Jon David Cash

Jon David Cash, 65, of Crossett, died January 24, 2022.

He was born on December 12, 1956 to David Kelly Cash and Hazel LaFaun Hancock Cash. He was a 1975 graduate of Crossett High School.

Following high school, Jon proceeded onto a path of much higher learning. He attained his Bachelor of Arts in History in 1979 with a double major in History and Political Science from the University of Arkansas, a Master of Arts Degree in History in 1983, also from the University of Arkansas, and a Doctorate Degree in United States History in 1995, from the University of Oregon. While still completing his Doctorate Degree, he taught college courses at the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University. He later taught at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, the South Arkansas Community College, and the University of North Georgia.

Jon was the author of two published books. The first book was Before They Were Cardinals, Major League Baseball in Nineteenth-Century St. Louis. This placed him as a finalist for the Seymour Medal awarded annually by the Society for American Baseball Research in 2003. The second book was BOOM and BUST in ST. LOUIS, A Cardinals History, 1885 to the Present. These books merged his two life-long passions, history and baseball. His most recent work, Tales of the Arkansas Frontier, was scheduled to be published in the near future. It contains a collection of historical stories from territorial and early statehood eras of Arkansas history with an opening chapter entitled “Removal of the Quapaw and Osage”.

Jon authored numerous articles which were published in the California History, the Missouri Historical Review, the Arkansas Review, and the Missouri Encyclopedia. He co-authored The 15,000 Slide, a screenplay, that was a finalist for Feature Screenplay at the International Moondance Film Festival in 2006.

One of his proudest moments was to be the special guest of the St. Louis Baseball Historical Society where he threw out the first pitch at the Shepard Barclay Festival, a vintage baseball tournament played by 1860 rules in 2008.

While remaining active in the academic world through writing, Jon worked as a front desk clerk at the America’s Best Value Inn in his hometown of Crossett. He enjoyed the camaraderie he had with the guests and living closer to his family.

At an early age, Jon’s interest in history was evident. He enjoyed reading the family’s World Book Encyclopedia set between first and second grade. From then on, he appointed himself the family vacation planner, selecting many historical sites as points of interest on their trips. Jon enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family. Watching sports and hanging out with his family were Jon’s favorite pastimes. He was a superfan of both the Arkansas Razorbacks and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball.

Jon was a historian, a teacher, an author, an uncle, and a brother, but above all, he was a friend.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Doris Hancock, and Russell and Cordia Cash.

He leaves behind two sisters, Rebecca Godwin of Crossett and Marilyn Harrington (Mike) of Alexander; three nieces, Jennifer Marashi, Julie Snyder, and Melissa Melton; and one nephew, Luke Melton; along with several great-nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and colleagues.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 29, at 3 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in Crossett, with Bro. Donnie Dubose officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 2 p.m.