Jason Michael Deaton
Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Michael Deaton USAF (retired), 48, died peacefully in his home in Edmond, Okla., on Nov. 8, 2019.
Jason started life in Hinsdale Ill., and spent parts of his childhood in Chicago, Ill., and the DC metro area before his family settled in central Arkansas. He graduated from Benton High School in 1989, and went on to earn a BS in Biology at Henderson State University. While at HSU he met a nursing student named Beth Self who became the love of his life and - in 1992 - his wife of almost 27 years.
When Beth's military career took the pair to San Antonio Texas, Jason embarked on his graduate career at UT San Antonio, earning an MS in Environmental Science as well as a teaching certification in science. Not content to rest on these laurels, he joined the Air Force in 1999, later attending Air University where he earned a master of Military Operational Art and Science degree in 2013.
While serving in the Air Force, he was assigned as an air battle manager. During his training, Jason's quick wit, intelligence, and sarcasm stood out and quickly earned him the call sign Stewey. Jason also served as a combat system officer/air battle manager instructor for over two years. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, an Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, an Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one service star, and the Iraq Campaign Medal with one service star. Jason repeatedly deployed throughout the Middle East in support of campaigns including Operation Desert Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Kingpin.
Surviving Jason are his wife of 27 years, Beth Self Deaton; sons, Zane and Ian Deaton; parents, Larry and Marilyn Deaton of Benton, Ark.; brother, Bill (wife Marney) Deaton of Charlottesville, Va.; mother-in-law, Helen Self of Hope, Ark.; brothers-in-law, Jon Self of Seattle, Wash., and Todd (wife Regina) Self of Prattville, Ala.; sister-in-law, Jill Self of Hope, Ark.; best friend of more than 40 years, Johnny (wife Gabriela) Wilson of Los Angeles, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews; a large and loving extended family; and many friends around the world.
A memorial service has been slated for 4 p.m. Nov. 15, 2019, at Matthews Funeral home in Edmond, Okla., with inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery at a date yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jason's memory at fightcolorectalcancer.org.
Published on November 12, 2019

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Mrs. Toni Greenfield
Nov 14, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Although I only knew and worked with him professionally, Jason was a wonderful, kind and generous person. His leadership, professionalism and integrity will not be forgotten. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.