Some Kenai Peninsula residents may remember the 6-foot-7, 370-pound Jaramiah Hundley only as the massive man who worked as a bouncer at Hooligans Lodge and Saloon in Soldotna. But to those close to him, Jaramiah had a larger than life presence, his family said.
“He was light and color and texture in a world that’s usually grey and flat,” said Lisa Hundley, Jaramiah’s mother. “I don’t know how else to put it. That was my son and it amazes me that I got to be his mother because I got to watch that develop.”
Jaramiah was killed in an accident Wednesday when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on the Sterling Highway. He was 23.
Alaska State Troopers are still investigating the accident. Although standard toxicology tests were taken, a troopers spokesperson said there is no extraordinary reason to suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Lisa said she has been overwhelmed by the amount of community support her family has received since her son’s death.
“It’s turned into something huge,” she said. “I didn’t realize how many lives my son had touched.”
An account has been created to benefit Jaramiah’s two daughters — 4-year-old Michelle and 1-year-old Jaracca — at First National Bank of Alaska, number 70571617. Lisa said the money raised will be placed in a trust fund for the girls. In addition, Lisa said friends from the Kenai Peninsula Harley Davidson dealership and Hooligans have been organizing fundraisers and memorials. A celebration of Jaramiah’s life is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kenai Grace Brethren Church.
Lisa said Jaramiah had several passions including mixed martial arts, cage fighting and working as a mechanic.
“If it had wheels and gears, my son was good on it,” she said.
Lisa said her son had his motorcycle license for less than a month before he was killed.
“We learned to wrench our cars together because I was raising a boy and we did boy things,” she said.
Jaramiah was also a standout football player for Nikiski Middle-High School, Lisa said. She added that she would pay him $10 for every sack he had in a game.
“I think it was his sophomore year I paid him $180,” she said. “We were down in Seward, it was raining cats and dogs, he did this big roll through a mud puddle, came up with the ball and was sitting there like ‘How the heck did I get this?’ ... He came back off the line and said, ‘That’s 10 bucks, mom.’"