Jake was born in Snyder, Texas, on Oct. 9, 1979, to Donna Ann Sullenger and Billy Jay Sullenger. He was the stepson of Alice Sullenger, and brother to Jeremiah Reece Sullenger and Isaac Donald Sullenger.
Jake was raised in Cody. He graduated from Cody High School in 1998 and joined the Navy the same year. He served with the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 as a fleet Marine force hospital corpsman, for which he received his combat action ribbon, among other awards.
Jake left military service in 2005 after attaining the rank of hospital corpsman 3rd class and returned to Cody, where he became a police officer for a time before moving to Portland, Ore.
Jake, known as “Doc” to the Marines he served with, exemplified the Navy creed, “Honor, Courage, Commitment.” His ability to touch others’ lives, and give his support to his family and friends, is evident from the outpouring of grief and love that has been received following his untimely passing. He was there with a helping hand — and sometimes a swift kick — for his brothers, both military and otherwise, whenever they needed him most. He often could see what others needed and get it done for them, before they even thought to ask.
His strength, compassion and thoughtfulness will be sorely missed.
Jake is survived by his mother, Donna Sullenger; father Bill Sullenger; stepmother Alice Sullenger; and his two brothers, Jeremiah Sullenger and Isaac Sullenger.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 147 Cooper Lane East, in Cody.
Donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.