was nodding my head, I really could envision this scene in my mind. What a touching, amazing tribute he did. He was so generous in allowing me to post it for you, and I hope my readers enjoy this as much as I did.
There are some very beautiful tribute videos out there made in memory of Jack, all one needs to do is type in "Jon-Erik Hexum" in Youtube to find a lot of them. I like to post the best videos here, for our readers to enjoy.
One of my very favorites, though, came from our dear friend Bluecanvas. When I saw this video, I was just in awe. I guess it's my religious background or something, but using all the angels as he did, mingled with pictures and videos of Jack, incredible special effects, wonderful music, well, you need to see it for yourself to get it, because words don't do it justice. It's beyond description.
Thank you, Bluecanvas, for sharing your tribute with us.
My son Billy found a poem he thought was perfect for Jack, and asked if I'd post it for him. When my father passed away in 2006, we used this poem for the program for his memorial service. I have it hanging up in my office, over my desk. Billy saw it and said, "Mom, that fits Jack, too, you have to post it to the website." Well, I agree with him, the poem really does fit. So read it and see if you don't agree. And be prepared, you might cry too:
God looked around his garden
And found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids
And whispered, 'Peace be Thine'.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn't go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
This poem inspired me to write the tribute that I did in 2013. I have had many requests to leave it on the site permanently, so I will. Hope you enjoy it!
Our dear friend Margie Ochher created some lovely tribute videos for Jack's 29th, 30th and 31st Angelversaries. She did a wonderful job on them:
-Letter from Heaven Poem and photo by Tammy Rineer
Our fans have done some amazing artwork in tribute, please see our Tribute Photo Album page.
You had many girls at your feet
Jon-Erik was my favorite of all time – I liked him since Voyagers! He had just that right amount of charm and wit and could always make me smile.
Some people saw only his good looks; I saw through to the real actor and human being. He will be missed forever. -Shann McLaughlin, Westminster, CA
I learned to appreciate life. I guess the reason I’m writing is to tell everyone to appreciate people while they’re still alive. We don’t realize how much we really do love someone until they’re gone. Don’t take people for granted, that’s the lesson I learned from Jon-Erik’s death.
Now I know how important my friends are – from now on, I’m gonna enjoy every minute I spend with them. -Learned the Hard Way, Yongstown, Ohio
My only regret is that I didn’t get to meet him, but I feel like I knew him. I feel close to him. From his blue eyes to his beautiful hair and body – I guess it was God’s will, but did He have to take him so soon?
It was only a matter of time before Jon-Erik would have been the most well known actor. I wish I could do something to ease the pain everyone who knew him is feeling. -Vicky Sonday, Levvitown, PA
I wish he’d been my friend. The first thing I thought when I heard about Jon-Erik’s death was, “what a waste.” Jon-Erik wasn’t just a talented actor, he as a friendly, kind and very down-to-earth man with a great sense of humor. He was the kind of guy you wished was your friend – a man you could really admire. He was young and had a lot going for him. He deserves special acknowledgment. - Nancy Fish, Petaluma, CA
I loved Jon-Erik and I know there are a lot of other people who feel the same way. His death was terribly senseless, and I’ll never understand why it happened. He was the most gorgeous man alive and had everything going for him.
His death was like that of James Dean’s, except Jon-Erik was just becoming famous – given time, he would’ve reached superstar status. I won’t forget and I’m sure there are others who won’t either.-Sad in San Antonio, TX
I send my deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Jon-Erik Hexum. I know the pain and hurt you feel: I have also lost a very special person. I started to think of all the special moments we shared – it’s painful, but the love and warmth we shared will always be sacred.
Here’s a poem:
Jon-Erik will be remembered for his warn smile and bright cheeriness.-Laura Feierabend, Irvine, CA
I think I was thirteen when I first saw him emerge from the water in the very first episode of Cover Up. I rather liken it to the effect that it has on men when they watch Ursula Andress come out of the water in that Bond film.
I realized then that it would be very hard to find someone as beautiful again. I actually have a picture of him pinned up on the wall beside my desk. I was afraid he’d be forgotten; It’s nice to realize that he’s not. – AB
He was quiet literally the most beautiful person I have ever seen. –JB
Jon-Erik was a big inspiration for me to motivate myself in the acting/entertainment field – reading about his life and his opinions in various articles, and his determination to follow through with his dreams, even though it meant having to overcome financial hardships and growing up in a single-parent family, was an incredible example. – DW
Jon-Erik Hexum has been a role model for me all of my life. He was the ultimate in male personality, attractiveness, and all around perfection. It was really terrible what happened to such a great man. I used to watch Cover Up every time it came on. – Sundown
-photo by Margarita Hernandez Angulo
I too am a big fan of Jon-Erik Hexum. I was part of a group of STAR TREK fans in STARFLEET INTERNATIONAL. When we formed our chapter we named the ship after Jon-Erik. We were the USS HEXUM NCC-2199. All of us were fans, loved to watch repeats of Voyagers! when we could get it on tape. We were sad to see him go in such a tragic way. – Ken “Trekster” Dysinger.
-photo by Miss Margarita Cowgirl
*Do you recognize any of these "lost" tributes as your words? If so, then we’d love to hear from you. Do you have any poetry, tribute art, or videos you’d like to see posted on our page? Email me at [email protected] We’d love to share your remembrances.