Manassas Journal Messenger | Brentsville grad killed in Fauquier wreck

Jason Heim’s friends will remember his artistic talent, his contagious laugh and his eccentricity.

Heim, a 1998 Brentsville District High School graduate, died in a car accident in Fauquier County on Thursday, his father Martin Heim said.

Jason Heim’s car slid out of control in the ice and snow on Va. 28 between Va. 605 and 606 northeast of Catlett at about 8 p.m., Martin Heim said.

“There’s a slight downgrade in there and apparently the road was nothing but glare ice,” Heim said. “He got sideways in the road and he got T-boned.”

Amber Lucas, one of Heim’s friends, said he was a punk-rocking, role-playing gamer who liked the idea of being a little different.

“He prided himself on that. He was very happy to be eccentric,” Lucas, 23, said.

Lucas said many will remember Heim, 24, from nights at Mike’s Diner, a local hangout that used to be in Manassas.

“Mike’s Diner was one of his favorite places to go. He liked Mike’s Diner because it was a social place,” she said.

Others will remember Heim from the high school band, his father said.

“He was talented. He drew, he played a little guitar,” said Martin Heim, who lives on Carriage Ford Road.

Jason Heim was on his way to meet his friend David Sellors in Midland when he died in the accident.

Sellors said he and Jason Heim were working on a role playing project together.

Heim was helping Sellors write a book, the basis for a game they were creating together.

Sellors, 26, doesn’t know if he’ll be able to finish without Heim’s help

“It’s going to be hard,” he said.

Jason Heim was in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1997 to 2003 where he learned to be a mechanic.

He had recently taken a job at Dudley Martin Chevrolet in Manassas, Martin Heim said.

Martin Heim said his son’s friends were flying in from around the country to attend his son’s funeral Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Price Funeral Home in Manassas.

“He was very much loved by all of his friends,” Sellors said.

Martin Heim and his wife Carol will establish a $10,000 art scholarship at Brentsville high.

Without going into detail, Sellors said Jason Heim was the “bravest, most honorable” man he ever knew.

“He was one of the best friends I’ve had,” Sellors said.

Martin Heim said Jason, “the love of his life,” died too young.

“Twenty-four is too soon,” Martin Heim said.

Staff writer Keith Walker can be reached at (703) 878-8063.

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