When Justin was 23 years old, he was in a tragic auto accident that doctors said he wouldn't survive. But he did! He lived another 23 years with a Traumatic Brain Injury. He had to learn to walk, talk, eat, swallow, money, counting, calendar...just about every life skill he had to relearn. Justin had a strong constitution to relearn these hard skills as some of them were very difficult, such as walking again.
After a year of intensive recovery, Justin's executive functioning had changed. He worked hard at gaining his charisma and sense of humor back. He relied on humor to get him through the toughest times. Over time, Justin's montra was "positivity begets positivity." He was positive and friendly to everyone he met! He made a lot of friends this way. But still Justin continued to have difficulties, some only he knew, some he shared only with close family. He tried to be the best person he could be without complaining. He made the best of his life that he could.
Justin attended LBCC for two years and volunteered at the Albany Soup Kitchen for many years.
Justin's biggest loves were his children!
He is survived by son Joshua Sitton; daughter Jordan Taylor-Brown; his two youngest children, Daisi and Zachery Sitton; mom DeeDee Biegel (and Doug); dad Terry Sitton (and Nancy); siblings Stacey Schilling, Jeff Sitton (and Heather), Chelsie Biegel, adn Talia Davis (and Collin); step-siblings Sam and Jennifer Biegel; step-grandparents Marie and Jim Biegel; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding him in death are his brother, Spencer Biegel, grandparents, Jeannette and Jim Palmer and Helen and Gene Sitton.
Justinwent missing before being found. We would like to thank everyone who helped to search for him, especially the Albany Police Dept, who were so helpful and genuinely caring for Justin and his family during this tragic time.
A Celebration of Life / Memorial for Justin will be 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 8, at Bryant Park in Albany.
Justin will have a private interment with family at Twin Oaks Memorial Garden in Albany. In lieu of flowers, bring food to the memorial or donate to the Albany Soup Kitchen in Justin's name.
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.