Jason Hale-Clarke Costley was born on May 10, 1979, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the son of Jerry and Charmaigne Costley. He was raised in Provo and later grew up in South Ogden with his two brothers, along with many friends. Jason attended MarLon Hills Elementary, South Ogden Jr. High, Bonneville High, and Weber State University.
He enjoyed drawing, music, skateboarding, roller blading, film making, and sports, but his greatest love was reserved for being with his brothers and his many friends. Among his many accomplishments were attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, directing, producing and acting in two independent films, and nurturing a very kind heart. He would never turn away anyone in need. Once Jason’s friend, you were his friend for life. He enjoyed thinking deeply about all aspects of life and the universe and discussing these thoughts with us. Likewise, his love of movies extended to analyzing and debating various meanings of all genres with friends and comrades. One of the happiest times of his life was when he worked at movie theatres. One of these theatres, the Wilshire, also launched the careers of his father and brothers. His love also extended to his pets, both living and stuffed. One of the most tender moments of his life was when Troll, a rat who was his constant companion died in his hands. Another love was traveling, both with family and friends. He was equally at home on road trips and in flying. He had a travel bucket list, all of which he was able to cross off. These included Seattle, Hawaii, New Orleans, New York, London, Switzerland, San Francisco, France, Italy, Hungary, DC, Austria, Philadelphia, Romania, Scotland, Ireland, Las Vegas, and Southern Utah. He wasn’t just interested in the sights—he was one to experience everything that all cultures had to offer.
Jason was an admitted “foodie”. He often combined his love of food and travel, including lobster, oysters, pizza, Philly cheese steaks, clam chowder, lobster rolls, Haribo, and Red Vines, preferably sampling these in the countries they were most associated with. His taste in food was obviously eclectic.
A final love was for music, which started early in life and continued to grow. He played in numerous bands and treasured live concerts.
We would like to thank Jason’s many friends who added immeasurably to his happiness over the years. Any attempt to name friends would surely leave someone out, so we won’t attempt such a list here. Please know our deepest appreciation extends to you all.
Jason is survived by his mother and father; brothers, Liwai Makanui (Mia), Ian (Carol Storey), and Jared (Katie); stepmother, Carol Lawrence-Costley; stepfather, Vernon Button; grandmother, Myra Aina-Paul; sisters, Hannah (Jaden) Costley-Trujillo and Emma Costley; nine nieces and nephews, and numerous extended family members.
“I know the ones who love us will miss us.”