Zain Matthew Justis
2003 - 2021
Straub's Funeral Home & Columbia River Cremation
325 NE 3rd Ave.
Camas, WA

September 5, 2003 ˜ September
29, 2021

It is with unimaginable sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved son Zain Matthew Justis. Zain passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and embraced with love Sept. 29, 2021, at the age of 18. Zain was born Sept. 5, 2003, to parents Matthew Justis and Linnea (Ackerman) Justis of Washougal, WA.
Zain battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma with fierce determination not to allow his disease to define him. He faced the uncertainties of his battle with a level of courage and maturity that amazed us daily and will inspire us perpetually. He was a warrior in the truest sense.
Zain loved fishing, playing basketball, going on drives to nowhere in particular and all of his pets, but mostly his two cats. He was a picky eater but loved blue cheese. He was a cautious daredevil. He loved his job at Chuck’s Produce, albeit only for a short time, and would regularly drop by to check in between treatments.
Zain was a loyal friend. He stayed close with a core group of friends, many of whom he’d known since birth. In his final days, his greatest joy came from marrying his longtime girlfriend Amy. That day was proof that perfect doesn’t need planning. Beauty in simplicity and simply beautiful.
Zain proved that the only things necessary to live a life fulfilled was to fill your life with friends, family and love.
Zain is survived by his wife, Amy (Benson) Justis; parents, Matthew and Linnea (Ackerman) Justis; his brother, Barrett; his paternal grandparents, Bryant and Susan Justis of Tucson, AZ; his paternal aunt and uncle, Amy and Charles Weier; and cousins, Elliot and Caroline of Minneapolis, MN; his maternal grandparents, Kenneth Ackerman, Connie Collins and Tom Simmons; and his maternal uncle, Heath Benard of Hammond, LA.
Anyone who knew Zain or was impacted by his story are welcome to attend a celebration of his life to be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Washougal High School Gymnasium at 12:00. A graveside service at the Washougal Cemetery and reception at Klopman Farms (40910 SE 30th St. Washougal) immediately following. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Make a Wish-Oregon Chapter ( Please contact Straub’s Funeral Home in Camas, WA, for more detailed service information.
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Published by The Columbian on Oct. 10, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
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Thinking of all of you today as we celebrate the life of Zain and mourn the loss of his presence on Earth. You will be reunited someday. May you remember his spirit and joy until then.
Sandy Sequeira
October 23, 2021
Thinking of you all during this time. May the wonderful memories of Zain carry you through today and always. Love and Prayers Greg, Kim and Kids
The Hiatt Family
October 21, 2021
We met Zain through his dad. He was looking for way to "support" his car. We were making a move to South Carolina and needed help. Zain was there to fill that need and what a BIG HELP he was! It was serendipitous. An immediate connection between a young man almost 16 years old and 2 "old people" ( we say that in a lightly manor). H was so beyond his years-responsible, witty, kind and just an honest interest being around us. We would have conversations about fishing, life and other dimensional worldly planes. Even though the job was short lived, we made our way to be closer to family in the South, but Zain still stayed connected with us. How many 15 year olds do that? To the very end of his last days he texted us that he missed, loved and appreciated US. We get goose bumps. Just an amazing young man that had a zest for life and people. Forever in our hearts. We are sure he held his head high until the end showing us what it looks like to finish strong. Peace to all. We love you Zain and know you are watching over your family.
Lori and Scott Bock
October 18, 2021
Our hearts are broken for the loss of Zain. In loving memory and support to the Justis family.
Chuck, Rachel and Luke
October 17, 2021
From all our family in loving memory or your dear son Zain Justis
Maria and scott creager and Margaret and Frank akers
October 14, 2021
Zain, I did not get to spend a lot time getting to know you but, I know how much your parents loved and cherished you. May you find rest in God´s hands and may your family have His peace, peace beyond understanding
Dr Scot
October 13, 2021
Praying for Gods comforting arms to be around your entire family. My heart has been breaking for your family as I´ve been praying over the past year of knowing. Even tho we didn´t know him personally, it sounds like he left a wonderful legacy here on earth.
Jolene & Bryan Bollman
October 12, 2021
Will always remember your joy for life. Thank you!
Brenda Hitchins
October 11, 2021
We have watched Zain and your family battle this disease with brave strength, dignity and love. We are honored to be amongst those that had the pleasure to be touched by his life. Zain was an inspiration to us all and he will be missed.
Bedont Orthodontics
October 11, 2021
We made this donation out of love and respect for your family. We pray for you to receive comfort during this difficult time and hope that this donation will help others to overcome this awful disease.
Micki Simeone
October 10, 2021
I cannot even begin to imagine the pain of losing a son. May Zain no longer be in pain and remain in your hearts forever. I am sending so much love your way...
Sebrina Francis
October 10, 2021
I´m so sorry for the loss of Zain. He will Live forever in your heart and Memories. He fought the cancer battle Courageously and often with a smile on his face. Love you and your family.
Debbie Sciarretta
October 10, 2021
Zain was and will always be a shining star. We are incredibly sorry for your loss. May he rest in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
Leo, Patty, Leah and Juny Mendoza
October 10, 2021
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