Character (verb) – One of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish an individual. A feature used to separate distinguishable things into categories; also: a group or kind so separated (2) the detectable expression of the action of a gene or group of genes.
Reflecting on the definition of “character” listed above and numerous pictures, if ever there was an individual driven by his character my son James Rodney (JR) Tijerina truly demonstrated it. Known as JR to his family and friends in Katy, Texas, but referred as TJ by his military comrades, his unique character defined his life. You might say that he trained for the U.S. Marine Corps all his short-lived life. Driven by his curiosity and desire to meet nature and its inhabitants at eye-level even as a youngster, he did not turn away when the nature of danger beckon him as a teenager and as a young adult. Life to him was simply about choices, in particular making the right choices. He learned valuable life lessons from his older big sister and brother, lessons that ultimately shaped his unique personality. Armed with strong virtues and values, love for God and country, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps shortly after that horrid date of September 11, 2001. But before he left this world, he captured his thoughts and travels leaving behind journals, pictures and a laptop full of videos and pictures. He introduced us to his world with his final right choice leaving behind family, friends and lots of loving memories.