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Jep David Sasser

Staff Writer
The Star
The Star
Jep David Sasser, 82 of Wewahitchka passed away on Tuesday, January 7, at Gulf Coast Community Hospital in Panama City. Jep David (J.D.) was born in Brantley, Alabama, the oldest child of Cyrus Jep and Doris Idell Sasser in 1937. The family moved to Crestview Florida, where J.D. graduated from Crestview High School in 1955.
After four years in the U.S. Navy, where he was an electronics technician, J.D. went to work for Vitro Services as a radar technician and later a site chief. He married Patricia Bomar in 1960, and they had four children: Donna, David, Diane, and Denise. Towards the end of his career, J.D. specialized in radar site maintenance which allowed him to travel to some interesting and remote parts of the world such as Green Island (Taiwan), the Hebrides Islands of Scotland, Bermuda, and Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.
After his retirement, J.D. found more time to enjoy his favorite pastimes of hunting, fishing, and watching sports – especially University of Alabama football. J.D. loved old country music. He played the baritone ukulele, and was well known at the Lookout Lounge for his karaoke versions of “Ole' Hank” standards, as well as his spoon playing.
J.D. is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, George Sasser. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Sasser; four children: Donna Funck (Brent), David Sasser, Diane Neal, and Denise Knight (Kevin); nine grandchildren: Brenna, Molly, Joe, and Emilie Funck, Matthew Sasser, Miranda Stopplebein (Fritz), Daniel Neal, Kristen Macomber (Heath), and Kaleb Pursewell; and seven great-grandchildren: Phenyx and Liam Sasser, Emma, Harper, and Hazel Stopplebein, Jarrett and Wesley Spencer.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Sunday, January 12 at The Lookout Lounge, 8066 West Hwy 98, Port St. Joe Beach, FL. Visitation will be 3 p.m. ET, Memorial Service at 3:30 p.m. ET and Celebration of Life (with karaoke) 4–6 p.m. ET.
A Memorial scholarship has been set up in his name. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the “JD Sasser Outdoor Education Scholarship” at any Trustmark Bank or sent to Trustmark 2315 S Hwy 77 Lynn Haven, FL 32444.