Jason Noble's Journal
Written Aug 10, 2012 8:18pm
Jason Noble died on Saturday, August 4th 2012 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. After a three-year well-fought battle against cancer, he passed as a result of complications while undergoing treatment in a clinical trial.
As a musician, Jason provided the inspiration and was the principal glue that connected his projects, as well as his wider community in the city of Louisville, Kentucky. His energy reached well beyond state, national and celestial boundaries through recordings and live shows performed with his many bands. With much appreciation for anything done with honesty and conviction, his own music was as much an instantly identifiable reflection of himself as it was a response to the pieces of art, music and life that surrounded him.
His fierce devotion and loyalty to independent music is easily sourced and recognized through the 15 year relationships he cultivated with both the venerable Touch and Go Record label, as well as the now defunct ear X-tacy record shop of Louisville.
As an artist, there was not a single thread of everyday life that Jason could not illustrate without absolute beauty and precision; be it detailed drawings of squirrels smoking cigarettes, alligators embracing, or a face on a gray, unshaped character he aptly named 'THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.' Every scrap receipt, bare forearm or paper menu-back was an eligible target for his Sharpie.
As a friend, he always stepped way beyond what was asked of him, and never anticipated anything in return. His friends will forever attest to his unfailing generosity and thoughtfulness. Somehow, even in his last hours, it is not irrational to think that he considered a Saturday for his last breath, as if to make it more convenient for his loved ones to make arrangements to be by his side.
There is a profound, super-natural energy that surrounds their house in Louisville. It explodes with a creative aura that attracts powerful humans and animals alike. Countless stray dogs have fortunately found their way to Jason and Kristin's side yard, where they would then be treated and cared for until they were adopted into a new home. Then came Miles, a black and white spotted concoction of innumerable breeds, they knew instantly he was to be theirs.
The immeasurable love he shared with his wife Kristin was never more evident than in the 1000 plus days post-diagnosis. Their devotion to one another was a true testament to beauty, commitment, and the healing power of humor and absolute positivity. LOVE WINS. LOVE ALWAYS WINS.
To quote Jason from his website (Public Noise / Private Noise):
"Despite the amazing progress we’ve made toward a more tolerant, pluralistic society, there’s still no shortage of heartbreak and conflict. Perhaps we can take comfort in the fact that someone is out there, creating a song right now to help see us through."
You made those songs, dear brother, and they are certainly helping to see us through.
JM 8 - 6 - 2012
He is survived by his devoted wife Kristin Furnish-Noble and their furry son Miles; parents Jeree and Rod Patterson, Perry and Sharon Noble, and Guy and Denise Furnish; grandparents Mary Patterson and Peggy Noble; brothers Tim, Simon, Jeff, Greg, Kyle, Christian, Edward, Todd, Agostino, and Jonathan; sisters Kerri, Lisa, Tara, Ashley, Lethia, Rachel, Eve, Erin, and Reba Lee; beloved aunts, uncles and cousins; niece Zinnia and superhero Leo.
A gathering in Jason’s honor will be held from 1-4 pm, September 2, 2012 at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street, Louisville, KY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Written Aug 4, 2012 1:38pm
Around 10:15AM this morning Jason went into cardiac arrest for a second time. After 45 minutes of CPR and other heroic measures the NIH staff were unable to get his heart to pump again. Jason passed away just before 11AM surrounded by friends and family. He will be cremated here in Maryland early next week prior to making his final journey back to Kentucky. Plans for a larger gathering to celebrate Jason's life is still in the works but is expected to be at least a few weeks out. Final plans will be posted here.
Written Aug 4, 2012 12:19am
This is Kristin and her brother Simon writing tonight. Jason has taken a turn for the worse and we want to let everyone know what is going on.
Jason is at the NIH in Bethesda, MD taking part in a new clinical trial. The treatment involves genetically modifying his immune system to better target his particular cancer. Part of this therapy involves knocking out his immune system with chemotherapy drugs so that they can reintroduce the modified cells and reboot his system.
Unfortunately, within the last 24 hours, he has contracted a bacterial infection in his blood and lungs and he has little to no immune system to fight back. Jason is now on a type of renal therapy similar to hemodialysis as his kidneys aren't able to keep up. The physicians here are giving him lots of antibiotics and are closely watching his blood pressure, oxygen levels and pH levels in an attempt to keep him stable until his immune system can start being effective, which is likely to take a few more days. He is on a respirator and heavily drugged with sedatives and paralytics to keep him as comfortable as possible. Jason went into cardiac arrest earlier today but was stabilized with CPR and he's improved somewhat since then. They've started him on nitric oxide that seems to have helped bump his oxygen levels. He's stable right now and there is no telling how things will progress from here. He is critically ill and the doctors are doing everything in their power to pull him through this.
Jason’s mom Jeree, Kristin’s parents and brothers, and the indomitable Jeff Mueller have joined Kristin and Jason in Bethesda and more friends are on their way tomorrow.
much love and peace.