Desmond Devon Jimeson Sr.
Meet some people who have given others the beauty of sight.
He was born on
May 14, 1979.
Des, as he was known to his
family, friends, and loved ones, grew up in Hialeah Florida.
He was the youngest of his mother’s four
children, two boys and two girls. His next oldest sibling,
a sister, was Des’s twin.
Anyone who knew Desmond knew how much
his family meant to him: throughout his life, Desmond
was a dedicated son, sibling, father, uncle, cousin and friend.
His family was close knit and unconditionally loving. As an adult,
Des was blessed with four amazing, beautiful, smart, talented
kids of his own: three girls and one boy, whom Des cherished,
adored, and loved dearly.
Desmond was truly one in a million, with a heart of gold.
Everyone who knew him adored his friendly, inspiring,
outspoken personality. At any gathering of family and friends,
Desmond was certain to make sure that everyone ate!
Desmond’s famous dish was hot dogs and baked beans.
He was also the family clown: no family gathering was
complete until Desmond got a laugh out of everyone.
Tall and athletic, Des was a sports enthusiast. Besides
his family, basketball was Desmond’s other passion.
As a teen, Desmond was one of the star players on his
high school basketball team. When he wasn’t spending
time with his kids, Des was on the court “shooting some
hoops.” He excelled at ladder ball, and always made sure
he got a game going during family gatherings. In his free
time, Desmond also enjoyed coaching little league optimist
Desmond’s Christian faith was a big part of his life.
His family remembers his belief in God and his acceptance
of Jesus as his lord and savior. Desmond considered himself
a child of God, who lived according to his beliefs.
Des passed away suddenly, at the young age of 35. Upon
his death, his loving family made the decision to donate his corneas
to Florida Lions Eye Bank. Thanks to Desmond’s generous gift,
and the selflessness of his family, another man in Florida has
regained his eyesight.
Twenty-four members of Desmond’s adoring family showed
up to celebrate the Beauty of Sight at Florida Lions Eye Bank’s
annual donor family memorial event in 2016. His was
the biggest family in attendance: clearly, Des is dearly
loved and deeply missed. His legacy lives on through cornea
In 2014, 23 year old Nicholas Paquette was a student at
Florida Atlantic University who also worked part-time
at a dermatologist's office. “Nick,” as his loved ones
called him, was known as a loyal friend with a witty
sense of humor. He had a passion for cars and martial
arts, and had earned a second-degree black belt in karate.
At the local dojo, where he helped train new students,
he was known as "Sensei Nick.”
Three weeks after his 23rd birthday, Nicholas
Paquette was hit by a car while crossing an intersection
near his home. Although he was rushed to the hospital,
Nick died two days later from his injuries.
At the time of Nick’s accident, his mother,
Lori, did not know that he had registered as
an eye, organ, and tissue donor several years
earlier when he received his driver’s license.
Yet, his family knew that Nick was a giving person
who always helped others, and it gave them
some comfort to know his wishes to be a donor.
Nick’s decision to register as a donor meant that
he was able to save and enhance the lives of seventy
people through eye, organ, and musculoskeletal tissue
donation. Sixty four bone, tissue, and cartilage grafts
have been transplanted into patients, restoring mobility
and vastly improving quality of life. Nick’s heart, liver,
and kidneys saved the lives of four fortunate people
who, at last word, were feeling well and looking forward
to their renewed futures. Finally, Nicholas Paquette’s
choice to become a cornea donor through Florida Lions
Eye Bank restored the beauty of sight to two individuals,
who are enjoying life with clear vision for years to come.
Despite the tragedy of Nick’s death, his decision
to become a donor has been a source of comfort,
encouragement, and pride for his family. Nicholas
Paquette’s generosity has made a powerful impact
upon the lives of so many people, and his loved ones
know that Nick would be happy to have made such
an enormous difference in the world. Florida Lions
Eye Bank is grateful to be a part of Nicholas Paquette’s
legacy to restore the beauty of sight.
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