Funeral services were held yesterday for Jason Hairston. The 44 year old died last week of suicide that those close to him believe was a byproduct of CTE (a degenerative brain injury caused by repeated blows to the head) from his years playing football for UC/Davis and the NFL.
Now, maybe you don’t know Hairston’s name, but if you’re a hunter or outdoorsperson of any kind, you know the hunting gear company he founded…Kuiu…which he based out of Dixon. Hairston built Kuiu into a $50 million dollar business and one of his close friends was Dixon native Jon Pardi. Kuiu is a major sponsor of Jon’s tours but more than that…in a Twitter post yesterday, Jon remembered his buddy as someone who pushed him to follow his dreams.
Celebrating the life of my good friend Jason Hairston. He always pushed me to move to Nashville and go after music, always tried to help me out anyway he could, gave me a great sponsorship and supported my dreams!! Gonna miss you. Much love to all his family. #kuiunation @KUIU pic.twitter.com/xA8pq4r3qv
— Jon Pardi (@JonPardi) September 12, 2018
The Hairston Family asks that, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation instead to CTE research led by the Boston University Concussion Legacy Foundation.
To read more about Hairston’s funeral, and about his life and the impact he had on others, read the article by Joe Davidson in the Sacramento Bee. To see it, just click here.