But sometimes that order gets a little skewed and turned around. In the newness of another year, that reality hit a community, including our dairy community, with such a defining force and realization that life's journey and the order it is supposed to take does not follow the chosen path. A family and community grieve and mourn the loss of a child, a child bordering on manhood. Jared Anderson, son of Erin and Brian Anderson of Aldor Acres, and brother to Brianna, Gabriel, and Reid, left this journey suddenly and far too early. This is not supposed to happen in the order of life. In the order of life, a person is supposed to live a long life, and upon passing, a community gathers together to celebrate that special life. This is the way it is supposed to be.
For this young man, a community came together to celebrate a short life. A life filled with a love for farming, a love for 4-H, a love for the outdoors, a love for rugby, and a true love for his family. A huge crowd in one of Langley's largest churches had the opportunity to glimpse into that short event-filled life and the impact Jared had on his community. A tear-filled, love-filled, and courageous tribute to their special son by his mom and dad made this community weep for a vibrant life too soon stilled. Big sister Brianna, in heartfilled tribute, reminded all to give freely and frequently those special hugs, and never tire of saying these special words, "I love you." Jared's special First Nation friends, with a very comforting and caring tribute; his teachers and coaches sharing stories, tears, and laughter, all gave meaning and perspective to this young life.
A community came together. To support. To remember. To laugh. To cry. Life's journey is meant to be simple. Sometimes it's not. That's when a community comes together.
Jared Clayton Anderson, July 6, 1998 – January 29, 2015
Jared was born during haying season and raised his entire 16 years on the family dairy farm, Aldor Acres Dairy in Langley. Jared was known for his handsome smile, his kindness to all, and his incredible work ethic. As a baby, he loved to stand on anything with wheels; we were always worried he would knock his teeth out! As he grew, so did his love of the outdoors. He and his brothers would dig holes and build forts as deep as they could go. He fashioned bows and arrows from scratch with materials he would bring home from the bush. The kids loved to spend time together target shooting. Jared spent his final summer in the mountains at a hunting camp, a place where he felt at home. He'd never ridden a horse before that trip, but he was there to work, so he saddled up a horse and jumped on and fit right in. He was looking forward to going back to the mountains again soon.
Jared's passion for dairy farming was evident from as early as two years old; he could be found with mom or dad raking beds with a shortened rake. He treated all the animals with respect and loved the calves and cats during his daily chore time duties. Once the DeLaval VMS was installed in the spring of 2012, Jared's chores changed and he was interested in the new style of milking and had a great understanding of herd management. Jared was also employed off the farm milking cows at Devalera Dairy Farm a few times per week.
Outside of farming, Jared was a rugby player at DW Poppy Secondary School and the Langley Rugby Club, proud 4-H member of the Langley Beef & Swine Club, and respected member of the family.
At home Jared was a lover of family, practical joker, couch stealer, jam maker, burgeoning cook and the eater of all the fruit. Jared was the much-loved son of Brian and Erin Anderson, and the brother of Brianna (18), Gabriel (13), and Reid (11). He left us suddenly, and far too early. He leaves behind the grieving communities of Fort Langley, BC 4-H, D.W. Poppy Secondary School, and the Langley Rugby Club.
The family is very grateful for all of the prayers and support.