Odessa Mourns Death of Crash Victim Jason Givens

Odessa Mourns Death of Crash Victim Jason Givens

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Friends, relatives and dozens of motorcycle club members are mourning the death of 41-year-old Jason Givens.

"It seems like everybody in Odessa knew him," said younger sister Marlena Pointer. "We're all going to miss that deep, booming laugh and the way he would help anyone who needed something."

Givens was killed Wednesday night in a crash on FM 1882, approximately one mile north of Odessa. According to Texas Department of Public Safety officials, a semi-trailer truck turned onto the road in front of him and failed to yield, causing Givens to slam into the truck on his motorcycle. The truck driver was not injured, officials told NewsWest 9.

"There's going to be a big hole," his mother, Lorretta Givens Moores, said of his death. "If there was somebody that was hurting, or somebody who needed something, he would do his best to see that they got what they needed."

Moores said a "deep sense of purpose" guided everything her son did, including growing out his signature ponytail.

"He let his hair grow for going on twelve years," she said. "And I asked him one time, 'What do you plan on doing when it reaches a certain stage?'"

He replied that he would donate his hair to non-profit Locks of Love when it reached his knees, Moores said.

Close friend Danielle Chapman called Givens a "lovable goofball."

"He really was just full of trivial, useless information," she said. "But that man really knew everything... And he loved his children. He had two beautiful boys... He was a wonderful father."

Friends have set up a donation account was set up for Givens' family: http://www.gofundme.com/xav54w