Bauer, Jason David
January 8, 1973 – February 7, 2019
Age 46 of Minneapolis. died February 7 after a valiant battle with cancer lasting four years, eight months, and sixteen days. He passed peacefully at home with his beloved wife Amanda and faithful dog Niko at his side.Jason was born on January 8, 1973 to John and Elizabeth Bauer of Blaine. He was a quiet kid with a big imagination and a flair for art. Jason’s friends remember him as a compassionate kid with a big smile, always on his bike or skateboard. He attended Jefferson Elementary, Northdale Junior High, and Blaine High School.When Jason was 18, he met his person, Amanda. The two were inseparable, and they married in 1998. They shared a unique connection and truly cherished each other’s company. Although unequivocally a team, they respected and encouraged each other’s individuality. Whether traveling cross-country, watching a movie, walking around Lake Nokomis, or trapped in a hospital room, they were better together.Jason earned a degree in electronics technology from Brown Institute and spent almost 18 years in Information Systems at Ziegler. He quickly gained a reputation for resolving the most difficult issues with personal computers and applications. Later, as Production Support Manager, he led a team that supported the entire company. He was known throughout the organization for his initiative, ideas and dedication.Jason loved music even as a child, but once he signed up for guitar lessons at age 15, he was on the road to a true passion. He became a prolific bassist admired by many local musicians, playing in punk, hardcore, ska, indie rock, and metal bands. Jason was a quiet man, but words like thunderous and face-melting were used to describe his bass tones. He loved playing live more than just about anything. He continued writing songs and performing even after he lost feeling in his fingertips due to chemo side effects, and like a true rock star, he played two live shows after entering hospice care. His sound, style, and presence provided the foundation for songs and stories that will live on forever.Jason was incredibly strong, as he proved many times over while fighting colorectal cancer. He survived surgeries most people have never heard of, and endured endless radiation and chemo, all of which slowly forced him to give up most of the activities he enjoyed. He was always kind to those who cared for him and maintained his sense of humor, even while in terrible pain. When standard treatments failed, Jason didn’t give up. He participated in three consecutive clinical trials at Mayo Clinic. Jason knew it was unlikely these experimental drugs would cure his cancer or give him superpowers, but thanks to his unselfish participation, future generations may have a better chance at beating this awful disease.Jason loved road trips, sunsets, death metal, singletrack mountain biking, and driving too fast. He had an innate sense of style and was always dressed better than his wife. He remodeled nearly every inch of the home they shared. He was always willing to lend a hand to friends and neighbors. He enjoyed photography and had a great eye for design. He loved animals and volunteered walking dogs at the Humane Society until he was too weak to continue. He was genuine and humble and kind, and he deserved more time than he got.Jason will be missed by his wife, Amanda Allen-Bauer, his parents John and Betty Bauer, his brothers Todd & Chris and their wives Kellie & Shari, nephews Joshua and Jacob Bauer and Sidney Allen, mother-in-law Sue Allen, sister-in-law Emily Allen and countless other family members and friends. He will be deeply missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Emil & Anita Johnson and John & Ann Bauer, and his father-in-law Randy Allen.Jason chose to celebrate his life before it ended, and he did so in November 2018 at a party so epic that over three hundred people and a woolly mammoth were in attendance. No further services will be held. (Published in the Star Tribune on Feb. 10, 2019).