Uptain remembered today as community works through grief

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The Jackson Hole Classical Academy shared a touching moment from its opening ceremony Monday morning after learning of the Mark Uptain. He and his wife, Sarah, have three kids attending the school.

After a prayerful moment, school officials were pleasantly surprised to be able to invite the Imani Milele Children from Uganda to sing “Draw the Circle Wide” for the students at the school. The group was on their way out of Jackson after appearing at another function and learned of the tragedy. They volunteered to visit JHCA before they had to leave in order to help lift spirits there.

“They are all orphaned and understand loss and grief, and they brought us joy. It was a very, very special moment that uplifted our spirits at the perfect time,” said Head of School Polly Friess.

Services for Mark Uptain are today, Wednesday, September 19, 11am at First Baptist Church located at 90 West Kelly in Jackson. A reception with light food will follow. Parking is expected to be limited so please try to carpool.

How to give

Mark Uptain

Donations for the Uptain family can be made through First Baptist Church. Checks can be written to First Baptist Church with “Uptain Family” in the memo line and leave them at the church.

Donations are also being accepted any of the First Interstate Bank locations in Jackson.

For those interested in helping with tuition costs for the Uptain family (three of the Uptain kids—Kirsten, Benjamin, and Morgan—attend the Jackson Hole Classical Academy) a Benevolence Fund has been set up through First Baptist Church, and the funds will pay for the childrens’ education.  Donations specified “Uptain Tuition” will be matched by the school’s benefactors.

Funds are also being raised through a GoFundMe account. To date, 1,405 people have given $143,488.

A Signup list has also been set up to help the family directly with food and other needs.

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