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Benjaman Lamb

Benjaman Steven "Jammer" Lamb

Sunday, February 12th, 1995 - Thursday, December 12th, 2019
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Obituary

Ben Steven “Jammer” Lamb, 24, of Oak Harbor, died suddenly on December 12, 2019 from an overdose, after an eleven-year battle with addiction.

He is survived by his parents, Laurie and Robert Croan, Margaret Davis, and Patrick Lamb; daughter, Harper Lamb, and her mother Kaitlee Pate; siblings Joshua, Alicia Rose, Aleesha Marie; and many aunts, uncles, and nieces. His brother, Timothy C. Earl “TC” Davis preceded him in death.

Ben was a life-long resident of Oak Harbor, born in Anacortes, WA February 12, 1995. He attended school in Oak Harbor and participated in sports and the Oak Harbor Middle School Choir.

Often known for his clowning around by his classmates and teachers, Ben was the kid in class that made everyone laugh and usually the source of morning antics that even made the teachers smile. Ben completed his education through Greenhill School in Chehalis, WA and was working on Technician classes for Automotive Engine Repair.

A service will be held to celebrate Ben’s life at Wallin Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (his birthday) at 1:00 pm with a reception to follow.

Ben’s family suggests memorials may be made to Ryan’s House for Youth online. Visit www.ryanshouseforyouth.org/featured-opportunities.html to view their current list of needs. You can email them at: ryanshouseforyouth@gmail.com to ask about donations and volunteering, or contact them by phone at: (206) 356-2405.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, LLC
    Address
    1811 NE 16th Ave
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Notes
    Ben’s family suggests memorials may be made to Ryan’s House for Youth online. Visit www.ryanshouseforyouth.org/featured-opportunities.html to view their current list of needs. You can email them at: ryanshouseforyouth@gmail.com to ask about donations and volunteering, or contact them by phone at: (206) 356-2405.
  • Interment

    Location
    Maple Leaf Cemetery
    Address
    1961 NE 16th Ave
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Notes
    Jammer will be laid to rest next to his brother, TC at a later date.
  • Reception

    Location
    Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, LLC
    Address
    1811 NE 16th Ave
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Notes
    Family and friends are invited to attend the reception after the memorial service.

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Mike Wiggins

Posted at 06:10pm
I'm sorry it took me so long to get here; Ben's passing did not go unmarked. In m own case I had tried to write something several times back in the beginning but couldn't get it to work on the super slow connections I have overseas and eventually the days turned into weeks which turned into months. I'm not making excuses; this is simply what happened.

Now that I am here I have no more to say than I had this winter; more specifically I don't know what to say at all. They don't really make words that can put losses of this magnitude into a framework which makes sense. Laurie had mentioned that few had posted here and this got me to looking at other walls and many of them have few posters, none of them have as many as I expected. It seems to me likely that many people don't have any way to express their feelings and end up not doing anything at all as a kind of escape, a way to not have to say something which feels worthless compared to the comfort they wish they could offer. I know I felt that way when I tried back in the beginning. I never had decided what I might say, I only had it in mind that I would wing it and hope inspiration kicked in.

Inspiration has not made itself know so instead I'll simply say some of the things on my mind when I think of Ben and I do think of him. I think about what might of happened if he could have turned it around. What place would his hopes and dreams have taken him? All parents have hopes and dreams about their children's futures; when a child dies, the hopes and dreams die along with them. I wonder what hopes Laurie had for this reason. I only hoped that he could get out of drugs, everything for an addict hinges on that one thing; stopping with the drugs and moving away into whatever their life brings them.

Ben himself I didn't know that well, we didn't see him very often. He would come over from time to time out of the blue and hang out for as little as a few minutes or as long as an hour. I never knew why but he did it fairly often and consistently. Always polite, positive. When I asked what he was doing he would always say something non-committal like "the usual" or similar. The particularly interesting thing about this dynamic is he is the only niece or nephew that ever came by and visited. None other, ever. It says something about Ben, maybe something about me. I don't know. I do know I was pleased when he came by, it felt like somehow I had been included in his life. I wish I knew the thing to say or do that could have made some difference in his life that might have changed the arc that led here.

Laurie... I am very sorry that you have felt alone and abandoned. I will be looking in now from time to time. I took the boat over to Dutch Harbor last night so I could find a place with internet that could handle a website where you needed to fill out a form so I could write here. For my part I was wrong to assume others had been comforting you. I'm accustomed to being up here and out of every loop, separate from the world. For this I am sincerely sorry. I love you. You and Ben have often been in my mind. He did not passed unnoticed, he is not forgotten. You are not forgotten. You are not the odd man out. You deserve better than you got even from a family as dysfunctional as ours and I'm going to do my best to make amends. I hope you will accept them and allow me to be some small part of your life. I'm going to head back out now but I can usually message or send an email and I will be in contact. Take gentle care. Please.
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Bev, Brandon & Breanna

Posted at 07:10pm
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort. Love you guys!
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Mark Wiggins

Posted at 02:08pm
Bob and Laurie,
I’m sorry that I could not be there for you during this time of hardship and sadness. I know that Ben’s choices throughout his life where difficult on both you but you were strong, supportive and gave him your love but sometimes there are things as parents that we just can’t control or fix. Don’t try and second guess the decisions that you made over his lifetime just know that Ben loved you and that his restless sole is finally at peace. Again, I am sorry that I cannot be there but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Your brother,
Mark
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LeeAnn Halpin

Posted at 03:24am
I have been searching for words to write for weeks. It seems I still don't have any. That's one thing I loved about you. I could say anything and it was okay. I have thought of you many times since Grandma died. Wondering where you are or what you're doing. I have worried and I have prayed for you. I have missed you. I miss you now. But I know that love doesn't melt. I will remember your laugh; and at times, your tears. Rest in peace Ben. I Love you. Auntie LeeAnn

Marla McIver Schaffer

Posted at 01:03pm
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