Sunday 17 December 2017

Jason Corbett: a hardworking dad from a tight-knit Limerick family

Jason Corbett was found dead in his home in North Carolina
Jason Corbett was found dead in his home in North Carolina
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Jason Corbett was brought up in Janesboro in Limerick to a hard-working and tight-knit family.

A sports fanatic, he was devoted to Limerick GAA and was also a huge rugby, soccer and golf fan.

Jason was also exceptionally close to his seven siblings, sisters Tracey and Marilyn as well as his brothers, Wayne, Chris, Stephen, Michael and John.

A keen music fan, Jason was also noted for singing at local events and parties in Limerick.

Molly Martens Corbett arrives at the Davidson County Courthouse where she is on trial with her father Thomas Martens for the second degree murder of her husband Jason Corbett. Picture: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch
Molly Martens Corbett arrives at the Davidson County Courthouse where she is on trial with her father Thomas Martens for the second degree murder of her husband Jason Corbett. Picture: Donnie Roberts/The Dispatch

Country music was his particular favourite with Garth Brooks one of the artists he liked most.

He attended the Our Lady Queen of Peace national school and met Margaret 'Mags' Fitzpatrick while in his early 20s.

Mags ran a crèche in Raheen with her best friend, Lynn Shanahan, who had introduced the pair at a party in Limerick.

Jason and Mags quickly became an item, got engaged and married.

Jason Corbett with his wife Molly, who is charged with his second degree murder
Jason Corbett with his wife Molly, who is charged with his second degree murder

The young Limerickman got a job as an executive with a specialist packaging company, MPS,  and the couple welcomed their first child, a baby boy, in 2004.

A little girl was born in 2006.

Tragically, Jason lost Mags to a fatal asthma attack in November 2006 when his little girl was aged just three months.

Friends revealed the young man - who was aged just 30 - was devastated by the loss of his wife and the shattering of his young family.

Molly Martens and Jason Corbett met in the US after he employed her as an au pair to care for his children
Molly Martens and Jason Corbett met in the US after he employed her as an au pair to care for his children

His sister Tracey helped by taking care of his children while he was at work.

In a bid to juggle the demands of parenting two young children and his job, he was advised to seek help by hiring a nanny or au pair.

Molly Martens, a young woman from Tennessee in the United States, replied to the advert and he first met her in 2008.

She got the job and, some time later, a relationship developed between her and Jason.

They got engaged and married in 2011.

By 2012, Ms Martens-Corbett complained of feeling homesick and expressed a desire to move back to the US.

Jason agreed and, in a bid to start a new life, relocated his family to the US after his employers agreed to transfer him to plant they operated at Lexington in North Carolina, roughly four hours drive from her family home in Knoxville in Tennessee.

The husband, wife and two children moved into a $390,000 home at Panther Creek in a luxurious gated residential community at the Meadowlands, north of Davidson County.

Jason also gave his wife $80,000 to furnish the property.

The Irishman got involved in a local soccer league with neighbours and was also a keen golfer.

Irish ex-pats hailed his kindness and how he would go out of his way to help newly arrived Irish people to settle in the US.

However, the fairytale ended in tragedy with Mr Corbett discovered with fatal head injuries shortly after 3am on August 2 2015.

Just weeks later he was scheduled to travel to Limerick to attend his father's 80th birthday party.

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