Jorge Carlos "JC" Cox, Jr. died Thursday, June 19th 2014 from a sudden illness while visiting lifelong friends in Los Angeles, California. He was 39. Born in Santiago, Chile, JC lived there until he was 17, attending Lincoln International Academy. He moved to Austin, Texas after his junior year of high school, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1993. He studied Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin. During his last semester of study he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Following major neurosurgery, he had to relearn how to swallow, talk, and walk. He permanently lost hearing in...
Jorge Carlos "JC" Cox, Jr. died Thursday, June 19th 2014 from a sudden illness while visiting lifelong friends in Los Angeles, California. He was 39.
Born in Santiago, Chile, JC lived there until he was 17, attending Lincoln International Academy. He moved to Austin, Texas after his junior year of high school, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1993.
He studied Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin. During his last semester of study he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Following major neurosurgery, he had to relearn how to swallow, talk, and walk. He permanently lost hearing in his left ear and the ability to hear in stereo, despite his passion for sound. He had to struggle to decipher speech in noisy environments with only his right ear. He simply took each infinitesimal gain as progress toward his goal of recovery.
After 18 months of aggressive treatment and rehabilitation, and 10 years of follow-up MRIs, he was finally declared essentially cancer-free. Not only did he beat the cancer by surviving, but he also transformed the scope of his life and interests in the process.
Every step of the way Jorge embraced his new quality of life with a renewed spirit of hope, faith, and love. He completed his RTF degree and worked in sound recording for On Hold Exchange, as well as collaborated on several documentary and educational film projects. One of these was a Spanish language video for parents and young children on key steps in preventing illness and furthering health.
JC felt drawn to using his other life experiences to help others, and became a regular volunteer at Dell's Children's Hospital working directly with children through their Child Life department. As a native speaker of English and Spanish, he enjoyed using his bilingual skills to help comfort families and entertain children.
His volunteer work grew increasingly more important to him, and it eventually influenced him to enroll in the Masters program in Child Life Services at Texas State University in San Marcos. All the while he continued to volunteer at Dell, as well as at Austin Child Guidance Center, where he became Volunteer Coordinator.
He received a Masters Degree in Child and Family Studies in May 2013. Jorge was to begin a new job with Child, Inc., as a child development aide, immediately following his trip to California.
JC brought his eager, genuine interest in others to his church family at Abiding Love Lutheran Church. He was an active volunteer in its Children's Ministries program, and served regularly as a sound engineer for services. He was a well-loved volunteer at the Abiding Love Food Pantry. He participated in the Via de Cristo and Kairos Prison Ministries.
JC was also the proud and loving uncle of six nieces and nephews, always willing to play a game or teach them the ways of the Star Wars legacy.
Childhood friends often reflect on JC's "Rambo side" when describing his personality; those who knew him then and now find it surprising that a boy who enjoyed such violent and gory movies and books could be so sweet, kind, and loving, especially to children and cats.
Jorge's passion for movies encompassed their every aspect-from pre-production to the audience exhibition. As a child he would entertain his family with readings of original short stories with Stephen-King-inspired plots, always riveting and with comic twists.
JC is survived by his grandmother Marsha K. Donovan; his father Jorge Cox; mother Laurie Donovan and stepfather Philip Drake; sister Criss Forshay, her husband Greg, and son Raymond Jorge (JC's Godson); sister Marcy Hogan, her husband Zach, and sons Donovan and Quinn; sister Jen Cox; brother, Brian Drake, his wife Laura, and daughters Mira and Ellowyn; sister Lindsey Drake and her daughter Ryan; sisters Kevan Drake, Sara Carswell, and Katie Carswell. He also leaves hosts of aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews both in the US and in Chile.
Jorge is preceded in death by his grandparents Charles J. Donovan, Jorge Cox, and Eugenia Balmaceda de Cox.
He is remembered for his kindness, his patience, his selflessness, and his quirks. JC gave each person his full attention, whether small child or adult, never feeling the need to rush through any interpersonal experience. JC never felt burdened by who he was, and he never expected anybody else to be anyone other than themself. He honored the time to enjoy his hobbies, and embraced life's challenges not as a way to condemn the world, but as a way to love it.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Dell Children's Medical Center, Abiding Love Lutheran Church Children's Ministries, or the Austin Child Guidance Center.
A service to remember and celebrate his life will be held at Abiding Love Lutheran Church, 7210 Brush Country Road, Austin, on Wednesday, June 25th, at 3:00 p.m.