Navada “Japoy” Lee Escholt passed away on July 20, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born on September 30, 1978 to Rhonda Anton Escholt and Lee Escholt in Anchorage, Alaska. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle & cousin. He married Connie Medina on October 31, 2003. He is now with his babygirl Valeecia in heaven that he loved and missed very much.
Japoy enjoyed playing hockey in his youth. He loved listening to music, being outdoors snowboarding and cruising with his family along with his Car Club "As One". He respected and loved his Utah lowrider community. His family are very involved in doing events in the community, helping with fundraisers, and doing a "Toy Drive" each year in the memory of his beautiful baby girl, Valeecia. Japoy also loved putting things together. He enjoyed helping others along with the homeless. He had a heart of gold.
He is preceded in death by his Father, Lee Escholt, and his baby girl, Valeecia Escholt.
Japoy is survived by his wife, Connie Medina-Escholt, sons Mateo and Lazario, his Mother Rhonda Escholt, Sister Tasha (Cliff) Harris, his Brother Cody, and his two special nieces, Mercedes and Zenya, along with other nieces/nephews & cousins.
His Medina family was very special to him and cherished the relationship he had with them: Bernice, Rich, Frankie, Cathy, Martina, Maria, Grandpa Vic, and several other cousins. He loved family BBQ's & spending time with the cousins! Japoy valued his friendship with many friends.
Japoy loved his dogs Kuma and Buddha. He enjoyed his “Firestone” family and working there.
Japoy had a special love for his wife Connie and cherished their marriage and special bond they had. A huge Thank you to his loyal friend Smokey(Brandy) & family for always being there for Japoy no matter what time of day.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 6:00 PM, with the viewing two hours prior, at Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah 84123. Following the services, Japoy will be cremated, and a graveside service with military honors with his urn will be on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 11:30 AM. Interment to follow, all at the same location.
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Life Story Info
May the family find comfort. However having seen the released footage of the incident, it became obvious that he had quite a criminal past and also apparently stopped taking his meds. GOD will be his judge, I pray the family finds healing and I pray the involved officers received aftercare and were able to recover from this tragedy!
I am not known to your family. But I felt compelled to reach out and tell you how saddened and heart broken I am by your loss.
I give you the wish that God will be with you and your family and friends during this time of grief.
I also hope God will give you peace and knowledge that Nevada is still with you.
Families are Forever.