RIP Jakester (

By:Jarrod Sarafin
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013

Like any and every website out there, Mania is a place that is dependent upon all of you participating. You and your thoughts make our genre community thrive. When we lose one of you, we lose a part of the whole. This weekend, we experienced such a loss in the Mania Community. 

This weekend Jason Lizik, also known as Jakester, passed away at the age of 42. He leaves behind his wife Kimberly, his sister Regina, his brothers, parents and two loving children Julia and Steven. And all of us here at Mania. 

If you would like to express your condolences, you can do so at his Facebook page. If you don’t participate on Facebook, you can express your thoughts here in the comment section or our Forum thread.  

Also, Jason played a large part in his children’s lives. Whether it was sitting down to watch Doctor Who every week with his kids or selling Girl Scout Cookies with his daughter Julia. In memory of her father, Julia hopes to sell 1,000 Girl Scout orders this year and I know we can all help out. When the contact information becomes available, we will let you know down below. His wife Kim will likely give out that information on his Facebook page. 

As a tribute to his memory, his sister Regina suggested wearing something Batman related when his services take place . Along with Doctor Who and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Jakester could never get enough Batman. In honor of such geekness, I second his sister’s suggestion and will be sporting something related to one of those franchises the day of the service. Feel free to join me…

R.I.P. Jakester. We will certainly miss you. 

Update: Here's an update from his wife Kimberly on where and when the services are being held.. As Jakester would have approved, they're being held in usual genre-fanatical fashion.... 

Per Facebook:

"From Kimberley: Many of you have been kind enough to ask about arrangements for Jason. They are now set.

Memorial Gathering for Jason Lizik
Thursday, 21 March 2013
6-8 pm
Omps Funeral Home
1600 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601


Guests are welcome for a few minutes or the whole time. Jason's brothers and sister decided to make a fashion statement for him and wear Batman shirts. The kids and other family members will be joining them. Please feel free to rock your Batman attire or that of another 'geek' interest - some favs he shared with the kids and many of you are Dr. Who, Hitchhikers, LOTR, Star Wars, Star Trek, Big Bang Theory. Don't we all wish there was a big Sheldon "Bazinga" waiting for us at the end of this?"