Idong Okon, a junior student-athlete for the University of Arkansas at Monticello football team, passed away on Sunday, December 6 at midnight after suffering a fatal asthma attack. He was 21.
Originally from Tyler, Texas, Okon transferred to UAM for the 2015 season, but was sidelined for the year with a knee injury during fall training camp. According to UAM head football coach Hud Jackson, Okon was expected to be a vital part of the offensive line during the 2016 season.
“Idong was so much more than a football player,” said Jackson. “He was a tremendous student-athlete, a great friend to his teammates and a leader on and off the field. Idong was a young man who loved his family, friends and teammates. He will be deeply missed, and our program has a huge void because of his passing. We ask Weevil Nation to pray for his family, teammates and coaches, who loved him so much.”
“There are no words to express the feeling of sadness we have as a UAM family right now,” said UAM athletic director Chris Ratcliff. “Losing anyone is tough, but losing someone that is so young with a bright future ahead of them is even tougher. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Idong’s family, friends, teammates and coaches during this difficult time. He is already, and will continue to be sorely missed.”
The funeral service will be held at on December 12, at noon, on College Hill Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1314 Houston Street in Tyler, Texas.
A memorial service will be at Weevil Pond on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus on January 11, 2016 at 6 p.m.