Jason Wynyard’s Married Wife and Children: Meet The Woodchopper’s Spouse Sharon and Kids; Tai, Tautoko

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Legendary woodchopper champion Jason Wynyard was married to Sharon Wynyard after his marriage to Karmyn and having two sons with her. Let’s meet his wife, ex-spouse and kids.

Jason Wynyard had a successful career as a wood chopper and a television star from Kawakawa in New Zealand.

The champion woodchopper won over a hundred world titles in the sport and also won the individual world championship nine times.

However, on October 4, 2023, the world learned about Wynyard’s passing. He battle a deadly cancer for months.

Following his death, many want to know more about his personal life. Here’s what we know about his wife and children.

Who was Jason Wynyard?

Born in the north island town of Te Awamutu, Wynyard is of Maori ancestry – an indigenous Polynesian people of mainland New Zealand.

He grew up in Kawakawa and was the father of former University of Kentucky men’s basketball player Tai Wynyard, 25.

Wynyard starred as himself in the TV programme: Stihl Timbersports World Championship 2018 – The Chase After Jason Wynyard.

Wynyard won over a hundred world titles in wood chopping and claimed nine senior world championships in his time at the top of his sport.

He holds the world record for Single Buck (with assistant) with a time of 9.39 in 2007.

He was also recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2017, making him a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM).

Wynyard is survived by his wife, Sharon, and son, Tai (25)
Wynyard is survived by his wife, Sharon, and son, Tai (25). Credit: Getty

Who is Jason Wynyard’s wife?

Jason Wynyard was married to twice in his life before his passing. His first spouse was his fellow woodchopper, Karmyn Wynyard and his second and current wife was Sharon Wynyard.

There are no details about his marriage to Sharon but she was his partner at the time he died and they had been together for years.

Before Sharon, Jason was married for over a decade to his first spouse, Karmyn Wynyard.

The former couple were in the same profession. Jason and Karmyn Wynyard were world champions on either end of a crosscut saw.

While 6 months pregnant, Karmyn Wynyard, won her 2nd Women’s Single Buck Championship in 2009.

She won a couple world titles and is a four-time world champion with her husband in the Jack & Jill competition at the annual Lumberjack World Championship.

Karmyn also played basketball at Division II Alaska-Anchorage in the mid-’90s, dabbled in wood-chopping after she married Jason.

Did Jason Wynyard have any children?

Before Jason Wynyard died, he was a proud father of two.

He had two children – all sons, per Nzherald. The names of their children are Tail Wynyard, 25, and Tautoko Waynyard, 18.

While not much is known about his second child, Tautoko, his oldest son Tai was born on February 5, 1998. They were born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand.

Although Jason was married to Sharon, he shares his kids with his ex-wife, Karmyn Wynyard.

The last post on Jason’s Instagram page about his child was when he celebrated his birthday in 2022.

He shared a baby picture of Tai and captioned his post with “Happy 24th birthday Tai! you were such an amazing baby and you’ve grown up to be a young man that I’m so proud of. love always dad ❤”

Who is Tai Wynyard?

Tai (real name: Tai Hikuroa Wynyard) is the child and first son of late woodchopper, Jason Wynyard.

Tai, who is 2.05 m tall, followed in his father’s footsteps as he took a career in sports.

He is a New Zealand professional basketball player who last played for the Canterbury Rams of the New Zealand National Basketball League.

He began his career playing in his home country for the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian NBL and the Super City Rangers of the New Zealand NBL.

Tai lives a life out of the spotlight and has private his Instagram account with over 17K followers.

How did Jason Wynyard die?

Jason Wynyard reportedly died on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. At the time of his death, he was 49 years old.

His death comes following a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

The Kiwi legend was diagnosed with stage four Burkitt Lymphoma in May and was pronounced dead on Wednesday morning.

Wynyard was surrounded by his loved one’s at home at the time of his death – including his wife, Sharon.

In August, doctors revealed that Wynard had only weeks to live.

Despite undergoing aggressive treatment, it failed to slow the spread of the cancer.

This was revealed in an Instagram post by his family.

It read: “The doctors tackled it with the strongest chemo protocol possible, and on August 18th, they told him that medically there was nothing more they could utilise to combat it and gave him weeks to live.

“Jason is continuing to do what he does best, and that is keeping his head in the game and keep fighting.

“He is now switching directions and is focused on an integrated approach to healing and is continuing his fight.

“He is using natural remedies, alternative therapies, and spiritual practices to boost his immune system, reduce inflammation, and enhance his wellbeing.

“He is also using a hyperbaric chamber, which delivers pure oxygen at high pressure, to improve his blood circulation and tissue repair.”