Life Story / Obituary
Loyal, protective, and pragmatic, Jarett O'Brien lived a life rich in family and friends. Talented and generous, resourceful and determined, witty and wonderful, Jarett was committed to bringing out the best in others while always striving for his own best self. With a signature style and unwavering integrity, Jarett gave 100% in all his endeavors, thus encouraging others to do the same. Revered by many, Jarett will be deeply missed.
1958, the year the microchip was invented, NASA was formed, gas was only .25 cents a gallon, and unemployment was less than 2%. While the Packard ended production, National Airlines began the first passenger flights with the Boeing 707; Billie Holiday and Elvis Presley dominated the radio, and Candid Camera brought laughter to our homes each week. It was truly a time of hope and prosperity. Nowhere did hope reign more clearly than in the hearts and home of John and Darlene O’Brien as they welcomed their son Jarett into their family on March 31st.
Growing up in Detroit during the 60s and 70s, Jarett’s formative years were firmly rooted in family values. While his father worked as a Detroit judge, his mother was a homemaker. Along with his four siblings; Sean, Kevin, Kimberly, and Patrick, Jarett spent a good deal of time outside playing with friends. It was a great neighborhood to grow up in with wonderful families and a lot of kids their ages. With a perpetual drive to be on the move and a naturally social personality, it was often a challenge to get him to come inside.
As a teen, Jarett continued to enjoy being busy. He ran track, played golf, enjoyed water sports, fishing, and cars. He continued to play golf well into his later years. He begrudgingly attended the elite all-boys Detroit De La Salle Collegiate High School until he purposely got expelled his junior year so he could attend Servite Catholic school with his co-ed peers!
After graduating from Servite, Jarett took a few college classes but soon found that he was best suited for a career in sales. Sales afforded Jarett the opportunity to couple his natural desire to be of service with his outgoing personality. His good humor and generosity were only exceeded by his heart-centeredness. Customers and coworkers knew without a doubt that they could count on his integrity and guidance.
Jarett was blessed by fate when he met the love of his life, Jo Adams, at his favorite watering hole. Not only did Jarrett gain a loving companion to share the rest of his life, but he was also gifted the honor of becoming a stepfather to Jo’s children, Michael (Janelle) and Brittni. His blessings further grew by becoming a step-grandfather to Daxton and Delanie who were indeed his heart’s delight. Nothing gave Jarett greater joy than spending time with his family and sharing his love of the outdoors with them.
Whether hanging out with his furry companion, Huxley, finding solace at the cottage in Canada, traveling up north, practicing his putting, or chasing the ball at his favorite golf course, Arcadia Bluffs, Jarett embraced each moment he was given. He was devoted to his Detroit and MSU teams and thoroughly enjoyed relaxing to a good history or cooking show. Meals were sure to find Jarett first with a plate full and often beginning his meal before anyone else had a chance to fill their plate. He knew not to take life too seriously, and his advice was always spot on. Without a doubt, life was better in Jarett’s good company.
Jarett’s love for life, his family, and his friends will long fuel the hearts of all who knew him. Though his absence will prove challenging, may it be a deep comfort to know that whether casting a line, sinking a putt, enjoying the companionship of a pet, or enjoying the gifts of a compelling story, we are carrying his legacy forward in our own lives. In so doing, we keep Jarett’s spirit alive and inspiring others as he has so inspired us.
Jarett B. O’Brien, age 61, passed away April 20, 2019. Beloved longtime partner of Jody and her children and grandchildren Michael (Janelle) and Brittni, Daxton and Delanie. Cherished brother of Sean (Sharon), Kevin (Rhnee), Kimberly (Joseph), and Patrick. Loving uncle to Rourke, Makenzie, Stephanie, Libby, Cullen, Danielle, Connor, Ceili and Donovan. A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, April 27th from 11am-2pm with a memorial service 2 pm, at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home, 30200 Five Mile Road, Livonia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation.