Jake McClain Driver was born February 26, 1983, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a precocious, adorable little boy with an active imagination. As a child, he was extremely intelligent. His creativity and humor were astonishing. He was a great conversationalist and could talk to practically anyone about anything.
Jake was an incredible artist who played amazing guitar, painted, wrote poetry and short essays. He often performed at coffee houses in the Houston area with his friends. One of his favorite memories was a family vacation to New York City where he played Beatles songs at the memorial for John Lennon at Strawberry Fields in Central Park. He immediately created a large crowd of listeners with much applause and appreciation of his guitar skills.
Besides his talent as an artist, he was an entrepreneur who worked on several small businesses, including one to help people get copyrights for their creative works.
Jake was an avid reader of daily newspapers and books, and loved conversations on current topics. He was an amateur radio operator, call sign KC5WXA, who enjoyed building equipment and talking to other hams around the world. He enjoyed attending Theater Under the Stars and other Houston performing arts and making visits with his family to Houston's art and science museums.
Jake was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 14; however, his symptoms began much earlier. He battled his disease for more than a decade before committing suicide at age 26.