Taj Sareen Memorial Fund: For Jade

$76,820 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 935 people in 31 months
On October 21 we all lost an amazing man/son/father/marine and most of all a hero.

Everyone looks for ways to help.  In lieu of sending flowers this is a way to reach direct to his beauutiful daughter Jade.  These funds may go to  college or perhaps as Taj would love, her first car.

As important, this is to also serve as a way for people to tell Jade about the amazing man her father was. To teach her about his incredible character and allow his story to live on thru her. Please donate or share with her. Thank you ahead of time and Jade I hope this opens your heart to meet your father the way we knew him.  

Please don't feel pressure to donate.  You  may utilize Facebook to leave any comments or stories you would like to pass her as well.   

My name is Annie Driscoll and I have known Taj since 2005 from our glorious pilot training days.   100% of the funds will be Jade's and the family will set a trust fund for her until she is ready to recieve this amazing gift. Please feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns.  

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Lindsey Suzanne Collins
31 months ago

First of all, I can not express enough gratitude for even setting this page up. Jade is such a beautifully blessed little girl. I hate that she will be growing up without her father, but I know we will have so so so many stories. For her over the years. Thank you everyone for the love and support you've shown already. I am utterly overwhelmed. Nothing will bring back my daughter's daddy, but we can help her know the incredible man he was. Thank you.

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Dennis Day
31 months ago

The plane Taj was flying that day came down in my brother in laws field just missing his large store sheds where he and his son were working, they were the ones who contacted the emergency services.God bless Taj who maybe steered his plane away and saved at least two lives maybe more. If somehow you can let his family know of his selfless actions that day,god bless Taj.

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Aiden McEntire
26 months ago
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This message is for the family of Taj Sareen. Exactly 5 months ago, I was serving in the nation of Qatar. My job was to transport important personnel to Doha International Airport. The name Maj Sareen came up on my computer screen and like I always did, prepared for the pickup on Al Udeid Air Base and subsequent transport. As it turned out, Maj Sareen had completed his tour of duty and was on his way home. I was jealous, but would be leaving for home myself a week later. I always tried to engage in interesting conversation with my passengers. Maj Sareen, I could tell from the start was everything a Marine should be. He was smart, physically fit, keen sense of awareness. (He even looked like a model) I couldn't believe one person could contain that many good qualities. Our conversation started off on economic theory. I asked him if he found Hyakian economics to be sufficient for bringing a country out of recession. He said that such economic theories in theory were great, but had to be scrutinized by the reality of the situation. The conversation gradually slipped into physical fitness. Myself and my co-driver were explaining that we would like to look our best for our families when we returned. He recommended going on a special diet a couple weeks before returning home. He said we should avoid fats and sugars in all forms. He said that we would get headaches and that we would need to drink sufficient water to stay healthy. He mentioned that our bodies would go into something called ketosis that would make our physique more appealing. He said it worked for him when he dressed up as a Native American for Halloween which permitted him going shirtless. I was convinced and told him that I would try his diet plan since I was about to go home shortly. At that moment, we arrived at the airport. He got out of the vehicle and said "If you ever need anything, give me a call." It was very nice of him to say being that I had only known him for an hour. I watched him go into the airport. I was the last Marine to see him alive in Qatar. I heard shortly thereafter about the tragedy. I was in unbelief that somebody like him could actually be taken from a world that needs more men like him. I had only known him for one hour and the impression he left was for life. I have felt after these months that it was time to share my memory which is shared by only one other person. I hope that this memory brings him back to you, if even for a small moment. Sgt McEntire USMC

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Michael Einbinder
31 months ago
2
2

We were waiting to depart Lossiemouth after an exercise the day it happened and wondered what was going on when the rest landed. Now we hear why he stayed in the cockpit. My daughter is not quite a year old; I would hope I could have the same courage to do what he did, that she would have as much cause to remember me as a man who knew how to put others first. Semper Fi Major.

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Fred Pirone
31 months ago
2
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The universe has a way to tell you things. I stumbled across this sad news about Taj. I taught him chemistry in high school. I remember he always talked about fighter jets and cars and was truly a wonderful student. I knew eventually he became a fighter pilot and was so very proud that he followed his passion. I am greatly saddened to be reading this news about Taj. I apologize I am at a loss for words

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Mike Thiebaud
31 months ago
1
1

Semper Fidelis Brother. RIP We have the watch now!

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Ulka Agarwal
31 months ago
1
1

Dear Taj, I hope you are enjoying a vegetarian sandwich like the ones you used to request from my Mom! :-) I have such great memories of you. I have learned so many great lessons from your kindness, generosity, and brave service to our country. The world has lost a shining star. Rest easy.

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Nathan Rice
31 months ago
1
1

I wasn't very close with Taj, but we spoke with each other from time to time, in passing, in our building in California. He was always quick to ask how my day was going, or how I was doing. Really a genuine, stand up guy. I am sorry for your loss. It won't be an easy road, but if you're like Taj, you'll be strong enough.. Best wishes.

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Andrew Cardwell
31 months ago
1
1

From all those in the Ely/CAMBS area we wish you strength at this terrible time.

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Nelson Valenzuela
31 months ago
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Please excuse my voice to text correction. Sempre Fi Marine. Rest in peace.

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William Chisholm
31 months ago

I shared this with one of the main UK military aviation FB groups, Fighter Control that I'm a member of and expect that many will become involved in this excellent fundraiser. Good luck with the collection and please accept my heartfelt thoughts to Taj's family, friends & USMC colleagues, Semper Fi.

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Kimberly Olson
4 months ago

I am sorry to hear about the family's loss. It is something that we hear often and it is upsetting. We often ask so many questions and that is what this little girl will be doing so when she comes of age: It will start off as...why? It is hard to answer and to find the right words to say and that is when we turn to scriptures to do the comforting for us because God is the giver of life. We can find also find the answers to those questions such as Will we see him again? A promise at John 5:28, 29 "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out..." It is a promise from Jehovah God that she will for her father will hear Jesus voice to come out. It says here at Revelation 21:3,4 that death will be no more. Is it a heavenly hope? No it is earthly for he says at Psalm 37:10,11 & 29 that the meek will inherit the EARTH and LIVE FOREVER upon IT. Please teach her the bible so she can hold onto that hope. I wish all of you the best.

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Sara Hermann
31 months ago

Very sad to hear about the tragic end to Major Taj Sareen's life. His kind and informative response to my questions about the Red Devils at the El Centro Airshow earlier this year was one of my personal highlights of the event that will always stay with me. My heartfelt condolences to his fellow airmen at MCAS Miramar and elsewhere, his family, and friends.

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Stacey Reynolds
31 months ago

God bless this Marine and may the guardian angels watch over his daughter and wife. Semper Fidelis from the Reynolds family.

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Ian Rumbellow
31 months ago

I had the very great pleasure of meeting Taj at El Centro Airshow back in March this year, he was more than happy to chat to us Brits who were sweltering in the California sunshine as he stood next to the "01" jet under the sunshades there. Told us a few tales about his flying career, his love of his job and his imminent deployment to the Middle East. Such a terrible loss, my thoughts are with all his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time, a true gent .... God Speed Major Sareen.

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$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
KH
$100
Khristine Holterman
5 months ago

Thank you for your bravery and service.

TS
$50
Thomas Swartz
7 months ago

God Bless

$50
Anonymous
7 months ago
JJ
$100
J J
9 months ago

I did not know you Taj, but you were very near and dear to a friend of mine. Likewise, I will always support a fellow military man. I wish your daughter the brightest of futures.

$50
Anonymous
10 months ago
$52
Dheeraj Bhasin
10 months ago

Much respect from a British fighter pilot.

EK
$100
Elizabeth Kuykendall
12 months ago

Thinking of you Taj ❤️ The Kuykendalls

Lindsey Suzanne Collins
31 months ago

First of all, I can not express enough gratitude for even setting this page up. Jade is such a beautifully blessed little girl. I hate that she will be growing up without her father, but I know we will have so so so many stories. For her over the years. Thank you everyone for the love and support you've shown already. I am utterly overwhelmed. Nothing will bring back my daughter's daddy, but we can help her know the incredible man he was. Thank you.

+ Read More
Dennis Day
31 months ago

The plane Taj was flying that day came down in my brother in laws field just missing his large store sheds where he and his son were working, they were the ones who contacted the emergency services.God bless Taj who maybe steered his plane away and saved at least two lives maybe more. If somehow you can let his family know of his selfless actions that day,god bless Taj.

+ Read More
Aiden McEntire
26 months ago
3
3

This message is for the family of Taj Sareen. Exactly 5 months ago, I was serving in the nation of Qatar. My job was to transport important personnel to Doha International Airport. The name Maj Sareen came up on my computer screen and like I always did, prepared for the pickup on Al Udeid Air Base and subsequent transport. As it turned out, Maj Sareen had completed his tour of duty and was on his way home. I was jealous, but would be leaving for home myself a week later. I always tried to engage in interesting conversation with my passengers. Maj Sareen, I could tell from the start was everything a Marine should be. He was smart, physically fit, keen sense of awareness. (He even looked like a model) I couldn't believe one person could contain that many good qualities. Our conversation started off on economic theory. I asked him if he found Hyakian economics to be sufficient for bringing a country out of recession. He said that such economic theories in theory were great, but had to be scrutinized by the reality of the situation. The conversation gradually slipped into physical fitness. Myself and my co-driver were explaining that we would like to look our best for our families when we returned. He recommended going on a special diet a couple weeks before returning home. He said we should avoid fats and sugars in all forms. He said that we would get headaches and that we would need to drink sufficient water to stay healthy. He mentioned that our bodies would go into something called ketosis that would make our physique more appealing. He said it worked for him when he dressed up as a Native American for Halloween which permitted him going shirtless. I was convinced and told him that I would try his diet plan since I was about to go home shortly. At that moment, we arrived at the airport. He got out of the vehicle and said "If you ever need anything, give me a call." It was very nice of him to say being that I had only known him for an hour. I watched him go into the airport. I was the last Marine to see him alive in Qatar. I heard shortly thereafter about the tragedy. I was in unbelief that somebody like him could actually be taken from a world that needs more men like him. I had only known him for one hour and the impression he left was for life. I have felt after these months that it was time to share my memory which is shared by only one other person. I hope that this memory brings him back to you, if even for a small moment. Sgt McEntire USMC

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Michael Einbinder
31 months ago
2
2

We were waiting to depart Lossiemouth after an exercise the day it happened and wondered what was going on when the rest landed. Now we hear why he stayed in the cockpit. My daughter is not quite a year old; I would hope I could have the same courage to do what he did, that she would have as much cause to remember me as a man who knew how to put others first. Semper Fi Major.

+ Read More
Fred Pirone
31 months ago
2
2

The universe has a way to tell you things. I stumbled across this sad news about Taj. I taught him chemistry in high school. I remember he always talked about fighter jets and cars and was truly a wonderful student. I knew eventually he became a fighter pilot and was so very proud that he followed his passion. I am greatly saddened to be reading this news about Taj. I apologize I am at a loss for words

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Mike Thiebaud
31 months ago
1
1

Semper Fidelis Brother. RIP We have the watch now!

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UA
Ulka Agarwal
31 months ago
1
1

Dear Taj, I hope you are enjoying a vegetarian sandwich like the ones you used to request from my Mom! :-) I have such great memories of you. I have learned so many great lessons from your kindness, generosity, and brave service to our country. The world has lost a shining star. Rest easy.

+ Read More
Nathan Rice
31 months ago
1
1

I wasn't very close with Taj, but we spoke with each other from time to time, in passing, in our building in California. He was always quick to ask how my day was going, or how I was doing. Really a genuine, stand up guy. I am sorry for your loss. It won't be an easy road, but if you're like Taj, you'll be strong enough.. Best wishes.

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Andrew Cardwell
31 months ago
1
1

From all those in the Ely/CAMBS area we wish you strength at this terrible time.

+ Read More
Nelson Valenzuela
31 months ago
1
1

Please excuse my voice to text correction. Sempre Fi Marine. Rest in peace.

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William Chisholm
31 months ago

I shared this with one of the main UK military aviation FB groups, Fighter Control that I'm a member of and expect that many will become involved in this excellent fundraiser. Good luck with the collection and please accept my heartfelt thoughts to Taj's family, friends & USMC colleagues, Semper Fi.

+ Read More
Kimberly Olson
4 months ago

I am sorry to hear about the family's loss. It is something that we hear often and it is upsetting. We often ask so many questions and that is what this little girl will be doing so when she comes of age: It will start off as...why? It is hard to answer and to find the right words to say and that is when we turn to scriptures to do the comforting for us because God is the giver of life. We can find also find the answers to those questions such as Will we see him again? A promise at John 5:28, 29 "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out..." It is a promise from Jehovah God that she will for her father will hear Jesus voice to come out. It says here at Revelation 21:3,4 that death will be no more. Is it a heavenly hope? No it is earthly for he says at Psalm 37:10,11 & 29 that the meek will inherit the EARTH and LIVE FOREVER upon IT. Please teach her the bible so she can hold onto that hope. I wish all of you the best.

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Sara Hermann
31 months ago

Very sad to hear about the tragic end to Major Taj Sareen's life. His kind and informative response to my questions about the Red Devils at the El Centro Airshow earlier this year was one of my personal highlights of the event that will always stay with me. My heartfelt condolences to his fellow airmen at MCAS Miramar and elsewhere, his family, and friends.

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Stacey Reynolds
31 months ago

God bless this Marine and may the guardian angels watch over his daughter and wife. Semper Fidelis from the Reynolds family.

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Ian Rumbellow
31 months ago

I had the very great pleasure of meeting Taj at El Centro Airshow back in March this year, he was more than happy to chat to us Brits who were sweltering in the California sunshine as he stood next to the "01" jet under the sunshades there. Told us a few tales about his flying career, his love of his job and his imminent deployment to the Middle East. Such a terrible loss, my thoughts are with all his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time, a true gent .... God Speed Major Sareen.

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