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Patriot's Name:

Sgt Jarod Cravens

Military Branch:

United States Marine Corps



Ride Captain:

Bill "Rotorhead" Holcomb; (972) 672-2701; aapylt@aol.com

Ride Captain #2:

Mike "Hawkeye" Upchurch; (972) 974-0030; hawkeye@ntxpgr.org


We will stand a flag line for the memorial service at Dallas Baptist University Chapel followed by a procession to and interment at DFW National Cemetery


Jarod Keith Cravens, age 32, of Providence Village, Texas, died Saturday, October 29, 2011 as the result of injuries sustained when a suicide car bomber attacked the armored personnel carrier in which he was traveling in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Jarod enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, after graduating from Cedar Hill High School in 1998 and served his country proudly until his honorable discharge in 2006. During his years of service, Jarod earned a number of honors including the Navy Commendation Medal in 2002. He was awarded this medal in recognition of the decisive and immediate action Jarod took in saving the life of a young boy who was drowning in a pool near the home Jarod shared with his family while he was stationed in San Diego, California. At the time of his death, Jarod was working for Fluor Corporation in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of their work with the U.S. Army’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) IV. By providing contractor support and logistics work for U.S. military troops stationed in Afghanistan, Jarod felt as though he was able to continue giving himself to the fight for freedom he believed in so strongly, while also providing for the family he adored.

A lover of life, Jarod was always in search of the next great adventure. The thing he loved, second only to his family, was spending time with them making memories. He did just that when he spent the two weeks prior to his death at home enjoying such things with them as trips to the State Fair of Texas, Six Flags Over Texas, game 4 of the World Series, an obstacle course endurance race, and the list goes on. The gift of those memories is priceless and will be treasured and remembered always. Jarod, until we meet again…Semper Fi!

Jarod leaves to forever cherish his memory , his beloved wife, Stephanie and two precious children, Brady and Samantha Cravens of Providence Village, mother, Sandra McGill and husband Robert of Ovilla, Texas, father, Gary Cravens and wife Ann of Greenville, Texas, sister Julie Jolley and husband Chad of Plano, Texas, brother Jake Cravens of Plano, Texas, uncle, Mark Hixon and wife Gaye of Sanger, Texas, uncle, Kent Cravens of Bakersfield, California and numerous other family members and friends. Jarod was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Jack “Pa Jack” and Sue “Mimi Sue” Hixon from Burleson, Texas and paternal grandparents, Kenneth “Pa Ken” Cravens of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Winona “Mimi Noni” Cravens, of Holdenville, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made at, or mailed to any Chase Bank branch, payable to the “Jarod Cravens Donation Account.” Donated funds will be used for the ongoing care of the lights of his life…his kids, Brady and Sammie.

Funeral service will be held at the Dallas Baptist University Chapel, Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Due to parking limitations, and the need to shuttle attendees from parking locations, please arrive at 1 p.m. to allow adequate time for everyone to be seated before service begins. Private interment immediately following ceremony at DFW National Cemetery.


Memorial Service and procession

Mission Date:


Staging Time:

12:00 PM

Briefing Time:

12:30 PM

In Position Time Or KSU:

12:45 PM

Details Of Part 1:

All riders should enter Dallas Baptist University from the second entrance (closest to the National Cemetery) off of Mountain Creek Parkway. Do not use the Kiest Blvd entrance. We will stage on the south side of the Chapel. We will have individuals assisting with parking. After briefing we will set up the flag line. All flags must be hand held at the Chapel. After the service begins we will secure the flag line and prepare for the procession to DFW National Cemetery.

Staging Address For Part 1:

Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas , TX 75211

Map To Staging Area For Part 1:

Map To Staging Area

Water Truck For Part 1:

- The Flag/Water Truck WILL Be There.

Support Person:

Larry "Larryeye" Insinna; (817) 637-0113; Larryeye@att.net; North Richland Hills



Mission Date:


Staging Time:

3:00 PM

Briefing Time:

3:15 PM

In Position Time Or KSU:

3:30 PM

Details Of Part 2:

If you are unable to make part one of the mission then stage at the visitor's center until the shelter becomes available, then proceed directly to the shelter to assist in setting up the flag line.

Staging Address For Part 2

DFW National Cemetery
2000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211

Map To Staging Area For Part 2:

Map To Staging Area

Water Truck For Part 2:

- The Flag/Water Truck WILL Be There.

Support Person:

Larry "Larryeye" Insinna; (817) 637-0113; Larryeye@att.net; North Richland Hills

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- Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated.

- Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

- Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and respect for this patriot and their family. NO TALKING IN THE FLAG LINE!

- We will park along the main street close to the designated shelter with 2 bikes side by side as close to the curb and each other as possible so that traffic can get by.

- Let's always remember to keep the motorcycle and voice noise to a minimum when arriving and leaving the shelters.

- Cemeteries are hallowed ground. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Show our respect to ALL who are there, not just the one we are honoring.

Respectfully Submitted By:

Bill Holcomb

Sr. Ride Captain

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