Varghese, Jacob

Jacob Varghese

June 30, 1978 - December 29, 2021


It is with great pain that I relay the funeral details for my brother, Jake Varghese (06.30.78 - 12.29.21). Due to the pandemic, the safety of our family, and of yours, we ask that you please respect our restrictions. We wish we could cry on the shoulder of our families, swap stories with his friends, and hear in person tributes from his colleagues. Unfortunately, this is not our current reality. He would want to protect all of us.

Viewing (Open to All)

  • Please join us in paying your respects one last time. To prevent congregating indoors, there are no planned prayers, songs, or tributes. Masks required
  • Date: Sunday, January 16th, 2022
  • Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM (CST)
  • Location: St. Mary's Orthodox Church of India - 1080 W Jackson Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006

Funeral Service (Family Only)

  • With faith in Christ and hope in the resurrection, this liturgical service will be conducted for our family only in person. All are welcome to participate via live stream. My eulogy will be conducted as well. Masks required
  • Date: Monday, January 17th, 2022
  • Time: 10:00AM - 11:00AM (CST)
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Interment (Open to All)

  • Please join us for the final burial. This will be outdoors and provided via live stream. Masks required
  • Date: Monday, January 17th, 2022
  • Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM (CST)
  • Location: Turrentine Jackson Morrow Funeral Home - 2525 N Central Expy, Allen, TX 75013
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Mr. Jacob (Jake) Varghese was born on June 30, 1978 to Isac Jo Varghese and Pennamma Varghese in Chicago, Illinois. He became an older brother to Mathew Varghese in 1982. His family moved to Dallas, TX in 1985. Jake graduated from West Mesquite High School in 1996 and completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002. While in college, along with 17 other friends, he created Delta Epsilon Psi, now one of the largest south asian fraternities in the nation at over 30 colleges. He was also renowned for being one of the best DJs that Austin had to offer.

Jake moved back to Dallas in 2012 after the passing of his father. In that same year, he gained a sister, Merin Varghese. He rededicated himself to family, became an uncle to Elias Jo Varghese in 2017 and Isaac George Varghese in 2018. He loved his nephews deeply.

In 2019, he moved near San Francisco to immerse himself in the tech industry. Not only did he work full-time at a tech company, he became a tireless activist, committed to do everything in his abilities to make this world a more just, sustainable, liveable place, always thinking about the poorest and most excluded in our society first. He focused his energy on affordable housing, practical actions to reduce the crisis of homelessness. He was an idealist, optimist, and pragmatist all at the same time. He coded, drafted policies, organized public town halls, served on the board of the local public radio station, and was instrumental in advancing public banking in the Bay Area. He lived by the Golden Rule, inspired that it was incumbent on us, as humans with free will, to make Heaven on Earth.

Jake passed away on December 29, 2021 from a heart attack. May we continue in his absence and in every decision, every action, every moment, ask ourselves - Am I doing unto others what I would want done unto me? That’s how we change the world.


How do you measure a life well lived? As I reflect upon my brother’s life, hear tribute after tribute from his family, friends, colleagues, and fellow activists, it’s dawning on me that none of us got all of Jake. He shared himself freely, different pieces at different times with different people. I’m thankful for that. The void is inexplicable. How many more people would he have impacted? How will my kids be shaped in his absence?

The real question is, how would Jake measure his own life? At his core, he was his father’s son. I’ll leave you all with his tribute to my father, a true measuring stick. I believe each of us would nod our heads in agreement, yes it was far too short, but a life well lived.

A Letter to My Father My Brother/Son/Relative/Friend

Hi Dad Jake,

Thanks for being there when we needed you.

Thanks for teaching us everything we needed to know and then teaching us more.

Thanks for teaching us to always look for the simple solution, because it will always be the best solution.

Thanks for teaching us that stupidity and arrogance is the most dangerous combination.

Thanks for teaching us that intelligence without compassion is useless and can be just as dangerous.

Thanks for teaching us that wealth and power are meaningless by themselves and that the true measure of a man is how they use their wealth and power.

Thanks for teaching us to be generous in the good times and patient in the bad times.

Thanks for teaching us how to see the world; not as it is, but how it could be.

Thanks for teaching us to laugh at ourselves.

Thanks for teaching us about Jesus.

Thanks for teaching us how to be kind.

Thanks for teaching us how to help.

Thanks for teaching us how to forgive.

Thanks for teaching us how to be generous.

Thanks for teaching us how to fight injustice.

Thanks for helping us realize that the underlying principle behind all your lessons was simple: be compassionate.

I promise we will use your knowledge only to help.

We will miss you Dad Jake.

--jake Me

Bible Verse

“Do to others as you would have them do to you” -Luke 6:31

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Heartfelt condolences and prayers. 
BIJU MATHEWS , January 17, 2022 Heartfelt condolences and prayers. Alex Thomas & Susan Alex, January 16, 2022 RIP, we will miss you!
Rakesh Patel, January 16, 2022 My condolences to the Vargese family. Jake was a passionate, talented, and hard-working man. As a volunteer, he built the backend of OptOut, our independent media app coordinated through the Progressive Coders Network. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with Jake, and all of us at OptOut will sorely miss him. I wish I’d had more time to get to know Jake. It’s a tragic loss. We at OptOut will do our very best to honor Jake as we move forward—by living up to his values and his desire for equality through affordable housing, socialized medicine, fighting political corruption, and more. Thank you, Jake, for all you did on this earth. We’ll miss you. Alex Kotch, January 16, 2022 So hurt and sorry to hear about Jake departing the world. I still remember him from the high school days, and he was an inspiration. No words to express. Prayers for all of you. Sherwin Abraham, January 16, 2022 We love you Jake…. Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories. Shaun and Cristina, January 16, 2022 I was extremely saddened by the news of Jake. However I will always remember his smile and laugh. Though he was older than me he always treated me with respect and looked out for me. He will be dearly missed but we rest easy knowing his soul is with our great and amazing Lord. Thank you Jake for the lasting memories and the impact you had to everyone here in this life. May your soul Rest In Peace and Memory Eternal! Jibu Williams, January 15, 2022 I’m so sorry for your loss. Jake was such a compassionate, loving, intelligent person that left his mark anywhere he went. He is looking down on us and guiding us. May he Rest In Peace. Mayur Patel, January 15, 2022 I want to share condolences with the Varghese close and extended family. As a Public Bank East Bay board member, I have enjoyed serving with Jake for the last two years. Jake always displayed passion, enthusiasm, creativity, and conviction of purpose despite our challenges to make the public bank a full-fledged reality. Jake displayed an indomitable spirit of love for democratizing access to capital for the people and gave hundreds of hours of his time to the cause. Jake's passing is a significant loss to the PBEB family, countless others whose lives he touched and uplifted, and the world more broadly. Rest assured that Jake's spirit will live on in all those he shared time. May his family and friends find comfort in this time of need and mourning. Rest in eternal peace, Jake, and save a spot for us wherever you may be. I look forward to sharing some laughs and friendly barbs with you when the time comes to join you. Your friend, Brian Brian McKeown, January 15, 2022 Our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Pennamma Aunty and family. May Jake’s Soul Peacefully Rest with our Lord Jesus Christ. Sending lot of hugs and prayers.
Reji George, January 15, 2022 I miss you so much Jake. You were so committed, passionate and you had the crazy mad skills to execute on all our plans and efforts to make our world better. Most importantly, you always had our backs…always…and that’s rare. Rest in power my friend. Susana Williams, January 15, 2022 I am so sorry to hear that Jake passed away. My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. Jake was such a great guy with a big heart and always went the extra mile to help everyone. The world definitely lost a great person and will be deeply missed.
Shelby Mathew, January 15, 2022 Condolences from Kadathethu family, Thumpmon, India. Roy Varghese , January 15, 2022 Wish we had more time together Jake. In our revolution-you contributed so much and your spirit will be missed but remembered and built upon. Your comrade --Wakean
Wakean Maclean, January 14, 2022