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In Memory of

Byron Joseph Plapp

November 17, 1989 - March 27, 2015

Obituary


1st Lieutenant Byron Joseph Plapp, age 25, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away on March 27, 2015 after a hard-fought battle with lymphoma.



Byron was born on November 17, 1989 in Jacksonville, FL. He was a passionate swimmer from the age of six, becoming a lifetime letterman and swim team captain at The Bolles School. He graduated from Bolles in 2008, receiving the Student Life Award for extraordinary contribution to the school. After graduation, he served as a Cadet at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York where he completed four more...

1st Lieutenant Byron Joseph Plapp, age 25, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away on March 27, 2015 after a hard-fought battle with lymphoma.



Byron was born on November 17, 1989 in Jacksonville, FL. He was a passionate swimmer from the age of six, becoming a lifetime letterman and swim team captain at The Bolles School. He graduated from Bolles in 2008, receiving the Student Life Award for extraordinary contribution to the school. After graduation, he served as a Cadet at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York where he completed four more years of competitive swimming. He received the BAE Award for Excellence in Photogrammetry as a Junior in 2011 before graduating with a degree in Geospatial Information Systems from West Point in May of 2012. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation, and married his high school sweetheart, Sarah Stough, on June 9, 2012. He continued pursuing his lifelong dream of military service, training to become a helicopter pilot at Fort Rucker, Alabama until his diagnosis with lymphoma. Byron loved to golf and also spent many happy hours working with firearms and honing his marksmanship skills. He was driven by an unwavering faith in his Savior Jesus Christ through the time that he was called home. Byron is survived by his wife Sarah; parents Stephen Plapp and Janet Plapp; sisters Caroline Plapp and Melissa Hwang; brother-in-law Jonathan Hwang and nephew David; grandmother Audrey Pendergrass; and many other loving family members. He is predeceased by his grandparents Francis (CDR,USN Ret.) and Esther Plapp and his grandfather Walter Pendergrass (MAJ, USAF Ret.).



Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m on Monday, March 30, in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 4115 Hendricks Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32207. In celebration of his life, a memorial service for Byron will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, in Christian Family Chapel 10365 Old St. Augustine Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32257. He will be interred at West Point.



In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project ® (WoundedWarriorProject.org) or to Be The Match ® (BeTheMatch.org).



Byron was an incredibly loving husband, son, brother, and friend. He will be dearly missed and his integrity, courage, humor, humility, and generosity will always be remembered.