Jason Mearns

Jason Mearns, 37, a resident of Beverly, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013, in the West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., as a result of injuries sustained in a gas exploration accident earlier this month.

He was born Sept. 2, 1975, in Charleston, a son of Ray Mearns and Donna Flannery Mearns who reside in East Dailey. Also surviving is one daughter, Mahaliegh Margaret Mearns, at home, his fiance, Karah Kittle, with whom Jason was expecting a child in Jan. 2014; a brother, Ray “Andy” Mearns, Jr. of East Dailey; a nephew, Tyler Mearns, of Elkins; and several other nieces and nephews.

Also preceding him in death was one brother, Christopher Wayne Mearns; his maternal grandmother, Constance Flannery; and his paternal grandparents, Carl and Genevieve Mearns.

Jason was a graduate of Tygart Valley High School with the class of 1995. He was formerly employed with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources at the Edray Hatchery near Marlinton for 10 years and was currently employed by Nabors Corporation Systems. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loving son and father. He never knew a stranger and loved fishing with his daughter. He was clearly loved by all that knew him and he will be missed each day.

Friends may call from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2 from the funeral home chapel with Pastor Bill Kumpf officiating. Interment will follow in the Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery at Lost Creek.

The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Jason Mearns. Condolences may be expressed to the family at