Jeremy Penton

Obituary of Jeremy Penton

On August 6, 2017, Jeremy Penton, at only 17, was tragically taken from his loving and close-knit family and friends. Jeremy was born on May 25, 2000. Immediate family members include his mother, Cherie Penton; sister, Alyssa Penton; brother, Joshua Penton, and father, Daniel Penton. Paternal grandparents include Pablo and Caridad Penton, and his maternal grandparents are Butch and Glenda Wilson. Other extended family members include uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Jeremy grew up in Clewiston where his passion for fishing developed into an impressive talent. He first started fishing local community canals. One of his favorite spots was the "White Bridge" located at the end of Royal Palm Avenue, within walking distance from home. A hot summer day at the bridge always called for a break with plenty of McDonalds' hamburgers and ice cold tea for him and his fishing buddies.

Later, Jeremy's fishing exploits included boat trips on Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. His love of fishing would expand to coastal, salt water bays on both the east and west coasts. People were always amazed at his angler abilities, as they watched him tirelessly catch fish for hours without taking a break. His family will forever treasure the photos that captured those special moments with Jeremy's big smile and trophy-sized fish.

Jeremy was a prankster at heart, who loved to play jokes on family and friends when they least expected it. He loved the outdoors, so one never knew what kind of Florida critter he would capture and bring home. The solitude he found in the outdoors, so befitted his personality. He was a person of few words who spent countless nights on his back porch, browsing through social media and You-Tube and calling friends.

Like many other teenagers of today, Jeremy struggled to find his way in a challenging world. In his struggles, we, his family, overlooked his imperfections and, with love, saw only his perfection. Jeremy's young life was cut short by the endless violence and lawlessness that so dominates our society today. Our hearts ache, knowing he will never have the opportunity to plan a career, meet and marry that special woman, or father children for us to love and spoil. Our family suffers deeply at Jeremy's loss because he was senselessly murdered and ruthlessly taken from us. His life is gone, but he will always continue to live in our hearts; his memories will sustain and comfort us. Jeremy, we will never forget you – your loving family will hold you in our hearts forever.

Celebration of Jeremy's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017 in Clewiston Church of God, where Pastor Ray Dick will officiate. Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 6-8 pm in Akin-Davis Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Ridgelawn Cemetery.

Celebration arrangements being handled by Akin-Davis Funeral Home – Clewiston.