Jalen Keaton


Jalen Christopher Keaton, born June 1, 2002 in Columbus, Ohio, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, December 20, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.  Jalen was the son of Bryan Tyrell Keaton and Adrianne Renee Edwards. He was a member of Flintridge Community Church, where he engaged in Youth Ministry for several years as a Jr. Usher and part of Dance Ministry. Jalen accepted Jesus Christ at the age of 10 years old.

He loved to dance, cook, listen to music and enjoy life. He was a very faithful friend; often putting the needs of others above his own.  Jalen started dancing at a very young age as a part of The Chocolate Nutcracker.  By the fourth grade, he joined the Momentum program where he excelled achieving XO status for eXtraOrdinary!  He would go on to land several lead roles for the yearly performances and was even asked to come back to participate once he aged out of the program.  By middle school he was designated as Gifted and Talented in Dance.  Dancing was truly his passion!  Naturally, he matriculated to Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School where he immediately joined the Dance Ensemble, a rare achievement for a male Freshman! He added several more performances to his resume including family reunion entertainment and a dance with his sister Jocelyn in ShadowBox Live STEM Rocks the Box!

When it came to cooking, Jalen would try anything once and make it TASTY!  He often whipped up meals for the family from boxed meal kits that turned out delicious!  He was like an old soul where everybody was eating!  Whoever was at our house, Jalen would make sure they got a plate! He loved to serve in this way.

Jalen was initiated nearly 10 years ago in Henry Sims chapter and served as It Past Master Counselor. He served the state of Ohio as the Past Right Valiant Grand Deputy Counselor of the Most Venerable Grand Chapter Order of Pythagorans

Jalen leaves a vibrant legacy and memories to be cherished by his parents, Bryan Keaton and Adrianne Edwards; his five siblings, James Walker, Manzel Shyheim Sette, Jocelyn Sequoia Marie Edwards, Bryson Jerrell Keaton and Avery James Nathaniel Keaton as well as his two sibling cats, Isaac & Iris.

Jalen’s last call on earth was to answer the prayers of five families through organ donation. His heart, lung, right and left kidney and his liver was successfully matched to others in need. Jalen will forever remain OUR HERO!




In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to Momentum at momentum-excellence.org, or checks can be made payable to Momentum, 538 East Town Street, Suite C, Columbus, OH, 43215.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at MARLAN GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful young man! Jalen was talented in so many ways! I will remember him for his beautiful smile, positive family up bringing and willingness to always say “yes”.
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.
    Rest In Peace Jalen

  2. Adrianne, Bryan, Manzel, Joci, Bryson and Avery-James- please know that I am praying for each of you. Adrianne, my soror, siSTAR, prayer partner and lil sis, you already know what it is! Whatever you need, I’m here. I love you!

  3. i wish we could’ve been closer Jalen. you were always so lively at school man, i feel like if we were closer we somehow could have did something. get you some rest big dawg, if heaven has a guess list, put me on it. we got plenty to catch up on, till we cross paths again.

  4. My prayers are with you all during this difficult time just know me and my family are praying for you peace and comfort to you all

  5. Soror,
    I pray that God continues to wrap you and your family in the comfort of his embrace. He is still on the throne. Condolences to you and your entire family.

  6. Jalen was a very talent and happy young man. Please Know that God is by your side and may you feel His deep tender love with you and the family every moment of everyday. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. Sir. Carrington Melton, PM #7

    My sincere and deepest condolences to the family on your loss of such a wonderful and upstanding young man. May the Lord comfort you all during this time and continue to heal.

  8. Praying for your peace and comfort during this time.
    Love you guys,

  9. LaShaunda Ewing


    I’m praying for you and your family that God peace which surpasses all understanding covers you and that memories and love carry you one day at a time.

  10. Lauren Peterson

    Jalen was a loving, sweet, beautiful soul, a gifted dancer and a loyal friend. All of us at Fort Hayes will miss him and his smile. My deepest condolences to his family. I am keeping you all in my prayers for peace.

  11. To Jalen’s family (including the kitties),

    Jalen’s grit and grace, plus raw talent, led him to become a star Momentum performer. He set the pace for hundreds of students making the many dance rehersals and performances joyful and successful.

    Jalen has gone too soon, leaving us to wonder how he would have helped shape the world.

    Rest in sweet peace, Jalen.

    Monica Kridler
    Founder, Momentum

  12. Terressa L Brown

    May God provide you and your family with strength, courage and peace during this time. My prayers are with you all and I am so Sorry for your loss.
    Ms. Brown

    • Adrianne and Jalen’s family and friends, we offer our love, support and prayers. His legacy of talent and individuality will forever be present in our thoughts and our hearts. Love, Yvonne Cherell

  13. Forever in my heart. You had the biggest smile all the time. You are always family because we are “Fort Family”. See you one day in Heaven. God speed sweet boy!

  14. Adrianne,
    We are keeping you and your family in our prayers. My GOD provide comfort, peace, and grace during this difficult time.
    Cyamiah and Victor Peoples

  15. Praying for comfort and peace during this time. May God continue to provide you grace and strength. May He wrap His everlasting arms around you and your family.

    Jalens smile will be missed, but will always be shining down on you.

  16. My Condolences sorry for your loss. God Bless

  17. My sincere condolences to you and Brian. Praying for comfort for your family.

  18. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  19. This broke me into pieces but I know Jalen is in a better place. God bless you and your family. Please let me know if you need anything. I love and miss you all very much.


  20. My sincere condolences to the Keaton/Edwards Family during this time of sorrow.

  21. Michelle Jordan

    I had the pleasure of babysitting Jalen, Bryson, and Avery-James once. Jalen was a smiling, joyous, unbothered old soul, laughing at his brothers mischief (and probably my exhaustion). But he was SO sweet, I still remember it to this day. If from that small moment he brought so much joy to my life, I can only image the imprint he has left on this world.

    My deepest condolences.

  22. I didn’t know Jalen, but my daughter did from Fort Hayes. She showed me a short video Clip she had taken of him and it made me so heart broken for him and your family. Lots of hugs to all of you and RIP Jalen.

  23. My condolences to the Edwards/Keaton Family on the loss. Sending prayers and comfort in your time of grieving.

  24. Adrienne and family you are in my prayers. May God help wonderful memories of your son and brother surface often. A well lived life of love and family. We are crying out to the Lord to comfort and support you. God bless and keep you.

  25. Keaton and Edwards family,
    I am praying for you all, constantly. May God continue to be near each of you, and may He put His loving arms of comfort around your family at this time. May you all continue to draw near to Christ for your strength during this time as well. Jalen will be greatly missed, but his memory will forever be dear to our hearts, and a true inspiration to us all! I love you all very very much.
    Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace”.
    Rest peacefully, Jalen.

  26. May God’s comfort embrace you all through this time of grief. Praying for you all the His strength will carry you through this.

  27. To my Soror Adrienne and family, my sincere condolences on the loss of your Angel! I will continue to pray for all of you, and may God continue to strengthen you in the days to come! Love you!

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