Jonathan Schultz died on Sunday, April 10th, shortly after his 28th birthday. Born in Queens to Wayne Schultz and Norma Hernandez, he grew up playing sports and making friends in Middle Village. Passionate about football, he was a longtime member of the Queens Falcons. Jonathan brought his talent to Lawrence Academy, where he spent three years and earned his diploma in 2008, winning a graduation award for academic growth. As a linebacker, he helped his team earn a post-season bowl appearance, and he was admired and loved by his teammates. He suffered a season-ending injury at the start of his senior year, and his teammates, out of respect for their captain, rotated the honor of wearing his jersey number on the field for each game for the rest of the season so that his presence would be felt on the field. After graduating, Jonathan attended American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts working towards a business degree. Jonathan was known for his big heart and his willingness to defend those who could not defend themselves. Looking at a photo where he worked with young children in the Head Start program is just one example of his compassion for others. He will be lovingly missed by his parents, his son Donavan Schultz, his sisters Nicole Schultz, Stephanie Smith, and Melissa Schultz, and his brothers Ryan Schultz and Christian Schultz. Additionally, he leaves behind several other relatives and countless friends from his neighborhood, coaches, teammates, and friends. Visiting hours will be Thursday and Friday from 2-5 and 7-9 at Hess-Miller Funeral Home, and the funeral services will be Saturday, 10:45 am, at Our Lady of Hope in Middle Village Queens. Interment St. John’s Cemetery.