Jazz Chang

Memorial Serivce

2:00 pm
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Princeton University Chapel
Main Campus
Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of Jazz Raphael Chang

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Jazz Raphael Chang, 21, of Somerset passed away Friday, May 13, 2022. Jazz was born in New Brunswick, NJ.  


Jazz was a full scholarship honors student at Princeton University, a Benjamin Gillman scholar, a perfect scorer on the ACT, but more importantly, the best youngest child/sibling, beloved, loyal, perceptive, and a fierce friend of many.


Jazz was humble to a fault, deserving of all goodness and happiness in this life and beyond. Language, storytelling, and complex words were the true love and passion for Jazz. Jazz was the most talented avid learner, skilled in Chinese, English, Spanish, Latin, Russian, German, Turkish, Greek, and Swahili. Caring deeply for others, especially for those less fortunate and the excluded in society (those impacted by poverty, inequality, broken families, war, LGBTQ/minority rights, the powerless, the voiceless), Jazz was always giving to those in need, even when costly. Always skateboarding, playing catch, frisbee, games, swimming, running, playing the guitar/piano/music was Jazz. Also, Jazz owned the greatest collection of cute, lovable stuffed animals. 


Jazz poured out love to all, always striving to learn and practice how to love more fully and meaningfully.


Jazz is survived by parents, Stephen B. Chang and Mai Lin, and two brothers and a sister-in-law (Jonathan Chang, Justin Lin and his wife Lauren).


A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Princeton University Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Mather Hodge Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers:


Princeton University has graciously set up a fund that is by check (only) payable to the “Trustees of Princeton University,” with a note in the memo line “Jazz Chang ’23 Memorial Fund.” Mail to Princeton University Alumni and Donor Records, Helen Hardy, P.O. Box 5357, Princeton, NJ 08543-5357.


OR, because there is no online/mobile option through the university, brothers Justin and Jonathan will help collect any donations in Jazz’s memory toward the causes dear to Jazz including: mental health, helping those fleeing violence and oppression, and supporting women suffering through war. Venmo: @jonchang03 or Zelle: jonchang03@gmail.com with an appropriate memo (e.g. “In memory of Jazz”).

FINALLY: If you have stories or images of Jazz that you would like to share with the family, please email jonchang03@gmail.com


Elegy for Jazz Raphael Chang ‘23


Beloved Jazz, Jasper, Jasmine, 

leaving far too soon, departing,

rising out from burning ashes;

Precious life, blazing bright within.


No shroud nor veil can quite contain

this lovely heart and soul beneath, 

percolating and shining through

suppression, scars, and shattering pain.


Accepting, loving all, dear Friend.

Jazz, language wielder, Polyglot,

to magical worlds, a Traveler,

to stuffed animals, Keeper-Friend.


Pondering, Teacher and Thinker 

was Jazz. For games, a great Player!

Voracious was Jazz the Reader,

humbly wise, a lifelong Learner.


Struggles waged, an Overcomer,

Jazz prevailed. An understanding

listening, perceptive Empath

persevering, life’s race Runner.


Pouring out your Love so priceless

to the fractured, broken, needy,

society-spurned. Pure Lover

caring for the voiceless, helpless.


A world that did not dare deserve

this soul so precious. Suffering,

crying, weeping, everything hurts.

Deserving of all happiness!


Adios, Adieu, Ave, dear Jazz,

we yearn the day we reunite.

Please rest in power, peace and love.

On wings, fly on, our dear beloved.


- With deepest love, your brother JRL (Chí-chí)

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